People in Maryland love their Baltimore orioles — so much so that their major league baseball team bears the name of the migrating bird. Yet, by 2080, there may not be any orioles left in Maryland. They migrate each year and, according to a new report, could soon be forced to nest well north of the Mid-Atlantic state.
And the oriole is not alone. A seven-year study published Tuesday by the National Audubon Society warns that the migratory routes and habitats of more than half of the birds in North America are now or soon will be threatened by climate change.
More Than Half Of U.S. Bird Species Threatened By Climate Change
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“If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.”
—Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
Don’t worry: No puppies were drowned in the making of Underwater Puppies. Photographer Seth Casteel says his shoots actually doubled as pool safety lessons:
So many people forget that our swimming pools, as much fun as they are, they are a danger, and they can be a danger to … our fur children. … I mean, a lot of these puppies I work with — for Underwater PuppiesI worked with over 1,500 — all it took was just a few times, putting them in the water and teaching them where the exit is, and they figured it out.
More photos (and Casteel’s interview on Morning Edition) here!
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High School Reading List
Back in May, the #weneeddiversebooks campaign lit a fire to fulfill the desperate need for diverse books in children’s literature. Behind the Book has always championed efforts to find diverse authors and protagonists that will appeal to students since we serve communities of color. For your enjoyment (and enrichment), we’ve created an epic list of diverse books to reflect the diversity in our city; here’s our list for high school students.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Drown by Junot Diaz
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
The Living by Matt De La Peña, a Behind the Book author
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: a Novel by Nadia Hashimi
Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis
A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri
The Book of Unknown Americans: a Novel by Cristina Henríquez
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle
Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi
For descriptions, click the read more!
(Click the following links to be directed to the Kindergarten, (early) Elementary and Middle Grade lists)
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