Regional Environmental Resources
Texas is a huge state with a variety of geographic and environmental regions. Maps, river studies, air quality, etc. are some of the particular topics covered by the site. While many sites for students offer an opportunity for comparing information from local venues, few are available to illustrate the larger geographical construct of regionalism.
While Tony Phillips day job is Professor of Mathematics, he has an affinity for the songs and calls of New York State birds. The special attraction of this resource are the soundbites from the birds themselves during their different activities.
Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.
Open to everyone, the results are posted on-line and accessible by regioe, e.g., county, state or country.
Columbia University in New York has mounted a site for wildlife preservation and monitoring environmental conditions. While the bulk of the resources have traditionally pertained to New York state (animal behavior, bird migration, etc.), the center has branched out to cover regional projects in many parts of the U.S. and around the world.
Check with your local city or nearby park & recreation departments. Many cities now have environmental education centers where you can take a field trip to the center or have center staff visit your classroom.