EOL News

One Species at a Time Podcast: Ravens

A recent large-scale genomic study suggests that genes might be responsible for telling species in the Corvus genus (Crows) to choose mates that look like they do. The social behavior of crows is the subject of the One Species at a Time Ravens podcast. 

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The One Species at a Time podcast series is supported by the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology

June 25, 2014 14:52

Announcing the Bouchout Declaration

EOL is one of the original 74 signatories to the Bouchout Declaration, a firm commitment to open access principles for biodiversity information by global institutions, projects, and individuals. Read all about it at http://bouchout-declaration.org.

June 13, 2014 03:31

The Digital Urban BioKit - a modern naturalist’s observation notebook

A BioKit is a digital book that invites people to explore the fauna and flora of urban parks in Canada. This interactive tool makes it possible to note one’s observations and also allows the integration of photos, videos, drawings and quizzes. Participants have the opportunity to provide a summary assessment of the visited park and share it on the mybiokit.com website. A new iPad version will be launched on June 13, 2014.

The Encyclopedia of Life is partnering with the BioKit project to provide species information. See a collection of species for the Urban BioKit on EOL: http://eol.org/collections/104265

BioKits are a project of Environment Canada’s Biosphere, CREO and NTEO studios, and the SOFAD.

June 12, 2014 12:13

One Species at a Time Podcast: Monarch Butterflies

Research shows that the loss of habitat - primarily the loss of milkweed plant habitat - in the United States is the main cause of the population decline of migrating monarch butterflies. Monarch butterfly migration and conservation is the subject of the Monarch Butterfly Google Earth Tour Video.

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The One Species at a Time podcast series is supported by the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology.

June 11, 2014 18:39

Podcast Partnership with Encyclopedia of Earth and Listen Edition

EOL is partnering with The Encyclopedia of Earth (EoE), a free online source of reliable information about the environment and Listen Edition, a company that creates teaching materials around compelling public radio stories. Together, they are giving educators free access to relevant lesson plans, and teaching resources that will support using of EOL's One Species at a Time podcasts in classrooms anywhere in the world.

The first three lesson plans in the collaboration are now available for teachers to use for free with their middle and high school students.

Lesson Collaborations:

Killer Whales lesson plan helps teachers address the essential questions: Why are killer whales difficult to study? How have killer whales adapted to feeding on different types of prey?

Spotted Dolphins and Spinner Dolphins lesson plan looks at how changes in fishing methods put dolphin populations at risk and what scientists have tried to do to reduce the risk.

Right Whales lesson plan looks at how right whales find each other when it is time to mate.

The One Species at a Time series hosted by Ari Daniel Shapiro and produced by Atlantic Public Media and the Encyclopedia of Life, with the support from the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0.

June 05, 2014 11:50