Today I visited the daycare my daughters' used to go to with specimens from the insect zoo. So fun! I love the enthusiasm the kids have for all things living. I also notice that the girls are generally much more interested in holding the animals than the boys. I wonder where that difference in socialization comes in. I think it is found in differences in interest in animals with backbones, too. In trying to learn about research on that (yes, I'm procrastinating), I came across this interesting article: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0023152
It turns out kids are more interested in exotic biodiversity they only know of virtually to local real biodiversity. I'm glad I found that. I think next time I do an insect zoo visit I'll include locally collected insects and spiders so that they can get to know what is here, and appreciate that, too.
Occasional thoughts about academia and science, and stuff. I like.... stuff