Showing posts with label biodiversity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label biodiversity. Show all posts

Monday, January 12, 2015

Return of the Wolves - 20 Years Later

Wolf in Lamar Valley
by Yellowstone NPS on Flickr.
This morning on the Yellowstone National Park Facebook page there was a gallery of photographs about the re-introduction of wolves to the park. It was twenty years ago today that the first wolves were re-introduced to the park. That gallery reminded me of the PBS documentary Return of the Wolves which is about the re-introduction of wolves. I have embedded the video below. (Viewers outside of the U.S. might not be able to see the embedded video).

Applications for Education
In the past I have used part of this documentary in a U.S. Civics lesson about states' rights v. federal powers. The lesson coincided nicely with a colleague's lesson about biodiversity.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Global Schoolyard Bioblitz - A Global Nature Lesson from Project Noah

Project Noah is a global project to which anyone can contribute. On Project Noah you can share pictures and stories of the plants and the animals that you observe in your neighborhood. Project Noah has a section titled Missions in which you can find projects that you can contribute to. The Missions ask people to make contributions of images and observations about a specific animal, plant, or region.

Project Noah for Teachers allows you to create and manage Project Noah accounts for your students. You can also use Project Noah for Teachers to enroll your students in "missions" or projects on Project Noah. A great Project Noah mission for students that is currently running is the Global Schoolyard Bioblitz. The Global Schoolyard Bioblitz was created by the National Environmental Education Foundation and National Geographic Education. The mission is to have students collect and share wildlife observations from their schoolyards around the world. Contributions to the mission don't have to be exotic because what is normal to you is exotic to someone else.

Project Noah offers iOS and Android apps that you can use to record and share your observations on the go.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Short Guide to Biodiversity

BBC News website includes a section for special reports. One of the categories of special reports is about science and technology. In the science section I found this short slideshow about biodiversity. The slides explain what biodiversity is, the animals most threatened by environmental changes, and the implications of reduced biodiversity.

Applications for Education
The information in the BBC's guide to biodiversity is not detailed. Therefore, it is best as a general introduction to the topic. I might consider sharing it with students and asking them to investigate the greater implications of reduced biodiversity in a particular ecosystem.

Thursday, February 13, 2014


In the words of Indiana Jones, "snakes! I hate snakes!" I don't actually hate snakes, but they do make me a bit nervous. Fortunately, I live in a cold climate that has few snakes and no native venomous snakes. The question of why venomous snakes live in warm climates is the focus of this video from Veritasium. The answer is much more complicated than I anticipated.

Applications for Education
Why Do Venomous Snakes Live In Warm Climates? could be the jumping-off point for lessons on biodiversity and adaptation to climate. The video also provides a great example of how statistics don't always tell the full story.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

A Great Lesson in Biodiversity

The BBC's Rebecca Morelle has published a great piece about the biodiversity of frogs found in the Costa Rican rainforest. What makes the piece great is the the videos of scientists holding the various frogs and explaining what makes each one unique from another. I couldn't embed the videos here so I linked the image below to the story.

Applications for Education
This article from the BBC and the accompanying videos could be used to introduce students to the idea of biodiversity.