Adaptations of Life: Links for Students
Life in the Padilla Bay Reserve
This interactive Web page introduces you to over 25 different plants and animals that live in the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Using your computer mouse, roll over and click on a plant or animal to find out more about it.
Features: Online Interactivity, Graphics/Multimedia
The Eelgrass Medow: A World of Microhabitats
Download a poster with over 50 animals and plants that live in eelgrass meadows
http://padillabay.gov/pdfs/eelgrass.pdf (PDF, 1.3 Mb)
Monitoring Estuarine Water Quality
Changes in water quality conditions have a big impact on organisms living in estuaries. This Web site features five activities at different levels to help you learn about monitoring water quality and the impact that water quality it has on the yearly migration of Atlantic sturgeon in and out of estuaries.
Features: Hands-on Investigation, Lesson Ideas, Assessment, Data Sources, Inquiry Materials, Online Interactivity
Mangrove forests are unique habitats found in estuaries. Discover how these trees have adapted to survive.
Adaptations of Blue Crabs
Blue crabs live in estuaries along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. They are mobile predators whose salinity requirements change at different stages in their lives. Find out more about this unique creature.
Features: Graphics/Multimedia, Interactivity
Blue Crabs in the Chesapeake
This activity uses blue crab data from 13 of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science's trawl stations. Students will determine which areas of the Chesapeake Bay are being used by blue crabs during different life stages.
Features: Hands-on Investigation, Graphics/Multimedia, Assessment, Data Sources
Horseshoe Crabs: A Living Fossil
This Web site presents comprehensive information on horseshoe crabs, ranging from their anatomy and life history, to medical uses, and conservation.
Features: Graphics/Multimedia, A Bit of History