» Habitats (Ecology)

WolfQuest

WolfQuest is a 3D wildlife simulation video game about gray wolves and the ecology of Yellowstone National Park. Play as a lone wolf, with a mate, or in a pack. In single-player games, learn how to hunt elk, communicate with other wolves, find a mate, establish a den and territory, raise pups, and embark on a perilous journey to a summering site. In multiplayer games, join together with friends to explore the wilderness and hunt elk, and raise pups together! Read More

How Wolves Change Rivers

Brief clip about the reintroduction of the Wolf into Yellowstone National Park. Illustrates the importance of Keystone Species. Excellent for use in the classroom. Read More

Common Ground: Solutions for Reducing the Human, Economic and Conservation Costs of Human Wildlife Conflict

This report deals with the conflicts between wildlife and human development. Three cases studies are included, in Namibia, Nepal and Indonesia, respectively. Each location has different problems and contexts, but in all three countries, human lives and economic livelihoods are at stake, as well as the loss of habitat of threatened species. The authors advocate a species conservation approach based on land use planning integrated with human needs in order continue sustainable development. Read More

Encyclopedia of Life

Electronic collection of each known species on earth, includes quality photos and maps, scientific classification, taxonomy, habitat, molecular biology and genetics CAUTION: There is some question as to the accuracy of the content. Read More

Habitat Fragmentation by Land-Use Change: One-Horned Rhinoceros in Nepal and Red-Cockaded Woodpecker in Texas

This research focuses on the spatial analysis of the habitat of two vulnerable species, the one-horn rhinoceros in the grasslands of southern Nepal, and the red-cockaded woodpecker in the Piney woods of southeast Texas, in the USA. A study sites relevant for biodiversity conservation was selected in each country: Chitwan National Park in Nepal, and areas near the Big Thicket National Preserve in Texas. Land-use differs in the two study areas: the first is still undergoing agrarian development while the second is in a technological phase and undergoing urbanization processes. Satellite remote sensing images were used to derive land-cover maps by supervised classification. These maps were then processed by Geographic Information Systems methods to apply habitat models based on basic resources (food and cover) and obtain habitat suitability maps. Several landscape metrics were computed to quantify the habitat characteristics especially the composition and configuration of suitable habitat patches. Sensitivity analyses were performed as the nominal values of some of the model parameters were arbitrary. Development potential probability models were used to hypothesize changes in land-use of the second study site. Various scenarios were employed to examine the impact of development on the habitat of red-cockaded woodpecker. The method derived in this study would prove beneficial to guide management and conservation of wildlife habitats. Read More

The Last Stand of the Gorilla: Environmental Crime and Conflict in the Congo Basin

This report discusses the status of gorillas in the Greater Congo River Basin. The report looks at challenges such as poaching and habitat loss. Read More

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan

This action plan articulates the most significant ecosystem problems for the Great Lakes, and describes efforts to address them. The five areas are toxic substances, invasive species, health and pollution, wildlife and habitat preservation and restoration, and finally a component that covers accountability and evaluation. Read More

ARKive

Eleven interactive educational games and puzzles on habitats, animal survival, and animal stages around the world. Read More

Water Ecology

A seven-chapter manual on water hydrology and ecology in the state of Iowa. Read More

Biological Monitoring Manual

A 31-page manual on biological studies in Iowa rivers, streams, and lakes. Read More

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