Grades 9-12

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

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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.

Lichens as Indicators of Vehicle Pollution

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.

Keeping a Field Journal 2

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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.

Collecting Arthropod Specimens

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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.

Maintaining an Arthropod Collection

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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.

Sorting Arthropods for Identification

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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.

Investigating Plant-Arthropod Interactions

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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.

Saving El Imposible: A Biodiversity Puzzle

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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."

Essay: Stars in Exquisite Accuracy

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Essay: Stars in Exquisite Accuracy

There’s only one star that astronomers have a firm grasp on: the Sun. Fundamental facts about other stars remain elusive. Find out how a powerful interferometer atop Mount Wilson in Southern California hopes to change that.

Biogeography Begets Biodiversity

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Biogeography Begets Biodiversity

Discover how the geological and climatic changes that have unfolded over millions of years in Vietnam have set the stage for an extraordinary richness of biodiversity.

Biodiversity in the Crossfire

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Biodiversity in the Crossfire

See how scientists are racing to reveal Vietnam's biological riches before many species and their habitats disappear from the country's landscape due to expanding development and human activity.

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The Sorry Story of Georges Bank

Find out why this huge shoal between Massachusetts' Cape Cod and Nova Scotia's Cape Sable Island is one of the world's most important fishing resources — and why it's now at risk.

The Burdens of a Beast

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The Burdens of a Beast

Unlike people in Africa, who kept their distance from elephants except to hunt them, people in Asia have lived closely with elephants since at least 2000 B.C. Take a closer look at the underlying bond that exists today. 

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