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Monday, April 13, 2015

Webcams and Stuff

If you're an NPR listener, yesterday you may have heard the story, "Better Than 'Survivor': Wild Drama Hooks Viewers On Nest Web Cams."

Webcams are pointed at nests, zoos, and monuments and more, around the world. About a year ago, I rounded up a few for a post; click here.

For those of you who've wondered about the Great Blue herons that fly over Windham, and the various nesting areas (rookeries) in town, you can see herons up close on the Hericon Marsh Great Blue Heron Camera. Hericon Marsh is in Wisconsin, however, I'm sure the habits of NH herons and WI herons are pretty much the same!

The U. S. Department of Agriculture: Forest Service has a number of webcams listed on its Nature Watch site. They call them "Critter Cams." I find the plain old birdfeeder site from Cornell Lab of Ornithology, sited in Ithaca, New York, to be a joyous experience since you can listen to a multitude of bird calls and songs when there's no "action" at the feeder.

There are resources for educators at the Cornell Lab's BirdSleuth K-12, so if you're a teacher or homeschooler, check it out. Also for parents and teachers I would recommend these books for getting the kids out into the natural lab, also known as the "great outdoors":

Cornell, Joseph. Sharing Nature with Children: The Classic Parents' & Teachers' Nature Awareness Guidebook. [372.3 COR]

Lang, Susan S. Nature in Your Backyard: Simple Activities for Children. [J 574.974 LAN]

Louv, Richard. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. [155.418 LOU]

Silver, Donald M. Backyard "One Small Square" series. [J 577.5 SIL]

Sisson, Edith A. Nature with Children of All Ages: Activities & Adventures for Exploring, Learning & Enjoying the World around Us. [372.3 SIS]

Smith, Marilyn. The Kid's Guide to Exploring Nature. [J 508 SMI]

Ward, Jennifer. I Love Dirt!: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature. [FT 796.083 WAR]

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