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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

A Survey of the Birds of Indroda Nature Park in Gujarat, India

In the summer of 2006, I spent a month in Gujarat, in western India, visiting family. It was the middle of June, but in India summer was coming to a close. Every living thing was waiting for the monsoon rains to arrive and put an end to the infernal heat. It was perhaps not the best time of year to study birds, but for an apartment-dwelling, sun-deprived Connecticut bird enthusiast, any time was good enough for a field trip.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Lichens as Indicators of Vehicle Pollution

Can different lichen species be used as indicators of traffic contamination in his town? Find out what this young naturalist discovered when he set out to answer that question.

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Keeping a Field Journal 2

Peer into a researcher's field journal, and you'll see science in action. Go inside the New York Botanical Garden for a glimpse at a curator's field journals.

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Collecting Arthropod Specimens

What's the best way to catch an arthropod in the field—aerial netting, beating, or pitfall trapping? Actually, the answer is choosing the right collection method for your site's terrain and specimens.

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Maintaining an Arthropod Collection

Because dragonfly wings tend to lose their iridescence soon after they are killed, hazardous chemicals are sometimes used to "fix" the colors before they fade. But there are safer alternatives.

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Sorting Arthropods for Identification

Identifying arthropods is a challenge—even for someone who spends his days identifying Australian ground spiders at the museum. Get tips for making the sorting process easier.

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Investigating Plant-Arthropod Interactions

In her search for answers, this doctoral candidate mostly came up with more questions—a result that made her happy. Learn why she thinks the best part of discovery is following a trail of questions.

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Saving El Imposible: A Biodiversity Puzzle

Journey to El Salvador for a visit to El Imposible, where you have to go on horseback or foot to see the entire forest. This national park has been called the "Jewel of Central America."

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The Shining Star of South African Astronomy

On cloudless, moonless nights, the stars are so bright over the remote village of Sutherland, South Africa, that a person can walk by starlight alone. Learn more about the village’s Southern African Large Telescope (SALT).

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Essay: The Success of Failed Stars

Scientists have been studying brown dwarfs, or failed stars, for nearly a century. What have they learned? And what answers are they still seeking about these objects stuck somewhere between stars and planets?

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