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 (PDF, 1.3 Mb)

Features: Graphics/Multimedia

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

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

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