Exploring the Landscape of Pixie Cup Lichen

Pixie Cup Lichen by Erin Ebersberger Broadcast 7.1 & 7.6.2018   Listen:   Lying on my stomach on the fringes of the forest, my view is perfect of a colony of tiny lichens. They are perched on top of a rock outcrop, beyond which lies a majestic view eastward...

Avian Adaptations

By Rosie Costain, VNS Volunteer March’s Visiting Naturalist in the Schools lesson was all about feathers. Fourth and fifth graders learned how to identify feathers based on their shape and determined each feather’s function, whether it was the warmth of downy feathers...

Connecting Kids with Nature…and Connecting with Kids

by Rosie Costain, MNHC Volunteer The first time I volunteered with the Visiting Naturalist in the Schools (VNS) program, I found myself dumbfounded by the information a group of 4th graders knew off the top of their heads. January was about identifying skulls. When...

Ice Ribbons

By Kelly Dix, MNHC Volunteer Last Thanksgiving we took a trip to New Mexico. We were hiking in the Sandia Mountains in the late morning on a north-facing slope. It was a clear and crisp day and had gotten quite cold overnight. We approached some low-lying plants that...

Thermus Aquaticus

Thermus aquaticus by Camille Barr Broadcast 2.21, 2.24, 2.25.2008 Listen:   Thermus aquaticus. An odd name that sounds like something out of a science fiction novel. Or perhaps a superhero that rescues people who have fallen to Davy Jones’ locker. It turns out that...