Home : BirdCast i-Tree | Climate Change Resource Center Overview & Applicability i-Tree is a suite of several different applications that focus on the benefits of urban trees, however this page will focus on tools that specifically address the carbon and greenhouse gas emissions benefits of urban trees, including i-Tree Eco, i-Tree Streets, i-Tree Vue, i-Tree Canopy and i-Tree Design. In general, each of these applications requires the user to define a study area, whether it be a residential home with a single tree or a larger area, such as a neighborhood, city or county, with a large population of trees. It then uses field inventory or sampling data (Eco, Streets, Design) and/or land cover data (Vue, Canopy) to calculate tree and forest structure and the benefits those trees provide. When an i-Tree project is completed, reports are provided to inform users how neighborhood trees contribute to carbon sequestration, building energy savings (through shading and/or blocking wind), air quality improvements, and storm water interception. History
Bird Investigations Large Pelagics Research Center - Improves Management of Large Pelagic Marine Species Get involved! Help the Large Pelagics Research Center improve scientific understanding of large pelagic species by supporting and participating in co-operative research projects. The LPRC initiated its Tag A Tiny program in 2006 to study the annual migration paths and habitat use of juvenile Atlantic bluefin tuna. Through this co-operative tagging program, which uses tags from The Billfish Foundation (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) recreational anglers and charter captains catch, measure and release juvenile bluefin with conventional “spaghetti”-ID tags. If you are a recreational fisherman, please consider joining our tagging efforts. The distribution of sizes of tagged fish and the number of traditional tags put out by Tag A Tiny participants since 2006. Click on the tags on the map below to see the number of fish tagged in each general area by Tag A Tiny participants. Visit our Facebook Page to see the tags that have been recaptured. Tag A Tiny Conventional Tag Releases by Area 3. 1/2. 3. 1. 2/3.
Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships Two Quick, Easy Ways to Collect Insects for Diversity Studies Andrew Jennings Product Manager, Ecology, Earth Science, and AP® Life Sciences March 2016 Field collecting can be a great way to get your students outside and exploring the world around them. Technique: The pitfall trap The pitfall trap is great for collecting insects that walk along the ground. Materials (per group of 2 to 3 students) 2 Plastic Cups (per trap) 1 Funnel (per trap) Fruit Juice, 2 to 4 oz (per trap; grape, apple, or orange work best) 2 Hand Lenses Shovel or Spade 1 Small Bottle of Dish Soap 3 Cheesecloth Squares, 4 x 4” (per trap) Field Guide Large Container (to mix fruit juice and dish soap) Procedure In the large container, mix the fruit juice with just enough dish soap to form bubbles in the mixture. Technique: The aspirator Some invertebrates spend their lives living within the bark of trees or hidden in the crevices of buildings. Cut the plastic tubing into 2 pieces. Figure 4. After field collection Additional resources
Falcon Cam Peregrine falcons were placed on the federal endangered species list in 1970. The Midwest Peregrine Falcon Restoration Project was initiated in an effort to restore the peregrine to the Midwest. Although peregrine falcons did not historically nest in the Buckeye State, Ohio became a partner in the project when a pair nested on the Commodore Perry Motor Inn in downtown Toledo in 1988. Ohio’s hacking program continued from 1989 to 1993 with a total release of 46 peregrine falcons in the cities of Akron, Cincinnati and Columbus. Since the first nest in 1988, other nests have since been initiated in the cities of Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lima, Toledo and Youngstown. Thanks to scientfic management practices, peregrine falcons were removed from the federal endangered species list in 1999 and were downlisted to threatened on the Ohio endangered species list in 2008. How many and what kinds of leg bands do peregrines get and what do the codes mean? Probably not.
Evolution MegaLab Did you know that thanks to a common little snail you can find in your garden, in the park or under a hedge, you can see evolution in your own back yard? OK, so evolution is a very slow process. Life on Earth started about three-and-a-half billion years ago! Banded snails It may look like banded snails are dressed-to-kill, but really they are dressed not to be killed. Help us find out Have shell colours and bands changed where there are fewer thrushes? Shell colour also affects how sensitive a snail is to temperature. Have shell colours changed with our warming climate? Learn more! Find out more in The science page. Technology Citizenscience.gov | Helping Federal Agencies Accelerate Innovation Through Public Participation
Attracting Wildlife Feeding Wildlife Wildlife feeding can be expensive. Compare prices at your local nursery, feed mill, and specialty store. Seed is often cheaper if you purchase it in larger quantities. Store seed in weatherproof, covered containers to reduce problems from mice and insects. Feeding Menu Click on the plus (+) sign to expand each category. Winter Feeding Sunflower Seeds: There is no such thing as a simple sunflower seed: you'll have to make a choice between black oil, striped, hulled seeds, and chips. Summer Feeding Add the following offerings to your bird seed during the summer to attract new species that prefer these foods. Note: Insect infestations in bird seed can be a nuisance during the warmer months. Sugar Water: Hummingbirds are the best known of the sugar water consumers. Habitat Habitat is the total environment in which living things exist -- the home, the natural abode. You can plant your yard to be suitable wildlife habitat. Many native Ohio shrubs are useful for attracting birds.
Bat Detective The sonograms on the site are from thousands of hours of ultrasonic recordings made on bat surveys by volunteers all over the world. Many of the surveys were made through the Indicator Bats Program (iBats) which monitors bat populations globally by listening to the sounds bats use to navigate and find food. iBats is a partnership project between national conservation groups in many different countries and the Zoological Society of London and The Bat Conservation Trust, and is funded by The Darwin Initiative and The Leverhulme Trust. The recordings on Bat Detective were mostly made by iBats volunteers using special ultrasonic detectors. These detectors listen to sounds for 340ms snapshots at a time and then slows down the sound by ten times and plays back the sound through the detector. Many people want to get involved in detecting bats in their local area.
Instructional Shifts W&W Stewardship Science | Harvard Forest Why Stewardship Science? There are remarkably few rigorous, long-term evaluations of how forestry and conservation management practices affect forests in the eastern United States. What is Stewardship Science? Stewardship Science is just one part of the Wildlands and Woodlands forest conservation vision for New England. With the Stewardship Science initiative, we have created a simple, easy-to-use protocol for landowners, students, and other groups to establish permanent, paired research plots in conserved woodlands and wildlands. promote certain characteristics (e.g. specific species, assemblages, or structure, etc.)enhance ecosystem services (e.g. carbon sequestration, water production, etc.)yield desired products (e.g. biomass, quality timber, etc.) The project not only provides valuable ecological and silvicultural insights, but is also an exciting outreach tool for engaging students and the public in the importance and enjoyment of ecological research. Interested? Ongoing Work