Great Depression: Dust Bowl Migration
includes photos, a teachers guide, and other resources for learning about the largest migration in American history. This migration occurred in the 1930s when poor soil conservation practices and extreme weather in the Great Plains exacerbated the existing misery of the Great Depression.
Idaho Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy
The purpose of this web page is to make the Idaho Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS) available to all interested parties. The site provides links to multiple pdfs containing information about Idaho wildlife and conservational strategies.
Environmental Impacts and Benefits of Using Geothermal Energy
This website by the US Department of Energy describes how the production of geothermal energy can meet clean air, water quality and conservation standards, as well as minimize land use, environmental impacts and solid waste production. There is also a table of environmental regulations governing geothermal energy development.
Episode 19 – Be My Guest: Wild Thing Where you find the wild things is right here at Melbourne Museum! There is a new exhibition called Wild: amazing animals in a changing world. There are over 700 specimens on display and it’s a wonderful zoo of animals playing 'freeze'. The extinct Tasmanian Tiger specimen is on display but what you become sadly aware of is so many endangered creatures may join him. The exhibition also celebrates amazingly effective conservation efforts and climate change awareness. Let’s act so mu
Where you find the wild things is right here at Melbourne Museum! There is a new exhibition called Wild: amazing animals in a changing world. There are over 700 specimens on display and it’s a wonderful zoo of animals playing 'freeze'. The extinct Tasmanian Tiger specimen is on display but what you become sadly aware of is so many endangered creatures may join him. The exhibition also celebrates amazingly effective conservation efforts and climate change awareness. Let’s act so mu
Atmospheric Vertical Structure and the First Law of Thermodynamics
This sequential set of in-class and homework problems concerns applications of the First Law of Thermodynamics. In the homework, students are first asked to compute and plot potential temperatures of specified adiabats. In a second assignment, the potential temperature from an observed sounding is computed and plotted to develop a framework for understanding the stratification of the atmosphere. These activities are intended to help students discover the importance and utility of conservation pr
Finding Common Ground
Finding common ground helps students make informed decisions to conserve temperate forests in the United States and central China, habitat of the endangered giant panda. Through classroom activities, on-line simulations, and field investigations students learn about the important role temperate forests play in local and global ecosystems. Action steps culminate in a Class Conservation Action Plan. In the course of this curriculum students locate the biome in which they live, explore a local habi
Balls in a Box Model
The Balls in a Box model shows a system of particles is very sensitive to its initial conditions. In general, an isolated system of many particles that is prepared in a nonrandom configuration will change in time so as to approach its most random configuration where it is in equilibrium. What happens if we choose the initial conditions in a very special way? The default initial condition corresponds to eight stationary particles perfectly aligned on the x-axis. Two particles approach from the l
Waste Not, Want Not - Preparing Public Information Campaigns in Support of Water Conservation
In this lesson, students share opinions about the causes and effects of droughts. They then investigate and prepare public information campaigns supporting water conservation in their community.
Surf Your Watershed
This service allows users to locate, use, and share environmental information about watersheds where they live. Individual watersheds can be searched by map, place name, or Zip code. "Adopt your watershed" encourages individuals to become involved in stewardship and conservation of watersheds where they live. An environmental website database contains hundreds of URLs and can be searched by state, full text, information type, or keyword.
NOAA: National Marine Sanctuaries
This webpage features information on the marine life and habitats of the marine sanctuaries in the United States. Photographs, videos, and information on conservation efforts, protection, management and heritage of the sanctuaries are included. Users can click on the marine conservation sanctuary of their choice to take a virtual journey. This webpage is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Essential Science for Teachers: Life Science: Session 8. Material Cycles in Ecosystems
Studying an ecosystem involves looking at interactions between living things as well as the nonliving environment that surrounds them. Life depends upon the nonliving world for habitat, as well as energy and materials. In this session, material cycles will be explored as critical processes that sustain life in an ecosystem.,This segment consists of a teacher interview reflecting on what she and her students learned from their experiments with bread mold and worm tanks. The first fourteen minutes
Essential Science for Teachers: Physical Science
In-depth interviews with children that uncover their ideas about the topic at hand.,In this segment the interviewer uses a model to represent what is happening when substances dissolve in water, as well as a representation of two different solutions. The interviewer then asks for a prediction of what would happen when two clear solutions are mixed together. The interviewer uses the model to help the student build an understanding of what happened to form the precipitate. The student also changed
Essential Science for Teachers: Physical Science Session 3. Physical Changes and Conservation of Mat
What happens when sugar is dissolved in a glass of water or when a pot of water on the stove boils away? Do things ever really "disappear"? In everyday life, observations that things "disappear" or "appear" seem to contradict one of the fundamental laws of nature: matter can be neither created nor destroyed. In this session, participants learn how the principles of the particle model are consistent with conservation of matter.,In this segment the interviewer asks the student to draw and explain
Science in Focus: Energy: Workshop 6. Energy and Systems
Physicists use the concept of a system to trace and quantify the flow of energy. In this session, take a close look at a number of energy systems and see how this concept is closely linked to the Law of Conservation of Energy.,This segment explores the question "What is a system?" by visiting classrooms as well as interviewing students and scientists.
Teaching Direct Marketing and Small Farm Viability: Resources for Instructors
For farmers, growing crops is just one step in running a successful farm—making the farm or market garden economically viable requires another suite of skills, including finding land, planning what crops to grow, marketing the crops, and managing income and expenses. This resource builds on our experience educating hundreds of apprentice growers in organic production, farm and business planning, direct marketing at a roadside farm stand, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) management thr
The Future of Nuclear Energy
Nuclear energy will emerge either as a solution to the twin crises of global warming and a secure energy supply, or global catastrophe. Within this panel at least, there doesn’t seem to be a comfortable middle ground.
MIT’s Andrew Kadak, one of the two speakers arguing the necessity of nuclear energy, advance
R661 : Development of good practice guidelines for woodland management for bats
This 90 page report, originally produced in 2005 by English Nature, is here made available as a PDF file by Natural England. It forms the basis of a good practice guide for woodland management for bats, published by the Bat Conservation Trust, Forestry Commission, English Nature and the Countryside Council for Wales. Based in Germany, the researchers aim to give an overview of the current state of knowledge about the biology and ecology of Central European bat species in woodland.
SIN002 : Feral wild boar
This seven page leaflet, SIN002 - Feral wild boar, is made available as a PDF file by Natural England. The leaflet briefly describes the history of the re-establishment of populations of wild boar in England, and the biology, behaviour, distribution and habits of the animals. It goes on to assess the possible pros and cons for nature conservation, as well as potential conflicts with human beings, and to discuss possible control methods and the necessary licensing to ensure that legislation pro
On the Trail of African Elephants
Elephants are among the most visible of endangered species, and are one of the key ‘flagship’ species for conservation. The African elephant has attracted renewed interest recently because of the suggestion that there are actually two distinct species: the better-known savannah elephant of East and Southern Africa, and the less-studied, smaller, forest elephant of the Central and West African rainforests. This lecture will describe an expedition I led to Ghana, an area where the two forms m
1.020 Ecology II: Engineering for Sustainability (MIT)
This course covers the use of ecological and thermodynamic principles to examine interactions between humans and the natural environment.. Topics include conservation and constitutive laws, box models, feedback, thermodynamic concepts, energy in natural and engineered systems, basic transport concepts, life cycle analysis and related economic methods. Topics such as renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, green buildings, and mitigation of climate change are illustrated with quantitative case