Learn about Nature Online
Use this page to learn about and to access interesting, informative nature-related websites. Please click on the logos to access the link. You are invited to share feedback about these sites. Feel welcome to make suggestions for other sites that you feel are valuable from a Natural History-related perspective. Please use the comment section below.
What is Bumble Bee Watch?
Bumble Bee Watch is a collaborative effort to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees. This citizen science project allows for individuals to:
Upload photos of bumble bees to start a virtual bumble bee collection;
Identify the bumble bees in your photos and have your identifications verified by experts;
Help researchers determine the status and conservation needs of bumble bees;
Help locate rare or endangered populations of bumble bees;
Learn about bumble bees, their ecology, and ongoing conservation efforts; and
Connect with other citizen scientists. (cut from site )
Children & Nature
A world in which all children play, learn and grow with nature in their everyday lives.
The Children & Nature Network is leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership.
The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working nationally and internationally to reconnect children with nature. (Cut from site)
Clean Water Services
The Watershed Management Department (WMD) at Clean Water Services plans, manages and provides leadership in Water Resources Infrastructure, Strategic Watershed Assessment and Planning, Stream System Stewardship and Community Watershed Action. The WMD supports and implements programs identified in the integrated watershed based permit. Department staff partner with local governments, natural resource agencies, businesses, nonprofits, local watershed groups and citizens to address the regulatory and ecological needs of the Tualatin River Basin.
Cornell Lab- All About Birds
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. Our hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet. (cut from source: Cornell Lab; 05-13-15)
EarthFix is a public media project of Oregon Public Broadcasting and Idaho Public Television, KCTS 9 Seattle, KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio, Northwest Public Radio and Television, Southern Oregon Public Television and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.(cut from site)
This is an informative “go-to” website to get reports that focus on environmental and ecological current events.
Encyclopedia of Earth
The Encyclopedia of Earth (EoE) is an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The EoE is a free, expert-reviewed collection of content contributed by scholars, professionals, educators, practitioners and other experts who collaborate and review each other’s work. The content is presented in a style intended to be useful to students, educators, scholars, professionals, as well as to the general public.(cut for source: 05-01-15)
Encyclopedia of Life
Our Vision: Global access to knowledge about life on Earth.
Our Mission: To increase awareness and understanding of living nature through an Encyclopedia of Life that gathers, generates, and shares knowledge in an open, freely accessible and trusted digital resource. (cut from site)
EPA Ecoregions Maps
Map of Life
Geographic information about biodiversity is vital for understanding the many services nature provides and their potential changes, yet remains unreliable and often insufficient. Built on a scalable web platform geared for large biodiversity and environmental data, Map of Life endeavors to provide ‘best-possible’ species range information and species lists for any geographic area. Map of Life aims to support effective and global biodiversity education, monitoring, research and decision-making by assembling and integrating a wide range of knowledge about species distributions and their dynamics over time.
The Map of Life assembles and integrates different sources of data describing species distributions worldwide. These data include expert species range maps, species occurrence points, ecoregions, and protected areas from providers like IUCN, WWF, GBIF, and more. All data assets are stored, managed, backed up, and accessed using a hosted cloud instance. (Cut from source, MOL.org, 05-13-15)
Natural Resource Conservation Service
NRCS helps America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners conserve the nation’s soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment. USDA (Cut from source: 04-30-15)
Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP)
Students become environmentally literate citizens equipped to make informed decisions, exhibit responsible behavior, and take constructive action to ensure a sustainable future for Oregon’s natural resources.
Prepare educators to engage students in relevant, meaningful, and inspiring classroom and outdoor learning experiences that contribute to student academic achievement
(Cut from source: http://onrep.forestry.oregonstate.edu/mission)
Oregon Department of Education
Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan links
Oregon Forests Resources Institute
Oregonʼs forests are vast — and so too are the issues and challenges that impact their continued health and productivity. In 1991, the Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) to enhance collaboration among forest scientists, public agencies, community organizations, conservation groups and forest landowners; to provide objective information about responsible forest management; and to encourage environmentally sound forest practices through training and other educational programs.
OFRI is a centralized gateway to shared ideas and collaborative dialogue regarding the delicate balance between the environmental, social and economic values provided by our forests.
The Oregon Forest Resources Institute is dedicated to elevating the publicʼs understanding of how forest stewardship meets social, environmental and economic needs of both present and future generations.(Cut from the site)
Oregon No Child Left Inside
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Oregon Wild works to protect and restore Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife and waters as an enduring legacy for all Oregonians.
Founded in 1974, Oregon Wild (formerly the Oregon Natural Resources Council or ONRC) has been instrumental in securing permanent legislative protection for some of Oregon’s most precious landscapes.( cut from site)
Oregon Wildlife Explorer
Companion to the Oregon Conservation Strategy: The Oregon Wildlife Explorer
Cut from the site: This is an online mapping tool and database that allows you to choose Strategy Species from various taxonomic groups and view details about their status, as well as maps of their predicted and historic habitat distributions. Also, each species is linked to a national database called “NatureServe”, a website that allows you to view even greater detail about the species, including it’s natural history, distribution, conservation status, etc. When you are in the Oregon Wildlife Explorer site and viewing a species profile, you will see an icon with the “NatureServe” logo on it. Clicking on it will take you the additional information. (cut from site )
Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere. “Noah” is an acronym for “networked organisms and habitats.” The website is easily accessed on Apple and Android devises through free apps found either in iTunes or Google Play. Mac and PC laptops will connect to Project Noah at http://www.projectnoah.org. No matter how the connection is made, setting up an account is an undeniably fantastic way to bridge a virtual device with real outside experiences!
There are several ways to participate in Project Noah:
Collections of photographs organized by nature topics
Education activities planned by teacher for student participation in classrooms
No matter which route- participation in Project Noah is a lot of fun. The forum-atmosphere creates an avenue for talking about nature with others. Earning badges for achievements in nature study is motivating, and enjoyable. (cut from source )
Sightline equips the Northwest’s citizens and decision-makers with the policy research and practical tools they need to advance long-term solutions to our region’s most significant challenges. Our work includes in-depth research, commentary, and analysis, delivered online, by email, and in-person to Northwest policy champions. Find out more about our accomplishments, read our latest work, and get our latest research by email and social media.
Sightline Institute’s mission is to make the Northwest a global model of sustainability—strong communities, a green economy, and a healthy environment.
We envision in the Pacific Northwest an economy and way of life that are environmentally sound, economically vibrant, and socially just. We believe that if northwesterners succeed at reconciling themselves with the natural heritage of this place—the greenest part of history’s richest civilization—we can set an example for the world.
(Cut from Source, April 16, 2015:http://www.sightline.org/about/)
The Nature Conservancy
Tualatin River Watershed Council
The Council is not a regulatory or enforcement agency. Instead, it makes recommendations to decision-makers and managers on ways to protect and restore Tualatin River resources. The Council strives to provide a framework for coordination and cooperation and uses consensus as its decision-making process. The 20+stakeholder Council represents key interests and stakeholders in the watershed, ensuring a comprehensive look at watershed issues. Council partners also regularly communicate with other groups and individuals, forming an even broader network of watershed stakeholders. (Cut from site )
Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District
Providing Local Solutions to Local Problems
Your Conservation District is here to help conserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources in the Tualatin River Watershed in many ways. Our goal is a clean and healthy watershed that supports all beneficial uses for people, fish, and wildlife; a vibrant economy; and livable communities. (cut from source: 04-30-15)
World Wildlife Fund- Living Planet Report
Science for All Americans
“Science for All Americans” defines science literacy and lays out some principles for effective learning and teaching. In coherent prose, it articulates and connects fundamental ideas in science without technical vocabulary and dense detail.
What Is Science Literacy?
Project 2061 defines science literacy broadly, emphasizing the connections among ideas in the natural and social sciences, mathematics, and technology. Science for All Americans includes specific recommendations for learning in the following areas:
The Nature of Science includes the scientific world view, scientific methods of inquiry, and the nature of the scientific enterprise.
The Nature of Mathematics describes the creative processes involved in both theoretical and applied mathematics.
The Nature of Technology examines how technology extends our abilities to change the world and the tradeoffs necessarily involved.
The Physical Setting lays out basic ideas about the content and structure of the universe (on astronomical, terrestrial, and sub-microscopic levels) and the physical principles on which it seems to run.
The Living Environment delineates basic facts and ideas about how living things function and how they interact with one another and their environment.
The Human Organism discusses human biology as exemplary of biological systems.
Human Society considers individual and group behavior, social organizations, and the process of social change.
The Designed World reviews principles of how people shape and control the world through some key areas of technology.
The Mathematical World gives basic mathematical ideas, especially those with practical application, that together play a key role in almost all human endeavors.
Historical Perspectives illustrates the science enterprise with ten examples of exceptional significance in the development of science.
Common Themes presents general concepts, such as systems and models, that cut across science, mathematics, and technology.
Habits of Mind sketches the attitudes, skills, and ways of thinking that are essential to science literacy.
Science for All Americans also includes chapters on effective learning and teaching, reforming education, and next steps toward reform. ( cut from site )