We are continuing to think about Biodiversity.
You are invited to participate in
UNLESS… Earth-friendly Chroniclers Challenge 10: “Biodiversity… I Spy”
What is biodiversity?
Biodiversity is the variety of all life forms on earth – the different plants, animals and micro-organisms and the ecosystems of which they are a part.
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UNLESS… Earth-friendly Chroniclers’ Challenge 10: Go outside for some “I Spy” time.
Slow down this week… plan a stress-free outing to a favorite place in your ecoregion. It could be as close as your own yard or neighborhood park; or to a natural area further away. Where ever you go, plan to stay for a while. Take a camera and something for making a list of observations. Then play a naturalist version of “I Spy!”
Your mission is to take the time to look closely; notice as many life forms as possible from a variety of perspectives. Record what you see in a way that is meaningful to you.
Then create a post to share your thoughts/ photos and create a ping back to the challenge. UNLESS: Challenge 10 .
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If writing a post is not possible, share your experience in the comments section.
However you participate, please be sure to identify what ecoregion/ system you were in. Any details/ anecdotes you include will help other Chroniclers to appreciate the biodiversity in your area.
Interested in a new tool to identify biodiversity where you live? Look at: MAP of LIFE
Check out this new app that was just released for Android and iPhone smartphones!
I INSTALLED THIS ON MY iPHONE… IT LOOKS AMAZING!!!
On my mobile phone screen, Map of Life instantly tells me about Expected Species for my ecoregion. The lists include: 21 Amphibians, 210 Birds, 37 Fishes, 77 Mammals, 11 Reptiles, 2 Turtles, 26 Bumblebees, 83 Butterflies, 62 Dragonflies, 46 Trees! How awesome is that? When I click on a species, the Map of Life shows me a photograph, common name, scientific name, range, and a description if one is available.
Geographic information about biodiversity is vital for understanding the many services nature provides and their potential changes, yet remains unreliable and often insufficient. Built on a scalable web platform geared for large biodiversity and environmental data, Map of Life endeavors to provide ‘best-possible’ species range information and species lists for any geographic area. Map of Life aims to support effective and global biodiversity education, monitoring, research and decision-making by assembling and integrating a wide range of knowledge about species distributions and their dynamics over time.
The Map of Life assembles and integrates different sources of data describing species distributions worldwide. These data include expert species range maps, species occurrence points, ecoregions, and protected areas from providers like IUCN, WWF, GBIF, and more. All data assets are stored, managed, backed up, and accessed using a hosted cloud instance. (Cut from source, 05-13-15)