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Ecology -- Florida

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View Resource SOFIA: South Florida Information Access

One of the US Geological Survey's Ecosystem Programs, the South Florida Ecosystem Program is an intergovernmental effort "to reestablish and maintain the ecosystem of south Florida," including the region's water regime, hydrology, and geochemical and biological processes. To restore south Florida's ecosystems, the Program relies on the collaboration of over a dozen agencies, and information is...

https://sflwww.er.usgs.gov/
View Resource TIME: Tide and Inflows in the Mangroves of the Everglades

The Tides and Inflows in the Mangroves of the Everglades (TIME) project of the USGS South Florida Ecosystem Program is "a joint research effort to investigate the interacting effects of freshwater inflows and tidal forces in and along the mangrove ecotone of south Florida." This Webpage is designed as an open interface through which scientists may share information and disseminate findings to...

https://sofia.usgs.gov/time/
View Resource South Florida Information Access: Virtual Tour

Southern Florida contains some of the most unique landscape and biology in the US. The US Geological Society and Southern Florida Information Access (SOFIA) maintains the South Florida Virtual Tour in hopes of sharing the beauty of the area and promoting its protection. Visitors can tour sixteen areas (e.g., the Everglades and the Florida Keys); view images (still and 360 degree), illustrations,...

https://sofia.usgs.gov/virtual_tour/index.html
View Resource Everglades National Park: Curriculum Materials

This educational resource from the Everglades National Park provides a variety of activities for grades K-6. Covering a wide variety of life science subjects, lesson plans include habitat, food chains, biodiversity, and more. A geography lesson is included, but is most applicable for those living in Florida. There are lots of additional teacher resources for honing up on Everglades-related topics,...

https://www.nps.gov/ever/learn/education/curriculummaterials...
View Resource Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce: The Indian River Lagoon Species Inventory

Florida's Indian River Lagoon (IRL) is recognized as possibly the most biologically diverse estuarine system in the continental US. The Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce manages the IRL Species Inventory Project, which includes an online database of taxonomic, ecological, and life history information of species in the estuary. Researchers, educators, and resource managers are encouraged to...

http://www.sms.si.edu/IRLSpec/index.htm
View Resource Florida Springs: Protecting Nature's Gems

This educational Web site from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection offers an in-depth exploration of Florida's freshwater springs and the aquifer that supports them. The site includes many informal (and highly visual) learning opportunities, such as an animated demonstration of the hydrologic cycle and classroom lesson plans based on Web site content. The four lessons plans (one...

http://www.floridasprings.org/
View Resource Florida Center For Environmental Studies

Based at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, the Florida Center for Environmental Studies collects and disseminates research and educational materials related to water-dominated ecosystems, especially the Everglades. Scholars working in the field of ecology will want to read about their current multi-year research projects, which include working to coordinate ecological restoration efforts...

http://www.ces.fau.edu/
View Resource Florida Plants Online: Young Naturalist's Page

Hosted by Florida Plants Online and edited by Botanist Leigh Fulghum, this Young Naturalist website provides links to a wide variety of educational sites for students, teachers, and parents. The Young Naturalist site focuses on Florida's natural history, but connects to resources useful for students in other geographic regions as well. The natural history resources are organized by such categories...

http://www.floridaplants.com/youngn.htm
View Resource USGS: South Florida Information Access-Kid's Page

A website for younger naturalists, the Kid's Page was developed by the USGS's SOFIA program to teach children about the ecosystems, animals, and water systems of South Florida. The Florida Ecosystems section of the site is brief, but it does offer concise descriptions and photos for southern Florida's many diverse habitats including mangroves, coral reefs, hardwood hammocks, swamps, and more. The...

https://sofia.usgs.gov/virtual_tour/kids/index.html
View Resource Florida Citrus Industry Oral Histories

What's so special about oranges? They are a major cash crop for Florida and other warm weather places, and this fascinating oral history project from the University of South Florida (USF) explores the very nature of this industry. Working together with the USF's Patel Center for Global Studies, oral historian William Mansfield conducted 20 interviews regarding the impact of globalization on the...

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http://digital.lib.usf.edu/ohp-flcitrus