Northern Virginia Ecology
Nature with a Twist: Focus on Species Relationships!
Here is a website that has been a favorite of mine for about a decade — despite it being old school without all the bells and whistles of modern media.
While a great many sites have fact pages on a wide variety of plants and animals, THIS is the only one I have found that has a handy chart of inter-species relationships at the end of each description.
For example, a page on a plant species will feature lists of what animals use it for food, which use it for shelter… plus a list of interactions with other plant species, and any other types of interactions (such as pollination by bees or butterfly species).
A page on an animal species will end with lists of its prey or food, its predators, its shelter species, and other interactions (such as parasites).
Click this screenshot to visit this sample page:
As useful and thorough as this wildlife resource is, you may be surprised to learn that it is the result of a project designed and produced by and for the Island Creek Elementary School in northern Virginia, very close to Washington D.C. While the species are limited to those in that part of the eastern seaboard of the USA, the interactions between these species can be examples of nearly any ecological area.
Check out their extensive Organism Menu — broken down into trees, shrubs and vines, wildflowers and weeds, other plants, fungi, lichen, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, arachnids, crustaceans, chilopods, diplopods, insects, annelids, mollusks, cnidarians, tardigrades, planarians, nematodes, and other microscopic animals. I told you this site is thorough! 😀
You can also visit the main entrance page for links to habitat descriptions, types of inter-species relationships, lessons and activities for teachers, and more.
— I am not affiliated with this site or with this school district and have received no compensation for this post — I just sincerely enjoy spreading the word about awesome projects and helpful resources! —
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