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- Birds of North America Online
From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Birds of North America Online is a comprehensive reference for life history information on over 700 different bird species that breed in the U.S. and Canada. This website includes photo galleries, vocalizations, updated text, and video for many species. Subscription required.
The Web site of the internationally syndicated EarthSky radio series, with hosts Deborah Byrd and Joel Block. Interviews with scientists, commentary, video picks, photo galleries, and night sky charts.
Is an organization that brings veterinary medicine to wildlife health issues. It gives veterinarian training and employment in wildlife and marine mammal management, as well as environmental education in field biology, habitat planning and endangered species management. The website offers webumentary video clips featuring interviews with Envirovet students, alumni, and staff offering expertise on a variety of wildlife issues. A broadband connection is recommended when attempting to view the clips.
The Exploratorium has created interactive hands-on workshops providing an introduction to genetics for all ages. These workshops can be used alone or in conjunction with the DNA Files radio programs.
- Google Earth
Is a virtual globe that brings satellite images and local facts into view with streaming technology and 3D imagery Zoom in on any place on the planet to explore Google Earth is free to use and no registration is required.
- How Earthquakes Happen
BBC- British Broadcasting Company website provides the slideshow "How Earthquakes Happen" with the latest news, eyewitness accounts, and background analysis on the Tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia.
- Hurricanes: Science and Society
Hurricanescience.org is a great resource for information about the science of hurricanes and how to lessen their impacts. Major sections include Hurricane Science, Hurricanes and Society, and Hurricane History. It also offers peer reviewed science content, case studies, and an interactive history timeline. The information is targeted toward the media, the general public, and students 7-12. To learn more, visit the Hurricanes: Science and Society web site.
- Learn to Bird by Ear with free "Bird Song Hero"
The free game "Bird Song Hero" teaches players how to recognize and identify bird calls by matching the played call to one out of three presented bird visuals. Free and simple, "Bird Song Hero," can help encourage an early interest in birds or test old skills. The game offers more than 50 calls.
- Marine Fisheries Series Activities Guide
An online activity guide geared for middle to high school students. It is a guide created by the Marine Fisheries Series project to help students dive deeper into the topics covered in the documentary series. The guide includes six engaging, peer-reviewed activities, correlated to national science and social studies education standards. These activities work well in classrooms as well as non-traditional educational settings such as nature or science centers, aquariums and zoos.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium Web Site Video Library
Includes over 30 videos about animals, exhibits and conservation research programs at the aquarium. Requires QuickTime or Windows Media Player. Site also offers activities, materials for the classroom materials, and marine science career information.
- Pulse of the Planet
Each weekday, Pulse of the Planet provides its listeners with a two-minute sound portrait of Planet Earth, tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide and blending interviews and extraordinary natural sound.
Science360 is a news service provided by the National Science Foundation and NBC Learn which reports on science-related breaking news. They include stories, videos, and pictures of the latest developments in scientific research and in-depth information about a wide variety of topics all related to the field. To learn more, visit the Science360 Web site.
- Science Off the Sphere Video Series
NASA and the American Physical Society (APS) have entered into a partnership to share unique videos from the International Space Station with students, educators and science fans around the world. NASA astronaut Don Pettit will use everyday objects from Earth to demonstrate physics through the "Science off the Sphere" video series, available on the APS's outreach website, Physics Central. Also featured will be educational content on the physics topics demonstrated in space by Pettit in order to challenge the viewers on a physics issue. The segments of "Science off the Sphere" will end with a question for the viewers. APS will review the responses and identify a winner. Pettit will recognize the winner in a future installment. For more information, visit: www.physicscentral.com/sots.
- Science Olympiad teams up with TV Show "Fringe"
Fox and Science Olympiad have partnered to create lesson plans for grades 9-12. The lessons have elements from both the science of the television series and Science Olympiad events, like Disease Detectives or Dynamic Planet. They can be downloaded for free and added to curriculum, given as projects or formatted as brain teasers. They provide many resources for teachers like learning objectives, hands-on activities, discussion suggestions, relevant episode scenes, online resources, and National Science Standards Alignment. For more information visit the Science Olympiad website.
- Teens For Planet Earth
A unique program developed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, supports teens (ages 14-17) and teen leaders/educators as they carry out environmental service-learning projects. The Web site provides a resource library, news articles, and a Take Action section.
- The DNA Files III
National Public Radio (NPR) is broadcasting this documentary series exploring the science of genetics. The ethical, social, and legal implications of genetics are also featured in the series. The website contains more information and podcasts in MP3 format.
- The Secret Lives of Scientists & Engineers
"The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers," is a NOVA web-only series of videos that introduce the research of individual scientists while providing a glimpse at "secrets" from their personal lives. A new scientist is now being profiled every two weeks. Each new profile includes short video clips that make science and scientists accessible to students, as well as a forum that allows students to ask questions directly of profiled scientists.
- The Story of Stuff
This fast-paced 20 minute video is a resource to initiate class discussions on sustainability. It shows the environmental and social impact of material consumption and how we can work together for a sustainable world. The website includes links, resources, discussion questions and the Green Schools Initiative website for information on greening your school.
- Videoclips for Teachers from NASA
This new web resource from NASA features over 220 five- to 10-minute free educational video segments on the subjects of science, math, and engineering and their application in real-world situations Videos highlighting current research and innovations will be added to the site throughout the school year The videos are separated into grade- level categories for grades K-12 and provide valuable enhancements to teachers' lesson plans Educators can download and save the videos, or stream them directly from the website, as well as use the lesson plans and materials that accompany the videos.
- Watershed Academy Online Courses
The EPA provides a FREE set of self-paced training modules that represents a basic but broad introduction to watershed management. This program's goal is to provide useful information to local and state/tribal efforts aimed at improving the health of our Nation's waters by protecting and managing their watersheds. These training modules cover the most important watershed management topics, Web modules resemble interactive guest lectures by leaders in watershed management. Unlike an average technical paper, many modules are visually rich and contain 25 to 50 color illustrations and photos. A module typically contains many links for those seeking greater detail, while module-specific glossaries are there for beginners. Self-tests enable trainees to check their retention and see immediate results. The length and complexity of each module varies, but most are at the college freshman level of instruction and require a ½ hour to 2 hours each to complete.