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Karen McDonald
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Science Educator and Content Writer
Science Educator and Content Writer

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Wood Frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus) Freeze Solid Over Winter and Then Come Back to Life in Spring Here in North America there are a wide variety of toads and frogs but perhaps none are so unusual as the wood frog. These frogs are found in Eastern North…

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Dr. Seuss Nature Books and TV Show on PBS for Children Science and Nature in Verse Growing up I always loved the Dr. Seuss books, especially the “Cat in the Hat,” which is why I’m excited to say that there is a set of Dr. Seuss books for the next…

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Outdoor Education and Working with Home School Groups A Guide To Help Other Information Education Venues work with Home School Students After conducting informal science education programs (outside of the classroom) for over fifteen years I have found…

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Look, I Found This Skull In The Woods! What is it? North American Animal Skull Identification Resources to Help You Identify Found Skulls As a naturalist I always thought it would be a fun idea to have a nature based version of Antiques Road Show. For the…

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Join The National Audubon Society‘s 114th Christmas Bird Count (Photo: Flicker Common Use Dana Orlosky) Each year brave and intrepid birders go out into the cold and snow to count birds for the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) with the National Audubon Society.…

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Consider Reusable Sandwich Wrappers as Stocking Stuffers This Year Often when I’m teaching, the groups that I work with stay over for lunch between programs. I like to join them to continue getting to know the visitors and also to talk to them about…

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Where Can You Learn to Be a Master Naturalist? States with Master Naturalist Programs and Classes After a successful nature walk, talk, or program I’m often asked about where I received my education, what it takes to be a naturalist or nature educator,…

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Picking a Feather off the Ground May Get You Jail Time Migratory Bird Treaty Act Makes Collecting Bird Feathers Illegal, the Feather Atlas from USFWS Can Help Often times when leading hikes I see visitors in my programs pick up bird feathers and want to…

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The Ruddy Duck: A Bird With Style An Introduction to the Natural History and Identification of the Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) In the winter a common visitor to our shores, and much of the South-East and Western US, is the Ruddy Duck (Oxyura…

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This is the first in a series guest blogging I'm doing, focusing on Citizen Science in the Classroom.
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