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4 Ways that You can Reduce your Plastic Footprint

What do a toothbrush, a sandwich bag, and a water bottle all have in common? They are all made of plastic! In fact, there are many things that we use every day that are use plastic that we don’t even think about- like milk gallons, straws, and hairbrushes (oh my!).  But where does all this […]

Fireflies, Warm Weather, and Bioluminescence

Firefly, firefly beetle, glow fly, flow worm, moon bug, golden sparkler, fire devil, blinkie, and lightning bug are all names for the lampyridae beetle. It is clear where fireflies got their name, as they produce a flashing glow as they fly through the air on warm summer nights. What actually causes fireflies to glow? There […]

Watch Meteors on Meteor Watch Day!

Ever had the chance to make a wish on a shooting star? This superstition originated around 2000 years ago in Ancient Greece, believed to be gods peering down to Earth from the skies. Science has confirmed that falling stars has nothing to do with the Olympian gods; this source of luck is a fiery space […]

Mosquitos: Why do they Suck?

Why are mosquitos so religious? Because they prey on you! When making a list of the most dangerous creatures on our planet, what do you think of? A menacing shark with 3,000 teeth? A hungry, slithering, 30-foot long anaconda? What about a buzzing, blood sucking mosquito? Mosquitos may not maul you like a vicious tiger, […]

World Oceans Day: Protecting Earth’s Largest Ecosystem

Earth’s surface is covered in water, making around 71% of the planet ocean water. Earth’s oceans are our largest ecosystem, home to more than 2 million estimated species. Marine plants provide our planet with almost 70% of our oxygen we breathe, and ocean animals provide for a sixth of all animal protein humans consume. If […]

Snake Rattle

Ophidiophobia, or fear of snakes, is the most common fear in the United States! More than half of the population’s largest fear are our legless friends, followed by public speaking and heights. What about slithering snakes makes us so uncomfortable? The cliché is true, snakes are more scared of us than we are of them. […]

Cactus Survival

When picturing a desert landscape, one plant stands apart from the barren desert horizon: the cactus.  Most people hear the word cactus, they think of a resilient, thorny plant in a lifeless habitat. There are more than 2,000 species of cactus that vary in shape, color, size, and type of habitat! While cacti are native […]

Sand and Seashells

For most people, a vacation looks like playing in the sand on a sunny beach.  While you may be annoyed as you clean sand out of every crevasse for weeks after your beach trip, take the opportunity to recognize the 4.5-billion-year history of sand! Sand can be found all over, from the beach to backyard […]

Sea Urchins

Sea urchins are often called the porcupines of the sea due to their prickly appearance. These spikey creatures can be found in all oceans, warm to cold, around the world in rock pools, mud, coral reefs, or sea grass beds. Like many invertebrates, sea urchins depend on a tough outer shell to keep them safe, […]

Echolocation

What is echolocation? Echolocation uses sound waves and echoes to determine the placement of objects, making it possible to maneuver and find food in complete darkness! For nocturnal animals or animals with subpar sight, echolocation is a radar to help them navigate through the world. Bats, dolphins, toothed whales, and a few types of birds […]