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Tags: wildlife wildlife preservation wildlife conservation animal classification animal types list of endangered species endangered animal species

Easter Egg Activities:

(Endangered Animals Easter Eggs and other activities.)

Learn about mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates, plants, ecosystems and habitats, and endangered species at the Arkive, a not-for-profit conservation initiative that is building a multimedia archive of the world’s species.

The site can be explored by topic or grade level (ages 5 - 18), and there are many learning kits and activity packs to download, some with PowerPoint presentations to introduce and explain topics. Some examples: 

Nocturnal AnimalsIncludes a PowerPoint presentation and game for matching animal sounds to correct animal pictures.

Animal ClassificationSeveral different presentations, worksheets and activity packs are available for this topic, including a Guess Zoo guessing game.

Animal Communication: Presentation on how animals communicate, and resources for researching a particular animal and creating a video report on how it communicates.

The site also has a games and puzzles page, and activities page with animal origami and mask crafts. 

More Egg Stuff

Egg Math : And links to free math instructional videos.

Egg Hunt: Webquest for researching egg cookery, egg safety, egg products, and specialty eggs.

Egg Lab: Egg Shell Geodes

Good Egg Project: Learn how eggs get from the farm to the table.

Jesus said, "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die..."

John 11: 25 - 26

Live Animal Web Cams Tags: live animal web cam live animal cameras live animal video live wildlife cameras habitats of animals live zoo camera animals and habitats

A fun activity to add to a nature study or science unit is watching animals in their “natural” habitats -- animals on a farm or zoo, pets at home, wild birds that visit backyard feeders. Another good option, thanks to today’s technology, is viewing live animal web cams. There are scads of them these days that stream real-time animal activity from zoos, aquariums, and wildlife parks all around the U.S. and the world.

You can use them to have your kids make observations like scientists and record  what they see in paper or electronic notebooks or logs. Examine habitats and compare to other animals; do long-term studies of particular animals; make a list of questions raised about what’s being observed. Could be something used in your own family, or with a homeschool co-op.

Here’s a list of some live web cams of an assortment of animals. I tried to pick ones that have some action. These are all real-time – as opposed to recorded video, or video that refreshes every so often. I like the real-time ones best, although the animals will sometimes walk out of the frame. If you know of any others that are especially good, please post a link. 

Elephants  San Diego Zoo

Penguins  California Academy of Sciences; offers three views: wide, underwater, and biologist

Flying Skunk Farm   Daily life in a chicken yard; you can feed the chickens by clicking on a button on the site

Steve's Ant Farm

Southeastern Guide Dogs  Puppy Cam

Hornby Island Eagles   When you get to the site, you'll find the eagle link and other cam options under the Live Now tab.

Bird Feeder  

North American Bear Center  Three bears live here: Ted, Honey and Lucky

Polar Bear  San Diego Zoo

Marwell Wildlife  Live cam of Coati and Pygmy Hippo; other still video cams showing lemur, gibbon, tiger, and others, refresh every five minutes

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