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The Life of Birds

This companion to a new PBS series featuring renowned wildlife documentary host Sir David Attenborough is not as feature-rich as some comparable sites but deserves a visit nonetheless. Essentially a collection of five thoughtful illustrated essays, the site explores bird evolution, intelligence, songs (with RealPlayer examples), parenting, and several superlative birds. Additional contents include...
Song of the Earth

This PBS Web site is the online companion to the Nature documentary "Song of the Earth," hosted by David Attenborough. The program explores the elemental purpose of music and offers a fascinating look at the connection between animal sounds and human music. The site includes two detailed lesson plans that integrate science and language arts, designed for grades 9-12. Learning objectives include...
As the Old Sing, So the Young Twitter

This Library of Congress website features an exhibition that "takes its inspiration from the musical and verbal relationship between birds and flutes." Not only are their 1,500 flutes and other wind instruments in this collection given to the Library of Congress by a scientist in 1941, there are also "books, prints, photographs, music, correspondence, trade catalogs, [and] statuary." Visitors...