Resources for Teachers

College: Biology and Ecosystems

General Biology|| General Ecosystems|| Amphibians|| Birds

General Biology

Avian Zoonotic Diseases: Work Smart, Stay Safe- Video
A 90-minute online seminar that covers basic disease concepts, common routes of disease exposure, and biosafety recommendations. Avian zoonotic diseases discussed are salmonellosis, chlamydiosis, histoplasmosis, West Nile virus, Newcastle Disease, and avian influenza. Watch the course and download the materials.

Mammalian Zoonotic Diseases: Work Smart, Stay Safe- Video
A 90-minute online seminar that covers basic disease concepts, common routes of disease exposure and biosafety recommendations. Mammalian zoonotic diseases discussed are rabies, plague, baylisascaris, tularemia, Hantavirus, Lyme disease, giardia, and echinococcus. Watch the course and download the materials.

Become a Phenology Observer- Activity
The National Phenology Network (sponsored by the USGS) is looking for volunteers to help monitor plant and animal species found across the United States. Learn how to monitor plant and animal phenology and sign up to contribute new observations to the national phenology database.

Interactive Human Wildlife Disease Maps- Maps
Dengue Fever reports have been added to the USGS Disease Maps Web site. Provide public assistance in wildlife disease surveillance through a new experimental Web site for reporting wildlife mortality events.

Disease Emergence and Resurgence: The Wildlife-Human Connection- Background Information
This online publication focuses on disease emergence in wildlife, the importance of wild animals as sentinels for disease emergence, and critical issues regarding wildlife as sources for diseases that are transmittable to humans.

General Ecosystem

USGS Global Ecosystems- Background Information
An effort to classify and map global ecosystems in a standardized, robust, and practical manner at scales appropriate for on-the-ground management. Click on the "Products" tab and select "Publications" to browse a series of maps published in 2009-2010.

Global Ecosystems Data Viewer- Background Information
Perform customized viewing, data selection, and download for several ecosystems data layers. Free registration is required.

Terrestrial Ecosystems Map of the Conterminous United States- Background Information
The USGS, with support from NatureServe, has modeled the potential distribution of 419 terrestrial ecosystems for the conterminous United States using a comprehensive biophysical stratification approach that identifies distinct biophysical environments and associates them with known vegetation distributions. Download a PDF of this 2010 publication or go to the Data Viewer to download data.

Delta Research And Global Observation Network (DRAGON)- Background Information
An international partnership for sharing data on the great deltas and rivers of the world and to develop comparative models and visualization tools to facilitate ecological forecasting regarding climate change and development.

National Wetlands Research Center- Background Information
Research on wetland losses, restoration, and management, with an emphasis on Gulf Coast habitats.

Biodiversity and Habitat Markets: Policy, Economic, and Ecological Implications of Market-based Conservation- Background Information
A primer on market-like and market-based mechanisms designed to conserve biodiversity and habitat.

Tidal Marsh Monitoring- Background Information
An online handbook for conducting "on the ground" tidal marsh restoration monitoring. Offers information on monitoring design, methods, SOPs, datasheets, database templates, and a restoration forum.

USGS Chesapeake Bay Activities- Background Information
The mission of USGS Chesapeake Bay studies is to provide integrated science for improved understanding and management of the Bay ecosystem.

San Francisco Bay and Delta- Background Information
The vast San Francisco Bay and Delta region of California has undergone rapid, large-scale land use changes that have resulted in the loss of wetlands, alteration of freshwater inflows, contamination of water, sediments and biota, and declines of fish and wildlife species.

South Florida Integrated Science- Background Information
Information access in support of research, decision making, and resource management for the South Florida ecosystem restoration effort.

Hydrology and Ecology of Freshwater Wetlands in Central Florida -- A Primer- Background Information
Wetlands are a dominant landscape feature in Florida; in 1996, an estimated 11.4 million acres of wetlands occupied 29 percent of the area of the State. Wetlands represent a greater percentage of the land surface in Florida than in any other state in the conterminous United States. Learn about Florida's wetlands in this 138 page Circular, published in 2010.

Terrestrial Ecosystems: Isobioclimates of the Conterminous United States- Map
This USGS map is an excellent classroom tool for the study of terrestrial ecosystems. Two other useful Terrestrial Ecosystem maps have also been published: Land Surface Forms of the Conterminous United States and Topographic Moisture Potential of the Conterminous United States. All three maps can be downloaded in PDF format or paper copies can be ordered from the USGS Store.


USGS Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI)- Background Information
ARMI is a Congressionally-mandated national program of amphibian monitoring, research, and conservation. Links to regional Web sites, a searchable publication list, and copyright-free photos are included.   

Amphibian Malformations and Decline: USGS National Wildlife Health Center- Background Information
This site has limited information, but provides quick links to a Field Guide to Malformations of Frogs and Toads plus a 1997 report on Diagnostic Findings Associated with Malformed Frogs in Vermont.


Birds of North America Taxonomic List- Background Information
A table listing birds of North America. The table is sorted taxonomically (by order, family, and genus).

Bird Banding Laboratory of the North American Bird Banding Program- Background Information
Information on bird banding and bird markers.

Whooping Cranes- Background Information
The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center has been breeding whooping cranes for release to the wild since 1967. This site has extensive information and Frequently Asked Questions about whooping cranes plus videos and a list of recent articles. Be sure to click on the site map to see fascinating photos and information about raising individual chicks. An additional 16-minute video discusses health, exercise, diet, and training of these birds that were once on the brink of extinction.