Ecology

A number of Burmese pythons have been found on Key Largo, and a few in the Lower Keys.  However, there is as yet no evidence of a breeding population anywhere in the Keys.  Because pythons regularly escape or are released from captivity, it can be...
No. Although sturgeon and catfish can be found in the same habitats and they both have barbels (whiskerlike growths extending from the jaw), they are not closely related. Sturgeon are much more primitive than catfish. There are some catfish sold for...
In some places, yes, but under several constraints. Specifically, importation of live snakeheads and their interstate transport is prohibited. Many states prohibit possession of snakeheads, and several of those states have done so for decades. Aquarists...
Most snakeheads will avoid contact with humans. However, when guarding their eggs or young, they can become aggressive if approached. One species, the giant snakehead (Channa micropeltes) native to southeastern Asia, has been reported to be aggressive...
Dead snakeheads--on ice or frozen--can be imported for food purposes to any state except those where importation or possession of dead snakeheads is illegal. Live snakeheads of one species being cultured in Hawaii, but not exported to the mainland of the...
The USGS has some great science fair ideas related to earthquakes. Find inspiration for projects on other science topics by browsing the USGS Education website.
Mineral elements provide the color in fireworks. Barium produces bright greens; strontium yields deep reds; copper produces blues; and sodium yields yellow. Other colors can be made by mixing elements; strontium and sodium produce brilliant orange;...
Although claims of their mobility have been greatly exaggerated, several species of snakeheads are able to wriggle overland from one body of water to another, particularly if the ground is wet. They do this by flexing their body and pushing with their...
Absolutely! The USGS has partnerships with many citizen science programs that are appropriate for classroom projects or for individual students. These programs include:USA National Phenology Network (NPN)Project BudBurstNorth American Bird Phenology...
The USGS does not have any positions specifically targeted to teachers, but appropriate positions do exist. See the Careers and Opportunites page on the USGS Education Website to review sites that list volunteer or summer positions for students and...