Here are some great sources of good, solid science for you:
- The San Diego Zoo’s site for kidshas some good, general information about animals. It’s focused on the species they have in their collection which is notoriously huge.
- Biology4kids.comis a good one for general info, too.
- Animal Diversity Webwill tell you all you want to know (and then some) about any animal’s phylum, class, order, family genus, and species. Want to know what makes reptile a reptile? What’s a pelecypod? This is a great starting point.
- Endangered speciesare the subject at this kid-friendly site by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
- National Geographic has good animal info for kids
- For those of us in Texas, I can heartily recommend Texas Parks & Wildlife’s outstanding site. It’s huge so here are some specific sections within that site I recommend: a) monthly kids’ section from the TPWD magazine b) additional kids’ stuff c) Young Naturalist e-book (for adults and children together) d) the “Nature Trackers” program provides an opportunity for everyone to participate in scientific research and data collection. Scientists can’t be everywhere so they need YOU to be their eyes and ears!
Here are some sites that relate specifically to some of Lucas’ songs and stories:
- Journey North-an exemplary science site about the migrations of monarchs, whooping cranes and others. Superb!!
- Monarch watch-everything you want to know about monarch butterflies, their migrations and how YOU can help them.
- Jesús Rivas, anaconda researcher,has an excellent site about anacondas and other tropical animals
- Kemp’s ridley sea turtles-great site from some very dedicated scientists and volunteers. Also, here’s an excellent articleabout the project to re-establish them on Padre Island National Seashore in Texas.
- The frogs & toads of Texas! Oh, how we love them!
- ALL about Mexican free-tailed bats direct from “Bat Man” Dr. Merlin Tuttle, founder of Bat Conservation International
- Great, kid-friendly article about the return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park. This was the subject of the song A Deer In My Cadillac