6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 23, 2013 2:36 PM by Lynne Hoffman RSS

What are some good resources for students to learn about wildlife?

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My daughter, an Assistant Professor of Anthrozoology, Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation, recently had her college students conduct a study of wildlife in western New York forests by hiding trapping cameras throughout the area that recorded the activity of animals for 24 hours.  Then her students retrieved the cameras and watched the videos to see the animal behavior.  This lab produced some unexpected results and fascinated her students.


Have you considered using live feeds to teach your students about wildlife?  There are several online resources that may enhance your teaching about wildlife.  Some zoos offer live webcam broadcasts of animals in their natural habitats.  You also may want to check out the following sites described in a blog post by Richard Byrne titled "3 Good Places Where Students Can Watch and Learn About Wildlife" (January 18,2013):


  • Explore.org provides films and images focused on "exploring the world and the work of non-profit organizations around the world. The films and images are organized by location and by charitable and/or environmental cause. Part of the video gallery includes live webcam feeds of animals in their habitats as well as recorded videos. Explore.org offers a lesson plan section for teachers."
  • Arkive.org offers an "extensive collection of videos and images of plants and animals. The videos and images are cataloged according to animal, plant, eco-region, and geo-political region. You can navigate the galleries by selecting one of the broad categories and then choosing a subject within that broad category. Videos on Arkive can be downloaded to for classroom use." Also Arkive offers students a dozen online games that are a mix of quizzes and problem solving games.
  • Wild Earth is a free site "that has organized more than three dozen live webcam feeds of animals. While watching the video feeds, registered users can chat with each other about what they're seeing. If the video feed is not live when you visit the website, you can choose from any number of recorded videos."


What experiences have you had with your students in using live webcam feeds and/or videos in teaching about wildlife? 

Do you have other websites and/or resources you would recommend for teaching about wildlife?

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