Biodiversity

Virtual Field Trip Video: Coastal Peru | Nature Works Everywhere

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Join fisheries scientist Matias Caillaux from The Nature Conservancy to explore the Humboldt Current Ecosystem off the coast of Peru while learning about the area’s amazing diversity and productivity. While Peru is most frequently recognized for its rainforests, mountains, and ancient Inca civilizations, it is also home to one of the most productive ocean ecosystems. 

Find a teacher's guide here to accompany this field trip.

White Island | Big Pacific: Violent

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White Island sits 30 miles off the coast of New Zealand. This is an active volcano, 150,000 years old and still steaming. Cracks in the volcano called fumaroles allow sulphurous gases to escape and crystalize. The volcano’s crater lake reaches 122 degrees Fahrenheit and has a pH of 1, signifying its extreme acidity and inability to sustain human, plant, or animal life. But White Island is not entirely uninhabitable: primitive microbes known as extremophiles live in the crater lake, giving it a distinctive bright green color.

Eight Incredible Deep Sea Oddities | It's Okay to Be Smart

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We know more about some other planets than we do about the deepest corners of Earth's oceans, and the species we've found there are almost alien. Here's some of the most unbelievable oddities ever observed! Special thanks to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) for help with this video!

Time-Lapse: Beaver Lodge at the Crane Trust

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Beavers are the engineers of the wetland ecosystem.  They build dams to slow the flow of water in streams and rivers so that they can build lodges for shelter. For more than 20-million years beavers gnawed trees and built dams in the Platte River prairie region. Beavers were historically important to the North American fur trade, and as a result, they were hunted to near extinction by 1900.

Educator Support Video: Habitat Survey | Nature Works Everywhere

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This short video for educators supports the Garden Lesson Plan for Habitat and Pollinators. The video walks educators step-by-step through the use of a school garden or other space for conducting a habitat survey in order to examine the biodiversity and health of a garden ecosystem. Use this video in preparation for teaching the lesson.

Virtual Field Trip Video: Borneo | Nature Works Everywhere

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What does sound tell us about the world’s wildest places? To find out, join science writer Justine Hausheer on a Virtual Field Trip to Borneo, the third largest island in the world. We’ll explore a compelling question: How can we use science and acoustic technology to care for the land and protect the plants and animals in one of the world’s most biodiverse regions? 

Find a teacher's guide here to accompany the virtual field trip.

The Living Soil Beneath Our Feet | Habitat Earth

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Travel underground for an up-close look at the ants, amoebas, and bacteria that maintain healthy soil. Glimpse this microscopic world and learn about the symbiotic relationship between fungi and tree roots.

Sustainable Seafood | Healthy Oceans

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Did you know that the decisions we make when ordering seafood can impact the health of the ocean? Asking the right questions can help us make more sustainable choices.

This video is part of a larger unit within the California Academy of Sciences' Flipside Science series: Healthy Oceans

Biological Diversity on the Prairie

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The Platte Basin reveals a secret, hidden life of the diverse animals and plants that inhabit the wetlands, grasslands, and woodlands of the secluded Platte River Prairies in central Nebraska. Watch the video and be inspired.

Virtual Field Trip Video: Powering the Planet | Nature Works Everywhere

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We use energy to power our lives every day—to boot up our computers, fuel our cars, charge our cell phones, flick on a light switch, and in a myriad of other ways. Join scientist Alex Wegmann as we embark on a Virtual Field Trip to explore a compelling question: How can we get the energy we need without harming nature? By harnessing renewable sources of energy, such as sunlight and wind, scientists are finding ways to do just that. 

Find a teacher's guide here to accompany this field trip.

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