Twelve winning essays from the 1998 contest year of the Young Naturalist Awards by students from grade 7 - 12. In honor of the opening of the Hall of Biodiversity, student essays focused on the biodiversity they discovered in a variety of local habitats.
Did you know that all slugs eat the equivalent of their own body weight each night? Or that some slugs are cannibalistic? Let this 17-year-old from Washington State introduce you (literally) to a banana slug.
What is it about a slug's body that allows it to live in a variety of environments but makes salt a deadly substance? Take a closer look at these nocturnal critters with a 15-year-old from Maryland.