Studying Animal Ecology and Hummingbirds with Nat Geo Explorer, Anusha Shankar

Animal Ecology is a fascinating science career which studies animal behaviors. In this session we learn about the experiments and incredibly interesting ways to learn about the unique adaptations of hummingbirds. Did you know that hummingbirds are always on the edge between life and death, balancing eating to gain energy and constantly burning energy. At night, they experience torpor. To learn more about torpor, check out this video. Learn about hibernation here. Love animals and want to keep learning about them and the natural world? Become a Naturalist or Citizen Scientist! If you are curious how to do this, simply go outside in nature, and pay attention to the natural world, take notes of what you see, and identify living things. Curious about identifying what you see? Download the apps, "Google Lens" and "iNaturalist" where you can share your findings with a broader audience and engage in naturalist project. Check out citizen science projects for kids at PBS Kids. For older students, Reserva Youth Land Trust has compelling resources to build passion in young people. Want to be a birder and share your bird sightings? Check out eBird. Another fascinating way students can engage and help scientists is by counting penguins and watching for pollinators at Zooniverse. Try tracing bird beaks at Mark My Birds. Nat Geo has a resource available that engages in citizen science.

Curious with a question? Submit it here.