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Image: A cluster of mangroves emerging from the salt water in Kenya.

What is a Mangrove and Why Are They One of The World’s Most Important Trees?

When you feel like you're in a hard situation, can you adapt to make it better for yourself and others? The remarkable mangrove trees do just that, making homes in salt water and saving the environments around them. They're living proof that when we find ways to thrive despite our challenges, we can make life better for everyone around us.
Image: Flying fox hanging upside down with its tongue out

Why You Should Thank Bats for Your Next Margarita!

Do you hate mosquitos but love tequila? Your new favorite animal may be a bat! These flying mammals may get a bad rap, but they are actually some of nature's most important species and are responsible for some of our favorite foods.
Image: Two mud skippers

The Surprising Benefits of Being a Fish Out of Water!

Whether they're ditching gills for lungs or using their fins to walk across the land, these fish are about to have you seeing new possibilities all over the place! These fish out of water will have you looking at your unusual talents with a whole new appreciation. 
Image: Eel (technically an Anguilla marmorata)

Do You Know Where Baby Eels Come From? Neither Does Science!

There are a lot of mysteries about the world around us, but one you probably never thought you'd ponder is the mating lives of eels! EELS? Yes, these slippery friends have stumped scientists and philosophers for centuries, and this mystery reminds us all of the wonderful quirks of our world!
Image: Little Lady enjoying the sun!

Why Is My Cat So Dang Weird?!

The midnight racing, the pre-pounce butt-wiggle... these are just a small sampling of the odd things that cats do. But you don't need to be a crazy cat lady to appreciate these sometimes-ferocious little furballs! Let's start by nipping at the evolutionary excuses your cat has for being, well, the weirdest!
Image: New York City Skyline Above the Urban Forest of Central Park

Celebrating Our Most Under-Appreciated Neighbors!

When you think of cities, trees probably aren't the first things that come to mind. But did you know that trees are a vital part of creating healthy urban spaces? Urban forests have been used for thousands of years to keep city-dwellers healthy, and now we are rediscovering their benefits!
Image: Pink sea cucumber moving over coral

The Most Marvelous Butts of the Ocean!

Make your next trip to the beach even more exciting by discovering the journey that the sand between your toes has gone through! Sometimes, the most important players in our lives are vastly overlooked. So today, we relish in the wonder of the sea cucumber: the most humble, hungry hot dog you'll ever find saving the world!

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