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Please check back as we continue to build this resources page! If you have suggestions for resources you would like us to share with the community, please e-mail JuricaSuchyMuseum@ben.edu.
Click on the links below to connect with the various new museum virtual resources:
-Museum podcast "Out of the Discovery Box" with new episodes monthly.
-Museum YouTube Channel with educational videos highlighting the museum collections.
See more details on our Visit the Museum page.
Willowbrook Wildlife Center: http://willowbrookwildlife.org/~willow34/coyotes-foxes/
Living with Wildlife in Illinois: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/wildlife/directory.cfm
Fact Sheets: http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/cougars.html
Wildlife Ecology & Fact Sheets: http://wildlifedamage.uwex.edu/
On Saturday, January 31, 2015 the Director/Curator of the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum, Karly Tumminello, co-presented at the Wild Things conference with Susan Ask, Founder of animalia project, and Mike Redmer, a Senior Biologist of USFWS.
Their presentation, "Bears, Cougars, and Wolves, Oh My!... Adapting to Life with Large Carnivores in Chicago's Urban Wilderness" looked at the current trends in these three species returning to the Midwest region, where they were previously extirpated from during the 1800's.
Key take-aways from this talk:
1) Sightings of black bear, cougars and wolves will remain infrequent in the near future. Generally, young males may move through our region looking for suitable habitat and food resources (such as the white-tailed deer).
2) The fact that these animals are looking for suitable habitat in our region speaks to the successes of collective and continued conservation efforts. Restoration projects have successfully increased biodiversity in many ways.
3) These creatures generally avoid all contact with humans. However, there are measures we as humans need to take to ensure we do not inadvertently attract these animals. This includes things like securing trash cans, taking in bird feeders at night, and not leaving our pets outdoors unattended.
4) It may be challenging to identify an animal, especially if seeing it for the first time. There are many key characteristics to look for which may help distinguish between similar species. If at a safe distance, you could try to get a photograph to submit to an expert for confirmation.
Report any unusual wildlife sightings here: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/wildlife/sightings.cfm
If you have any questions or comments, or are interested in assisting in our on-going efforts to educate the public about large carnivores in the Chicago Wilderness region, please e-mail JuricaSuchyMuseum@ben.edu.
For information on Climate Change please visit these links:
animalia project: http://animaliaproject.org/climate/
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: http://www.naturemuseum.org/nature-and-science-in-action/citizen-science
Chicago Community Climate Action Toolkit: http://climatechicago.fieldmuseum.org/toolkit-workshops
Chicago Climate Action Plan: http://www.chicagoclimateaction.org/
Do you have suggestions for other Climate Change or Climate Action resources? Please pass them on to us so we can share them: JuricaSuchyMuseum@ben.edu
Project Budburst: http://budburst.org/
Project Squirrel: http://www.projectsquirrel.org/
Project FeederWatch: http://feederwatch.org/
Habitat Project: http://habitatproject.org/index.html
Xerces Society: http://www.xerces.org/citizen-science/
Illinois Odonate Survey: http://www.illinoisodes.org/
Illinois River Watch: https://illinoisriverwatch.org/
animaila project: http://animaliaproject.org/citizen-science/
FrogWatch USA: https://www.aza.org/frogwatch/
Bird Watching HQ: https://birdwatchinghq.com/
Project FeederWatch Cams: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/cams/cornell-lab-feederwatch/
Illinois Peregrines, Field Museum: https://www.fieldmuseum.org/science/special-projects/illinois-peregrines/illinois-peregrines-webcams
Audubon Bird Cams: https://www.audubon.org/birdcams
National Park Service - Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Webcams: https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm
National Park Service - Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska Webcams: https://www.nps.gov/katm/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm
Indianapolis Zoo Cams: https://www.indianapoliszoo.com/webcams/
San Diego Zoo Cams: https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams
Dublin Zoo Cams: https://www.dublinzoo.ie/animals/animal-webcams/
International Wolf Center Cams: https://wolf.org/wolf-cams2/
A Kid's Guide to Gardening: https://www.kremp.com/kids-guide-to-gardening
Garden Activities: https://kidsgardening.org/garden-activities/
Gardening With Kids: https://www.planetnatural.com/gardening-kids/
Plants for Sensory Gardens: https://www.flowerpotman.com/sensory-gardens-at-home/sensory-garden-plants/
Kid's Vegetable Garden Ideas: https://gardentherapy.ca/fun-and-educational-kids-vegetable-garden/
How to Make a Kid's Vegetable Garden: https://montessorirocks.org/vegetable-garden-for-kids/
Audubon for Kids: https://www.audubon.org/get-outside/activities/audubon-for-kids
A Parent's Guide to Nature Play: https://naturalstart.org/feature-stories/parent%E2%80%99s-guide-nature-play
60 Nature Play Activities: https://theimaginationtree.com/60-nature-play-ideas-for-kids/
Fun Outdoor Activities for Kids: https://www.natureplaywa.org.au/resources/fun-outdoor-activities-for-kids
kidspot Nature Play Collection: https://www.kidspot.com.au/things-to-do/collection/nature-play
NAAEE Nature-Based Preschool Guidebook: https://naturalstart.org/nature-based-preschool-professional-practice-guidebook
Project Learning Tree - Activities for Families: https://www.plt.org/activities-for-families/
Sustainability at Benedictine: http://www.ben.edu/sustainability/
Conservation Foundation: https://www.theconservationfoundation.org/
Sustain DuPage: https://sustaindupage.com/
12 Ways to Live More Sustainably: https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/population_and_sustainability/sustainability/live_more_sustainably.html
Green Eco Tips: http://www.globalstewards.org/ecotips.htm
How to Make A Worm Compost Bin: https://naplescompost.com/how-to-make-your-own-worm-composting-bin/
Composting at Home: https://www.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home
Water Footprint Calculator: https://www.watercalculator.org/how-to-save-water/
Water Saving Tips: https://www.edenproject.com/learn/for-everyone/water-saving-tips
Organic Lawn Care: https://www.planetnatural.com/organic-lawn-care-101/going-organic/
Native Landscaping: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/plantinfo/landscaping_native_plants
Xeriscaping and Xerogardening: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/library/spotlight/xeriscaping
10 Home Items to Reuse Over and Over: https://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/home-items-you-can-reuse-over-and-over-again/
100 DIY Crafts to Repurpose and Reuse: https://www.diyncrafts.com/6081/repurpose/100-ways-repurpose-reuse-broken-household-items
Upcycling in the Garden: https://www.housebeautiful.com/uk/garden/a30387007/upcycling-ideas-garden/
17 Upcycled Garden Ideas: https://recyclenation.com/2015/05/17-upcycled-garden-ideas/
GreenPlanet4Kids Comics: https://greenplanet4kids.com/
Environmental Science: https://www.environmentalscience.org/sustainability
Home Water Conservation: https://www.myjobquote.co.uk/blog/home-water-conservation/
JSNM Podcast "Out of the Discovery Box": https://anchor.fm/jsnm
Podcasts for Bird Watchers: https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/podcasts.php
American Birding Podcast: https://www.aba.org/podcast/
Urban Wildlife Podcast: http://www.urbanwildlifecast.com/
The Casual Birder Podcast: https://casualbirderpod.libsyn.com/
Eyes On Conservation: http://wildlensinc.org/film-projects/eyes-on-conservation/show-notes/
Out and About - Kane County: https://anchor.fm/forest-preserve
Note: Museum worksheet packets are free and available by request. The worksheet packet does not included any of the worksheets listed above. There are 2 packets available and are designed for two age groups: Pre-K - 1st grade and 2nd - 5th grade. See details on our Visit the Museum page.
To suggest new virtual resources, or to request printable PDF versions of any JSNM worksheet, please email us at JuricaSuchyMuseum@ben.edu.