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Climate Change and Migration

As those of us in Northern regions bid farewell to migratory species for the winter, and those of you in Southern regions are welcoming our summer wildlife, the topic of migration seemed like pertinent topic to write on today.  Climate change is clearly impacting migratory species.  Robins are being seen in the Arctic regions, and […]

Out of the vault: Will Steger’s archives

Recent funding from the Minnesota Historical Society has enabled us to begin organizing Will’s vast archives. This project will be helpful as we develop our new curriculum focused on Minnesota’s Changing Climate that integrates items from Will’s archives. Over the next few months as we dive into the archives I will be sharing some of […]

“Translating” Scientific Articles To Your Students

Finding ways to make scientific research accessible  to the non scientist is important, if not essential, especially on topics related to environmental issues. I thought I’d take today to review one of my favorite educational tools that makes science accessible to middle schoolers, The Natural Inquirer. The Natural Inquirer is a middle school science education […]

Fill Your Notebooks!

During Dr. Naomi Oreskes’s public forum a few weeks ago, she spoke about how she answers the question, “What can I do to help fight climate change? Should I buy a new hybrid car?” Dr. Oreskes said that she instantly responds that the best car is the car you already have. The amount of waste […]

Talking to Children About Climate Change

I came across this essay in one of my favorite monthly magazines, Orion, a few years ago.  Rereading it today I was struck by how deeply I connected with it now that my own  children are reaching the “why?” age of life.  In the essay Sandra Steingraber, an accomplished environmental writer and ecologist, describes her […]