"The most valuable learning experiences may have been the meter squared analyses because they helped me focus intensively on three distinct delta areas. This activity, in addition to the found poetry history activity, the kayaking experience in the tules, and the interactive Delta Map stand out in my mind. The found poetry helped me connect the history of the land to the people that have lived in it, which was satisfying to me emotionally (I also liked that we did this cooperatively and shared out); the kayaking helped me connect to the water and the plants and animals that make their homes in the Delta; and the Delta Map and the kinesthetic activities we did with it, along with the explanations, helped me have an experiential sense of the topography and hydrology of the area."
Habitats Alive! An ecological guide to California’s diverse habitats contains in-depth information on 53 major California habitats. California is one of the world’s most geographically and biologically diverse regions—but this diversity is under constant threat as a result of human activity.
Habitats Alive!, a production of the California Institute for Biodiversity and the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, is designed to educate our citizens about these amazing places and inspire people to embrace their stewardship. This volume is an important resource for educators, naturalists, scientists or curious California residents who want to know more about the natural environment around them. Be inspired by California’s incredible biodiversity!
In Habitats Alive! you will find:
- Overviews of 53 different California habitats, from Montane Chaparral to Desert Wash to Rocky Intertidal
- Details on where each habitat can be found, how it got there, local plants and animals, and resources for further investigation
- Pages of additional information on plant and animal adaptations, human footprint (both present-day Californians and historical California Indian communities), climate, eco-facts, and what people are doing to keep these places protected