Scientists in the Field

Batty Halloween!

It’s that time of year for tricks or treats and other spooky happenings. And while one of Halloween’s most famous symbols—the bat—may sometimes get a bad reputation, Bat Conservation International states, “bats are our unseen gardeners, with many different foods … Read more

We Need More Bats in the Cave

Since its discovery in 2006, White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) has infected millions of hibernating bats and severely reduced bat populations in the Northeast. According to White-Nose Syndrome.org, “WNS has killed more than 5.7 million bats in eastern North America. In some … Read more

Pluto Update from NASA Headquarters

Hello from Washington, DC! I’ve been in Maryland and DC this week with the New Horizons team as their spacecraft made its historic flyby of Pluto. On July 14th it made its closest approach, taking pictures and using its instruments … Read more

Pluto Flyby!

Get ready for your closeup, Pluto! This Tuesday, July 14th, at 7:49 AM EDT the first-ever spacecraft to visit Pluto will make its closest approach. The robotic spacecraft New Horizons is set to fly by the icy dwarf planet and its five moons after a … Read more

Save the Date for Pluto

The first ever spacecraft to visit the Pluto system, New Horizons, is less than two months out! After hurtling across the solar system at 30,000 miles per hour for more than nine years, the piano-sized robotic probe is finally nearing … Read more

Celebrate World Rhino Day!

September 22nd is World Rhino Day! Zoos, wildlife organizations, businesses, students, and concerned citizens around the world are getting the word out about the trouble these remarkable animals face in the wild. World Rhino Day’s theme says it all: Five Rhino Species … Read more

Bust Some Bat Myths This Halloween!

Halloween is a terrific opportunity to separate fact from fiction as far as bats are concerned. So I’m jumping on the bandwagon with Bat Conservation International (BCI) to bust some myths about the only flying mammals—bats! BCI is a fantastic … Read more

Closing National Parks Harms More Than Tourists

Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks, monuments, and recreational area across the United States are currently closed. Shuttering the national parks has ruined vacations, delayed weddings, and hurt businesses that depend on visitors. But tourism isn’t the … Read more

Now For Some Happier Rhino News

An incredible image has come from the jungles of Indonesia. It shows a rare Sumatran rhino, one just like the late Emi (from Emi and the Rhino Scientist, pictured, with Dr. Terri Roth) and her offspring Andalas, Suci, and Harapan … Read more

World Rhino Day Focuses On Poaching Crisis

An annual event meant to celebrate all things rhino, this year’s World Rhino Day had a worrisome tone. “Every single rhino is under threat of poaching at the moment,” said Barney Long of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). “This slaughter … Read more

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