TAG: Wildlife

Learn More About The World With Journey North

Learn More About The World With Journey North

Wading through educational websites to find the quality ones can be time consuming. Journey North is a terrific, nature and earth focused resource for teachers, homeschool families and children. From The Annenberg Foundation, it offers a global-wide study of the seasons and wildlife migration for students, grades kindergarten through high school, and is also open to the interested public. The goal is to gather and encourage proactive learning within the community of online citizen scientists. Learners can share actual field experience and observations with other students in different parts of the world. The network of classrooms all work together to track… read more

Paddle-to-the-Sea Lessons

paddle-to-the-sea

  The children’s book turned film, Paddle-to-the-Sea was written in 1941 by Holling Clancy Holling. In 1966 it was turned into an educational adventure film by award-winning Canadian director and photographer Bill Mason. Presented for the National Film Board of Canada, it is a narrative tale of a handmade traveling canoe and its passenger voyaging through the waterways of Lake Superior, the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. The story highlights the wonder of the sun and water systems, and how the environment is affected by them. The seasons and their changing cycles are played out on page and on screen in… read more

Have Kids? DIY – Don’t Buy These 3 Springtime Toys

Have Kids? DIY - Don’t Buy These 3 Springtime Toys

Make them. Bubbles, play dough and chalk are mainstays of a child’s imagination diet, and a great recipe for outdoor fun. They are also easy to make at home, and kids can help with the recipes. Bubbles, mostly sold in retail-land in plastic containers, are completely simple to make at home. Using generous drops of dish soap, water and a reusable container you can stir up a batch of your own. Check out the National Wildlife Federation for a list of fun bubble recipes. Save wands from other bubble container inserts or make it a game and have kids hunt for… read more

Lake Houses For Sunny Days

Lake Houses For Sunny Days

Lakefront houses equal instant outdoor entertainment and often come with expansive, tranquil views. Coming from a part of the globe that has been stuck in an ongoing wintry lassitude, these lake houses seem like warm, sunny escapes from blistery winds and monotonous dreariness. This concept design for a vacation house was formed with the relaxed outside lifestyle in mind and the client’s desire to experience the surrounding wildlife, even while indoors. From designer Robert Bailey, the use of natural materials throughout highlights the waterfront environment. Oak and stone help to create a balance of organic and modern. Gorgeous chunks of… read more

Are There Any Positives To Our Impact On Earth?

Are There Any Positives To Our Impact On Earth?

It is naïve to think that human experiences have not altered the earth’s natural processes. Our daily activities have, in fact, been an irreversible detriment to many of the planet’s way of doing things. The field of environmental health seeks to identify how our surroundings affect human health and the environment. Research in this area uncovers many concerns about our relationship to our surroundings, but could there in fact be some positives to the human impact? The pressing question isn’t whether or not we have altered things, but what exactly is the full effect of our modifications. How does if effect… read more

The Effects of The Illegal Ivory Trade

The Effects of The Illegal Ivory Trade

Large numbers of elephants are slain for their ivory tusks everyday, and the numbers are on the sharp increase. Making big money for poachers and enticing collectors, the illegal ivory trade renders devastating effects. Places that have been listed as major contributors of illegal ivory sales include Thailand, Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Malaysia, the Philippines, China, and Vietnam. Although there are many other countries that also share this problem, central Africa has been regarded as the region with the largest number of illegal activity. One kilo of ivory can sell for at least $3,000 U.S. from these zones…. read more

Eagle Cam Shares Bird’s Eye View over Chamonix

Eagle Cam Shares Bird's Eye View over Chamonix (video)

What’s it like to fly like an eagle over one of the most beautiful places on Earth? That might seem like a silly question, because we’ll probably never fly like an eagle, but now you can find out what the view looks like from up there, thanks to YouTuber Srachi, who uploaded this video of the Mer De Glace area of Chamonix,  taken with a GoPro camera mounted onto the back of one.

And You Thought GIFs Were Outdated

And You Thought GIFs Were Outdated

Graphics Interchange Format, or more commonly known as GIFs, was presented to web users in 1987. They were created by Steve Wilhite, an employee for a company called CompuServe which happened to be the first major online service provider in the U.S. This was an upgrade from the black and white standard format that was available, and back in the day it was an instant hit. Wilhite has been honored with a Webby Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions. This video summarizes the history of animated GIFs. Progressing to the animated GIFs that have been spread around by online users… read more

The Soundtracker Wants You To Hear This

The Soundtracker Wants You To Hear This

Earth is a Solar Powered Juke Box – Gordon Hempton Capturing the sounds of nature, acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton has been recording wildlife noises for decades. Referred to as the Soundtracker, Hempton has traveled the globe in order to catch glimpses of nature sounds that may otherwise go unheard. Getting an exclusive sound in the outdoor elements is just another day at the office for this audio adventurer. Sometimes placing himself in dangerous positions to collect the noises or the naturally quiet, his live nature recordings are done using customized equipment with tried and tested methods. For instance, placing sandpaper over… read more

Tips For Capturing A Great Environmental Portrait

Tips For Capturing A Great Environmental Portrait

Do your photographs always turn out terrible? Whether you can’t pull off a good group photo, your nature shots tend to turn out grainy or you just want to enhance your image, a few tips for taking environmental portraiture will improve your chances of capturing that perfect picture. Though good photography equipment does help, it doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. Using what you already do have along with some suggestions can get that optimal environmental shot of wildlife or people. Try these easy to follow tricks for netting better outdoor images from the Department of Environmental Conservation. Simple tips… read more