Hi! It’s Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!
ARKive: Images of Life on Earth
Age Range: All
Gather the family around the computer for this free photographic “ARK-ive” of wildlife imagery that promotes understanding and appreciation of the world’s biodiversity and conservation of the world’s threatened species.
Sponsored by Wildscreen, a non-profit organization, this site is more than just a beautiful photo gallery of the earth’s many plants and animals; it is a virtual encyclopedia of the world’s endangered species!
Get up close and personal with nature as you flip through the amazing high resolution images of species including:
- Invertebrates – terrestrial
- Invertebrates – marine
- Plants and algae
- Fungi (including lichens)
Click on a category, and a new page opens to a menu of flora or fauna represented. For example, click on “Reptiles” and a new page opens where you can learn more about Komodo Dragons, Hawksbill Turtles, Adders, Saltwater Crocodiles, Arabian Sand Geckos, and much, much more!
View incredible photographs, videos, and read interesting fact sheets to learn information such as:
There are also external links within each page to lead you to the organizations or societies helping any given specie.
You can sign up for free to become an ARKive member that allows you to make your own archives and download photos and screen savers.
As the site explains:
“Wildlife films and photos are vital weapons in the battle to save the world’s endangered species from the brink of extinction. So with the help of the world’s best filmmakers, photographers, conservationists and scientists, ARKive is creating the ultimate multimedia guide to the world’s endangered animals, plants and fungi.
By revealing what these species look like, how they behave and what makes them special, we are aiming to shine the spotlight on the many thousands of endangered species, thereby raising their public profile and, ultimately, helping to ensure their conservation.”
This noble effort wins a ClickSchooling Award (CSAW) for excellence in combining technology with education.
Diane Flynn Keith