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):
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?
My 3 year old grandson loves to watch the birds in my yard. We would spend hours inside and out watching and listening for them. Often he would hear a bird call and ask, "What's that?" I came across a great website -enature.com- that provided visuals and audio of birds in our area and their unique calls. He just loves it. You can modify the site to suit your location and types of animals you want to learn about. Here is the link...enjoy exploring!http://www.enature.com/home/indexNew.asp
Thanks Lynne, for the new sites to visit, I am sure they will be great fun for him, too....Marie
Marie, what a great idea for sharing nature with your grandson. My mother is a bird watcher and keeps the feeders in the woods filled to attract birds all year. She identifies each species from a guidebook on birds. She even has a clock that chirps each hour with a different bird sound. She would enjoy looking at the link you provided.
I wondered if you have looked at any of the zoo webcam feeds. Our girls used to watch the polar bears on live feeds from the Washington, D.C. zoo.
I just have to put in a plug for the International Wolf Center (http://www.wolf.org) in Ely, Minnesota! It happens to be my home state but it is a wonderful resource for teaching about endangered and threatened species (not just wolves) as well as for understanding the wolf and it's place in the ecosystem. They have lots of resources for kids including live web cams. They also do a series of "virtual field trips" where they connect with classrooms via interactive video conferencing and even take you into the center's enclosure to see the wolves up close (when they are out and about). A great resource.
ARKive is continuously adding new lesson plans and activities that are suitable for 5 to 18 year olds. ARKive’s free, fun-packed, teaching resources cover a range of key science and biology subjects including: adaptation, endangered species, food chains, Darwin and natural selection, classification, identification, conservation and biodiversity.
ARKive is an online initiative of the nonprofit organization, Wildscreen USA, based in Washington, DC. ARKive is a multi-media, award-winning website showcasing the world’s most threatened species through emotive film and photography.
For more info, visit: http://www.arkive.org/education/resources
What do you think of these resources?
NOTE: This post first appeared in another discussion created by ARKive Wildscreen.