Populations, resources, and environments

The Earth Shows Us the Way

A Curriculum for the Modern World

Twine from the bark of the basswood. A delicious snack from the stalk of a cattail. Red dye from the bloodroot. Lessons like these and others based on Ojibwe traditional ecological knowledge are found in Kinomaage (The Earth Shows Us the Way), a two-week intensive summer course offered by the Northern Michigan University Center for Native American Studies.

A "Life-Changing" Hummingbird Observation

Every spring, approximately 600 children visit the bird-banding site at Fort Morgan, Alabama, a peninsula between Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, to learn how specially trained and permitted volunteers capture hummingbirds and apply teensy aluminum bands to their legs to gather data that can help researchers understand their life cycle. Some of the children even get to hold a hummer in their hands before it flies away.

Migration Mishaps

Overview: Migration Mishaps is a game that helps to demonstrate why animals that migrate, such as hummingbirds, are threatened by habitat destruction.

Subject areas: science, physical education, math, geography

Key concepts: habitat, migration, survival, competition, limiting factors, population dynamics

Skills: graphing and map skills (extension activity)

Location: outdoors

Estimated time: 20 minutes

Mountains as Biodiversity Hotpsots - Himalayan Expedition Part 1

The Expedition Begins

Mount Makalu in the background. Banana tree in the foreground. Photo: TMIAfter weeks of planning and preparation, your expedition is finally going to begin. First you land in Kathmandu, Nepal. You've planned to spend two days here, gathering together the rest of your gear and paying for a climbing permit. It's a bit disappointing that you are unable to see the mountains from the city. On some days, people can. On other days, like today, they are hidden behind air pollution.

Weed Busters: Students Tackle the Purple Menace

Studying Purple Loosestrife Helps Students Identify Non-Native Species

"When my third graders asked a local naturalist to help them identify wild plants growing on our school grounds, we never imagined their query would lead to a long-term environmental action project," reports Minneapolis, MN, teacher Sherri Rogers.

Kitchen Gardens

Cultivating Good Health and Food Security

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it's the perfect time to examine the relationship of the traditional harvest to wellbeing, and how kitchen gardens can be a catalyst for reversing the health crisis facing youth in our society.

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