How does a cheetah run so fast?

On e of the joys of teaching a zoology class is that there are so many amazing stories to tell about how different animals are uniquely adapted to their lifestyle/environment. One such story is about why the cheetah so fast. Their springy, springy spine, and leg muscles dominated by fast twitch fibers (among other things) […]

Jaguar Sneak Attack on a Basking Caiman

Amazing video from the PBS series The Story of Cats – a jaguar swims to sneak up on and attack a caiman in Brazil’s Pantanal. Watch below:

The Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle

This plant…will kill you. 

Have you ever heard a bullfrog scream?

One of the most memorable experiences I had as a teacher intern last spring was an ecology class field trip to a vernal pool near my home. The kids were fully engaged, and several of the boys were determined to catch as many frogs as they could. One of the frogs that was scooped up […]

I have gained new respect for the power of lightning…

YouTube user Anja Englert recently uploaded a video of a lightning bolt destroying a telephone pole in Chicago – check it out, it’s quite striking 🙂 Need to save this one for Physical Science class.

What the Cat-Cucumber Video Taught Me About How We Teach Biology in Schools

I had an eye opening experience in biology class the other day. The students were given a current event assignment in which they had to use their Chromebooks to find an article of interest, read it, and then answer a series of questions about the article. The only requirements were that the article had to […]