Quaardvark: Home Welcome to Quaardvark Welcome to Quaardvark, a tool for creating complex queries that allow you to dig through the underlying database of the Animal Diversity Web to discover ecological and evolutionary patterns in the natural world. Quick Overview Query and Report takes you to the query tool, where you can search Animal Diversity Web data and create spreadsheet-like reports. You will need to be registered to download data or save work.For an explanation (including short screencasts) of how to set up queries and reports, see "Using Quaardvark".Here is the PDF version of a poster we recently shared at an NSF Primary Investigators meeting: PI Meeting Poster Educators and Researchers
The world's biomes Online exhibits The world's biomes Biomes are defined as "the world's major communities, classified according to the predominant vegetation and characterized by adaptations of organisms to that particular environment" (Campbell 1996). Permaculture Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered on simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. The term permaculture (as a systematic method) was first coined by David Holmgren, then a graduate student, and his professor, Bill Mollison, in 1978. The word permaculture originally referred to "permanent agriculture", but was expanded to stand also for "permanent culture", as it was understood that social aspects were integral to a truly sustainable system as inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka’s natural farming philosophy. It has many branches that include but are not limited to ecological design, ecological engineering, environmental design, construction and integrated water resources management that develops sustainable architecture, regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.
KDE Santa Barbara Welcome to the Kids Do Ecology Biomes Pages! Aquatic Biomes | Terrestrial Biomes | GAMES! What are biomes? Biomes are regions of the world with similar climate (weather, temperature) animals and plants. The Human Footprint : Feature Articles These organisms share a common threat: human impact, usually in the form of habitat destruction, eradication efforts, overharvesting, and the introduction of invasive species. Though conservationists have long been concerned about the impact of human activity, a lack of quantifiable data has historically hampered efforts to achieve conservation goals. “I’m convinced that we’re in a weird paradox,” said Marc Levy, co-project scientist at the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) at Columbia University. “The international community has finally started taking sustainable development seriously, but now ecosystem preservation is fading into the background. While we’ve had clear, quantitative targets set for poverty reduction, literacy, and health care, biodiversity benchmarks have been very vague.”
The Role of the Endangered Species Act and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Recovery of the Peregrine Falcon The federal role in protecting endangered species began as far back as the beginning of the twentieth century. In response to the alarming decline of the passenger pigeon and other game birds, Congress passed the first federal wildlife law, the Lacey Act of 1900. The Lacey Act authorized federal enforcement of state wildlife laws. Section 1 gave the Secretary of Agriculture authority to adopt all measures necessary for the "preservation, distribution, introduction, and restoration of game birds and other wild birds." Congress took two more steps toward protecting endangered species when it passed the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, to protect birds migrating between Canada and the United States and the Migratory Bird Conservation Act of 1929, to provide funding to acquire migratory bird habitat. Slowly but steadily, awareness of the plight of species facing extinction began to build in the United States.
Blue Planet Biomes - World Biomes What is a Biome? A biome is a large geographical area of distinctive plant and animal groups, which are adapted to that particular environment. The climate and geography of a region determines what type of biome can exist in that region. Major biomes include deserts, forests, grasslands, tundra, and several types of aquatic environments. biotic and abiotic As of July 1, 2013 ThinkQuest has been discontinued. We would like to thank everyone for being a part of the ThinkQuest global community: Students - For your limitless creativity and innovation, which inspires us all. What Is Habitat? - Habitat Types Both the physical environment and the living community of plants, animals and other organisms determine an ecosystem. Each ecosystem has a characteristic physical environment, including its climate and altitude, which produces a dominant type of vegetation. To learn more about several North American ecosystems, click on a type of ecosystem from the list below: Forests Forests are fascinating ecosystems. How can you recognize a forest?
Food & climate Climate change is one of the biggest threats to ending global hunger. We’re hungry for a fair climate and so are millions of people around the world. Extreme weather = extreme hunger Weather patterns are getting more extreme and unreliable, and it’s playing havoc with food production. Wildfinder Database Detailed Description of the WildFinder Database Introduction to the ecoregion mapThe WildFinder database contains presence/absence data for the world's terrestrial amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, by terrestrial ecoregion. Ecoregions are defined as "relatively large units of land that contain a distinct assemblage of natural communities and species, with boundaries that approximate the original extent of the natural communities prior to major land use change" (Olson et al. 2001). The 825 terrestrial ecoregions are nested within fourteen biomes with similar major vegetation features (e.g., tropical moist forests, temperate grasslands) and within eight biogeographic realms with similar geography, fauna, and flora (e.g., Neotropical, Nearctic). A full GIS coverage and data set for these ecoregions can be downloaded at:
Teach21 Project Based Learning 21C.O.5-8.1.LS1 - Student, when presented with a problem, identifies the information needed, uses text, people, online databases and search engines to filter relevant information efficiently, analyzes information for biases, synthesizes information gathered and creates an effective and efficient response to the problem. 21C.O.5-8.1.LS3 - Student presents thoughts, ideas, and conceptual understanding efficiently, accurately and in a compelling manner and enhances the oral or written presentation through the use of technology. 21C.O.5-8.1.TT4 - Student uses audio, video, pictures, clip art, moviemaker programs, webpage design software, electronic documents, and other files to create and publish electronic products to communicate with various audiences inside and outside the classroom. 21C.O.5-8.1.TT5 - Student uses advanced features and utilities of word processing software (e.g., bullets, numbering, tables, find and replace, thesaurus, help menus and toolbars).
Ecosystems We're All in This Together Everything in the natural world is connected. An ecosystem is a community of living and non-living things that work together. Ecosystems have no particular size. Biomes of the World What's a Biome? Here we see two different biomes—deserts on the left and grasslands on the right. But both are land environments. Images by Bob Protus and Bkell.