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Ecology Field Cards- Set 4, Wetlands and Wet Prairies

Oregon State University Extension

Discover what lives around you in the Wetlands and Wet Prairies! Created for Willamette Valley habitats, explore local plants insects, wildlife, and more! Each set comes with an Educator’s Guide which includes educational activities for students.

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Ecology Field Cards- Set 5, Upland Prairie

Oregon State University Extension

Discover what lives around you in the Upland Prairie! Created for Willamette Valley habitats, explore local plants insects, wildlife, and more! Increase you knowledge of native species, biodiversity, relationships, and cycles. Each set comes with an Educator’s Guide which includes educational activities for students.

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There are days in late winter when the Pacific coast enjoys a brief spell of clear, warm weather. Most of the winter storms have passed and the summer fog has not yet settled in. This is when some coastal communities plan their annual beach cleanups.

In this sequel to Ellie’s Log and Ricky’s Atlas, Ellie and Ricky travel to the Oregon coast from their home in the Cascade Mountains to help with a one-day beach cleanup. Hoping to find a prized Japanese glass float, they instead find more important natural treasures, and evidence of an ocean that needs its own global-scale cleanup.

Ellie and Ricky are amazed by their discoveries at the edge of the world’s largest ocean. Together, they realize the power of volunteering and grapple with the challenges of ocean conservation. In her journal Ellie records her observations of their adventures in her own words and pictures.

With charming pen-and-ink drawings and a compelling story, Ellie’s Strand makes coastal science exciting for upper elementary school students. It will be a treasured companion for young beach explorers everywhere.

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Ricky in the City- Where the Wildlife Live

Judith L. Li, M. L. Herring

It’s early fall when Ricky and Ellie travel to Portland from their homes in the Cascade Mountains for a weekend school exchange.  Much to their surprise, they find an astounding variety of wildlife in the city. With the help of their new friends, Jenny and Marcus, they explore Portland’s habitats, from its streets and gardens to woodlands, streams, and river banks. Ellie tests her bird-watching skills while Ricky learns ways to count fish in streams. Together they are fascinated by stunning wildlife in the city’s restored wetlands.

The kids find insects and reptiles moving about garden patches and bioswales, song birds and squirrels in neighborhood tree canopies, falcons and eagles crossing spacious river floodplains. As they record and map how wildlife and people are connected in these city spaces, they become community scientists, contributing to actual regional databases. After they see the young trees Marcus planted in his neighborhood, the feeders Jenny tends for hummingbirds, and the fascinating wildlife underpasses built in the wetlands, Ricky and Ellie realize there are many ways people actively care for the city’s wildlife.

 

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The age-old practice of sitting down to a family meal is undergoing unprecedented change as rising world affluence and trade, along with the spread of global food conglomerates, transform eating habits worldwide. HUNGRY PLANET profiles 30 families from around the world–including Bosnia, Chad, Egypt, Greenland, Japan, the United States, and France–and offers detailed descriptions of weekly food purchases; photographs of the families at home, at market, and in their communities; and a portrait of each family surrounded by a week’s worth of groceries. Featuring photo-essays on international street food, meat markets, fast food, and cookery, this captivating chronicle offers a riveting look at what the world really eats.

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Compost Stew

Mary McKenna Siddals

Kids everywhere can help the environment! Not only is composting becoming more common in households and residential gardens, but many school gardens feature compost piles, too. But how do you start a compost pile? What’s safe to include? Perfect for an Earth Day focus or year-round reference, this inviting book provides all the answers for kids and families looking for simple, child-friendly ways to help the planet.

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Dr. Norman Borlaug, one of the world’s greatest heroes, is the most highly-decorated individual of our time. He is credited with saving over a billion people from starvation. Dr. Borlaug is only one of five people in history to win the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. In addition, Dr. Borlaug received the Padma Vibhushan, the highest civilian award the government of India can present to a non-citizen. The Man Who Fed the World has won three nation book of the year awards: USA Booknews best Biography of the Year. The American Farm Bureau for Agriculture Best Book of the Year award, and Florida Publishers Association Best Book Award.

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Ecology Field Cards-Set 1, Douglas-fir Forests

Oregon State University Extension

Discover what lives around you! Created for Willamette Valley habitats, explore local plants insects, wildlife, and more! Each set comes with an Educator’s Guide which includes educational activities for students.

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Ecology Field Cards-Set 2, Oak Woodlands

Oregon State University Extension

Discover what lives around you in the Oak Woodlands! Created for Willamette Valley habitats, explore local plants insects, wildlife, and more! Each set comes with an Educator’s Guide which includes educational activities for students.

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After studying fish and their lifecycles in Oregon’s Interior Valleys (chapter 7) in the Get Oregonized text, rubber fish replicas allow students to create beautiful Gyotaku (fish prints). These rubber fish replicas are of chinook salmon, perfect for after a lesson on the state fish!

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