In honor of the opening of the Discover Earth exhibit appearing in Ephrata from May 18 to July 11, I thought it would be good to look at some of the sources out there for looking at wildlife in Pennsylvania. These are resources that are available to the general public that will lead you to the wonderful world of science.
First place I would highly recommend to start is the Discover Earth @ Ephrata Public Library. This is a great start to find all of the activities and resources available through the Library. Discover Earth is a traveling exhibit that is only visiting 10 libraries in the United States in 2012 and 2013.
If you have an interest in Pennsylvania wildlife, I would strongly suggest the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s website. It has resources related to Pennsylvania wildlife and birdwatching. They have a surprisingly large amount of material available.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission operates the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in northern Lancaster County. It is world renown as an excellent place to watch migrating birds, particularly Canada geese, snow geese, and tundra swans, as they travel the Atlantic Flyway.
The Pennsylvania chapter of the National Audubon Society is also a great place to find birding information for Pennsylvania.
I consulted an 8th grade science teacher, who suggested the following links for general science resources:
- Science News for Kids – http:// www.sciencenewsforkids.org
- Offers a variety of different science articles or a variety of different topics. The articles are current and deal with what is going on now in science.
- Science News – http://www.sciencenews.org
- The adult version of science news for kids.
Periodic table of element websites:
- Periodic table of elements by WebElements – http://webelements.com
- Periodic table of elements – http://www.chemicool.com
- World biomes – http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/world_biomes.htm
- National geographic for kids – http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/
- National geographic – http://www.nationalgeographic.com/
- The Story behind the science – http://www.storybehindthescience.org/index.html
- Articles about different scientists and their discoveries. Website has articles as PDF files. Cover topics like astronomy, biology, physics, geology and chemistry
Science fair projects:
- Science buddies – http://www.sciencebuddies.org/
- Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary Online – http://visual.merriam-webster.com/index.php
- Great for looking up and seeing science terms. Can be used for other things.
These are just a place to start and do not nearly begin to cover all of the opportunities to get outside and experience wildlife this summer. Of course, while you are out stop by the library and see the Discover Earth exhibit!
Keith L Greenawalt, Public Services Librarian