Biological Sciences Resources

Biological Sciences Resources
  • NatureWatch

    • http://www.naturewatch.ca/english/

    • Do you want to get outside and explore nature, while helping to protect the environment? NatureWatch lets you become a citizen scientist, and contribute to real research into the effects of climate change and other impacts on biodiversity. You can choose to collect data on frogs, ice, plants, or worms in your own neighbourhood, and learn important scientific observation and data collection skills to become a responsible steward of the environment. And best of all, its easy for everyone to take part!

 

  • Journey North

    • http://www.learner.org/jnorth/

    • Join in a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. With the latest news on migratory species, maps, amazing videos of wild animals, and ways for you to contribute to our scientific understanding of migration routes, this site is worth checking out. There are even teacher resources, and a free citizen science app you can download on your phone!

 

  • Tree of Life

    • http://tolweb.org/tree/phylogeny.html

    • A collaborative effort of biologists around the world, this site provides amazingly detailed information about the diversity of organisms on Earth, both living and extinct, their evolutionary history and characteristics.

 

  • Species At Risk Public Registry

    • http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca/default_e.cfm

    • The Government of Canada’s official site for news, information, and documents related to species at risk in Canada. This web site has been designed to help you better understand Canada's approach to protecting and recovering species at risk, learn about species at risk and what's being done to help them, and get involved in decision making and recovery activities.

 

  • Worldometers

    • http://www.worldometers.info/

    • Check out real-time world statistics on everything from the global population, to the number of emails sent today, to the days left to the end of oil. These thought-provoking numbers may help you see our world in a new light, and understand it a little better. And be sure to click on the info buttons to see where the numbers come from. You can also try updating your computer clock for statistics in the future.

 

  • Ecological Footprint

    • http://www.myfootprint.org/en/

    • Ecological footprints measure humanity’s demands on nature. Do you know what your ecological footprint is? Take this online quiz to find out, then compare your results to other peoples from around the world, and learn how you can reduce your footprint.

 

  • Science of Gardening

    • http://www.exploratorium.edu/gardening/feed/index.html

    • Get the dirt on dirt, and everything else in a garden. Venture into the wickedly wonderful world of carnivorous plants, peek into the secret lives of flowers, and learn the lore and legend behind your favourite garden veggies. Packed with interactives, videos, and articles, this site from the Exploratorium is blooming with gardening science to digest.

 

  • Skulls – California Academy of Sciences

    • http://www.calacademy.org/exhibits/skulls/index.html

    • The skull of an animal can tell a scientist a great story about its evolution, structure, function, and lifestyle. At this website you can check out rotating 3D skull graphics, fascinating skull facts, and skull-inspired artwork. Come in, explore, and get inside our heads.

 

  • Microbial Life Educational Resources

    • http://serc.carleton.edu/microbelife/index.html

    • Single-celled microbial life is found almost everywhere – in your digestive tract, in the air, in the soil and in water. But the coolest (or should I say hottest) places they are found seem completely inhospitable to life, such as hydrothermal vents, or boiling hotsprings at the bases of volcanoes. The inhabitants of such extreme environments are called the extremophiles. Discover the ecology, diversity, and evolution of these amazing micro-organisms. Teacher resources are available too!

 

  • Extremophiles in Kamchatka

    • http://www.exploratorium.edu/kamchatka/index.html

    • Journey to Eastern Siberia with a team of biologists, and see how researchers work in dangerous hotspring environments, meet the organisms that live in such extreme places, and find out how these micro-organisms are linked to a Martian meteorite debate. This site from the Exploratorium has great videos, slide shows and even instructions for making your own colourful bacterial garden at home.

 

 

  • Diana Northup works with SLIME (Subsurface Life in Mineral Environments), a group of cave scientists studying microbes that thrive in environments that would terminate humans in seconds flat. She searches for bacteria that gobble up hydrogen sulfide gas and other noxious chemicals like we do bread and water. These bizarre creatures may hold clues not only to the earliest life on Earth but to the possibility of life in outer space. Read about Diana’s job as a microbiologist, and why she thinks life on the edge is where it’s at.

 

 

  • Cooperating Orcas

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3xmqbNsRSk

    • For an amazing demonstration of power of cooperation, check out this video which shows a pod of Orcas working together to hunt a seal on an ice flow. Can you think of other examples where animals cooperate to accomplish things that they couldn’t do alone?