Unschooling Resources: Biology / Zoology


The Great Backyard Bird Count
"The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all levels in counting birds and reporting their results to create a mid-winter snapshot of the numbers, kinds, and distribution of birds across the continent."

Hummingbird Nest
Watch as two humming birds grow up and leave the nest.

Ivory-billed Woodpecker
This site is filled with information on the recently-spotted (and recorded!) Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Also includes links to purchase a dvd and a children's book. (post #122)

National Zoo website

Natural History Notebooks

Nest Box Cams
Webcams in the nest boxes of various birds, including barn owls, bluebirds, osprey and more.

Pond Life Identification Kit
A wonderful, simple site.

Urban Bird Studies
Participate in one of several projects about urban-dwelling birds. Sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Very, very cool.


Lyrical Life Science cassette or cd by Bobby Horton
Lyrical Learning sells this wonderful cd with whimsical science lyrics set to old-timey tunes. With songs like "Oh Bacteria" (sung to "Oh Susannah"), "Invertebrates" (sung to "Clementine"), and "Genetics" (sung to "Shortnin' Bread"), you'll end up learning like crazy without even realizing it. Lyrics included. These cds are highly recommended.
You can read our full review of Lyrical Life Science in LFLF Issue 14.
Stellaluna Audiobook Story by Janell Cannon, Read by David Holt
Holt's version of this award-winning story is absolutely wonderful! Also included are Hattie The Backstage Bat, Why the Bat Flies at Night and Amazing Bat Facts. For the bat-lover in your family!
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