• EButterfly

    1 month ago - By Minnesota Zoo

    Something about butterflies seems to spark curiosity and awe in people of all ages... The caterpillar-turned-butterfly is one of the most spectacular wonders of nature. And spotting a pair of fluttering wings among wildflowers is a sure sign of summer.
    Unfortunately many species of butterflies today are in trouble. Habitat loss, climate change, pesticides, and disease are all working together to threaten the future of many of these wonderful creatures. You can help by becoming a backyard butterfly scientist!
    eButterfly is an online database of butterfly observations from all over the...
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  • Awe in Nature - Generating Curiosity

    Awe in Nature - Generating Curiosity

    1 month ago - By Minnesota Zoo

    Have you ever gazed up at the stars and felt a spine-tingling sensation? Or viewed the vast openness of the Grand Canyon and felt your breath taken away? If so, you may have experienced awe. “Awe” has been defined as “being in the presence of something vast or beyond human scale”. While the definition makes it sound like only major experiences generate awe, the reality is everyday experiences can create an experience of awe!
    Why is awe important?? Researchers have discovered that awe binds us together and helps us to act in more collaborative ways. Awe can also help foster curiosity and...
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