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Botany Every Day. Macaulay sound library now online. Ruth Baker The world's largest natural sound library, which is now online, includes sounds from 9,000 species, including the great-horned owl. After 12 years of work, Cornell's Macaulay Library archive, the largest collection of wildlife sounds in the world, is now digitized and fully available online. "In terms of speed and the breadth of material now accessible to anyone in the world, this is really revolutionary," said audio curator Greg Budney. All archived analog recordings in the collection, going back to 1929, have and can be heard for free online. "This is one of the greatest research and conservation resources at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology," said Budney. "Our audio collection is the largest and the oldest in the world," explained Macaulay Library Director Mike Webster. The recordings are used by researchers studying many questions, as well as by birders trying to fine-tune their sound identity skills.

Mike Anderson The library of natural sounds includes, for example: ML: Macaulay Library. David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities | Eden Channel. <JUNIOR MASTER GARDENER GAME. The JMG program engages children in novel, “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that promote a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, and cultivate the mind. JMG encourages youths to be of service to others through learning and leadership development projects and rewards them with certification.

For more information on youth gardening programs and activities, see the Just for Kids site at Texas A&M University. This is a game based on the curriculum of the JMG program, designed for grades 3-5. To play, just click on any of the pictures on the game board and you're off on a gardening adventure.

You can play the game as an individual or in teams. The JMG Game questions/answers discuss concepts related to Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) learning objectives which can be seen by clicking on the link. © Copyright 2005, Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Sneed Nature | Texas birding artwork by Gerald Sneed. Texas Forest A&M Service - Trees of Texas. The Online Zoo. Identify that Plant | Confidently master the skill of correct plant identification.

Texbirds Reference Page. 1. What is Texbirds? Texbirds is an email discussion list (listserve) for Texas birders and those interested in Texas birds and their ecology. Subscribers to TEXBIRDS are able to: share information about bird sightings in Texas review the most recent bird sighting reports and rare bird alerts from across the state learn (and ask) about places to look for birds in Texas discuss and debate the occurrence, distribution, identification, and ecology of Texas birds TEXBIRDS encourages the open discussion of Texas birds and birding. In general, we ask that participants limit their messages to matters related to birds and birding within our state, although information about bird-related issues in other states that may interest Texas birders and has a Texas tie-in are welcomed.

The list is automated, and individuals sign themselves up and manage how they receive the posts. This very active list now has around 1,200 subscribers and is one of the largest birding listserves in the world. 2. 3. 4. News and Features — eBird. Sam Murray, June eBirder of the Month Please join us in congratulating Sam Murray of Augusta, GA, winner of the June 2017 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. Our June winner was drawn from eBirders who submitted 15 or more eligible checklists containing at least one breeding code in June. Sam’s name was drawn randomly from the 1,769 eligible eBirders who achieved the June challenge threshold. Sam will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars for his eBirding efforts. Read more to see Sam’s full story. eBird Illustrated Checklists are here!

You can now view a digital bird guide for any hotspot or region in the world: an Illustrated Checklist. eBird Server Maintenance on July 20 – website unavailable 03:30-08:00ET All of eBird will be unavailable on July 20 between 03:30-08:00ET (08:30-13:00GMT), due to regularly scheduled server and database maintenance. Edward W. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology invites applications for our Edward W. Female Bird Song Project. Bird Families of the World, 12th ed. Central Texas Birding. The Birders of Lake Creek Trail. Today is my 42nd birthday and it's a contemplative one.

Since late 2006 when I started avidly birding this neighborhood and the area that would become Lake Creek Trail, I've learned a heck of a lot about birds and birding. I've experienced countless treasured moments of wildlife observation and discovery, and I've been so happy to be able to share some of these moments via photography, this blog, and my monthly bird walks. For the past couple years my neighborhood birding and blogging have decreased, but the amount of birding being done on Lake Creek Trail by others has greatly increased.

This is immensely satisfying. Lake Creek Trail has become a birding hotspot in the Austin area. On any given day, here are some of the people you might encounter on the trail with binoculars around their necks. Stephen McDonald and Bill Dodd were early participants in my monthly bird walk. Long-time residents Sue and Steve Whitmer have been birding this neighborhood far longer than I have. Kids Sleep Better with Outdoor Time. "Green Time for Sleep Time" parent guide provides useful tips for using Mother Nature to enhance children's sleep 09-07-2011 // Mary Burnette Parents are hearing a lot these days about the hazards of today’s “indoor childhood,"with kids spending countless hours on electronic media. But one consequence may be going undetected. National Wildlife Federation’s new report and parent guide "Green Time for Sleep Time" highlights the connection between the time kids spend playing outdoors and sleep deprivation.

According to the National Wildlife Federation guide, young children and teens are losing anywhere from 10-14 hours of sleep a week. Sleep deprivation can: stunt physical growth impede performance at school lead to anxiety or depression, and contribute to future health problems like obesity. Making matters worse, children are generally bad judges of the amount of sleep they really need. Parent guide author, Kevin Coyle, discusses what happens when kids miss out on much-needed sleep: Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA) Flow Learning™ - Sharing Nature Worldwide. Created by Joseph Cornell, educator and author of the Sharing Nature® series of books, Flow Learning™ has been praised by educators and facilitators worldwide for its ease of use, effectiveness, and power to uplift and inspire.

Flow Learning™ gives teachers and youth leaders a simple, structured way to guide students into their own, direct experiences of nature. Through playful games that awaken the students’ curiosity and enthusiasm, learning becomes fun, immediate, and dynamic, instead of static and secondhand. The students emerge with a living, fresh understanding and reverence for the natural world. Flow Learning is based on universal principles of how people learn. It provides a simple, natural framework that sequence nature activities for maximum effect. The four stages of Flow Learning are: 1. A Flow Learning session begins with lively, playful activities that awaken the students’ energy and enthusiasm. —Carol Malnor, Educator and Curriculum Developer. OPAL | Explore your local environment. Nature Activities - Sharing Nature Worldwide. "These activities are among the most effective I have ever used as a way of stimulating awareness and sensitivity to our natural surroundings.

" -L.E, Teacher, Fairfield, CA Activities for Families & Youth Groups (3.21mb pdf) The nature activities are classified by their Flow Learning stage: To get a quick overview, each activity has a quick-reference chart with the following information: Flow Learning Stage The concepts, attitudes and qualities it teaches When and where to play Number of players needed Best age range Special materials needed, if any “The games and activities are delightful to read, clearly explained, fun to do, and adaptable to the urban or suburban environment” -Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.