Resources

Welcome to our Louisiana Master Naturalists Northwest resources page! Videos, books, maps and more. We shall add useful study resources here over time!

Great Books

A Primer On Reptiles & Amphibians by Louisiana Master Naturalist Micha Petty of Northwest Chapter.

A Primer On Reptiles & Amphibians
A Collection of Educational Nature Bulletins published by Louisiana Exotic Animals Resource Network
• Great information on reptiles and amphibians.
• Information on how to become a rehabilitator
• Information on how to become a herpetologist
• Advice on rescue, care and rehabilitation
• Free pdf for computers and mobiles.
https://www.learnaboutcritters.org/primer/

LMNA Resource Library

• Natural History of Louisiana:  A Selected Bibliography 
Compiled by Bob Thomas, Loyola University New Orleans
Version 4-24-18 includes books and digital sources.

https://www.louisianamasternaturalist.org/resources.html

LMNA Flora and Fauna Links

Some great links relating to Louisiana’s fascinating fauna and flora.

Flora & Fauna – Louisiana Master Naturalist

Maps and mapping

The link below takes you to an interesting selection of maps of Louisiana including historical maps, vegetation map, climatic zone map, topographical map and more!

Louisiana Maps – Louisiana Master Naturalist

The link below takes you to online biodiversity mapping!

This free, open, digital Global Information System provides cutting edge geo-satellite information to assist people with sustainable development world-wide!

•Log-in from anywhere
•Study the world in layers of data that match the Aichi Biodiversity Targets 5, 11, 12, 14 and 15
•Over 100 layers of specific data sets
•Map creation tools
•Create study projects
•Specialist help
https://www.unbiodiversitylab.org/

Citizen Science

iNaturalist

A free and open digital information system for recording observations and identifying them by peer review. (Sensitive information on territorial / endangered species should be obscured to prevent exact GPS location data assisting poachers)
•Use a digital camera or mobile device with camera
•Store your observations to contribute to research
•View others’ observations and follow Naturalists
•Follow your interests and develop new ones
•Create biodiversity observation projects
•Network globally with fellow naturalists

https://www.inaturalist.org/

UN Biodiversity Lab

Digital information technology is revolutionizing our ability to map nature! This free and open digital information system provides cutting edge geo-satellite information to assist indigenous people with sustainable development world-wide!

•Log-in from anywhere
•Study the world in layers of data that match the Aichi Biodiversity Targets 5, 11, 12, 14 & 15
•Over 100 layers of specific data sets
•Map creation tools
•Create study projects
•Specialist help
https://www.unbiodiversitylab.org/

The Sky Is No Longer The Limit!

Zooniverse

You can participate in research of all kinds, free of charge, and you will be helping advance science and the humanities! From classifying galaxies to counting penguins to transcribing manuscripts. Whatever your interest, there’s a Zooniverse project to suit you.

  • Share your skills for science and culture
  • Log in from anywhere
  • Make real discoveries to advance science and the humanities!

https://www.zooniverse.org/

eBird

Do you love birds? eBird could be the tool for you! This huge online database of bird observations provides scientists, researchers and amateur naturalists with real-time data about bird distribution and abundance! It is managed by Cornell University.

  • Find more birds where you are!
  • Explore species and hotspots!
  • Record your sightings as part of a global effort to map bird ranges!
  • Create your own bird lists!

https://ebird.org/home

Stellarium Web Online Star Map (Planetarium)

Stellarium Web online planetarium is developed by Stellarium Labs and Noctua Software Ltd to be easy to use and beautiful. This is an example of a nice astronomy website that shows you views of the night sky in real time as viewed from your location. If your mobile device has GPS it will serve as a star guide in the field.

  •  identify what you see in the night sky
  • view artistic images of constellations
  • see which planets will be visible and at what time
  • If you log in to Noctuasky you can record your observations and share them

https://stellarium-web.org/

Training Courses For Sustainability

Environment Development Courses

Learning For Nature

“The world is facing unprecedented losses in biodiversity, and immense social and economic challenges.”
Be part of the solutions!
The UNDP Gateway to expertise from a global network of biodiversity practitioners and policymakers. Over 100 courses on critically important issues of environment and development, designed to assist sustainable development worldwide. A wide variety of courses geared to achieve Aichi Biodiversity Targets!

• Great selection of courses on environment and development topics.
• Designed for capacity building
• Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
• Self-paced Learning Modules
• Offers tests and certificates for some courses
• Video Webinars
• Private Training Courses
• Opportunities to network globally
• Free subscription
https://www.learningfornature.org/

Nature For Life

A recorded seminar hub with speakers from around the world including political and corporate leaders, the world’s youth, indigenous and community leaders, local authorities and cutting-edge thinkers, leaders and practitioners!

https://www.learningfornature.org/en/nature-for-life-hub/embed/#?secret=qbQKLeMY5B

Research4life

Designed to improve teaching, research
and policymaking in health, agriculture, environment and other life, physical and social sciences in over 120 countries!

•Free online access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content for pre-registered Kenyan NGOs.
•Over 95000 books
•Up to 28,000 journals
•over a hundred additional resources
https://www.research4life.org/

Agora. UNICEF’s global hub for learning.

Agora is a free portal offering tailored learning solutions to UNICEF’s staff, partners and supporting members of the public.

•Expanding selection of courses on child welfare and human rights in support of sustainable development goals.
•Offers career support
•Opportunities to network globally
•Free subscription.
https://agora.unicef.org/

Free Open Courses For Many Subjects

Coursera

• Coursera offers free membership and many free courses on a variety of subjects!
• You only have to pay if you want to support the course provider.
• If you pass and pay money you can receive a certificate for the course that you took.
• There are opportunities to network with other students and provide peer review.

https://coursera.org

EDX

• EdX is a non-profit founded by Harvard and MIT!

• EDX offers free membership

• There are many free courses on a variety of subjects!

• There are Massive Open Online Courses MOOCS

• Upon completion you can receive a certificate if you pay the fee.

https://www.edx.org/course/subject/environmental-studies

EARTH SCHOOL by TED ED

• Engage in 30 Educational Quests!

• Children’s Educational Resources brought to you by UNEP and TED with help from BBC, National Geographic and others.

https://ed.ted.com/earth-school

Our Earth’s Future by The American Museum of Natural History

• Resources for understanding and communicating climate change

• Children’s Educational Resources brought to you by UNEP and TED with help from BBC, National Geographic and others.

https://www.coursera.org/lecture/earth-climate-change/welcome-to-our-earths-future-6U7uT

K-5 Ecology For The Classroom

Mongabay brings you Readers, Articles, and Lessons appropriate for grades K-5 on various stimulating and relevant subjects including the water cycle, photosynthesis, conservation, deforestation, marine ecosystems, rainforest ecology, frog reproduction and many more!

https://education.mongabay.com/

Books on Permaculture

A collection of books as pdfs about living more sustainably

• Great information about working with nature to improve quality of life.
• Information on how to design more efficient and comfortable homes, gardens and lifestyle
• Advice on regenerative resources
• Advice on growing crops in different climates
• Free pdf download for computers and mobiles.

https://www.pdfdrive.com/permaculture-books.html

Image Resources

The Biodiversity Library has a growing selection of wonderful online images and papers
https://about.biodiversitylibrary.org/

LMNA Channel on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIOJHH3c0obfl5Goks2vgYQ

A growing resource library of videos made by Louisiana Master Naturalists. Including:

Dormon Award Winning Naturalists

The Dormon Award is the State’s top prize for outstanding Louisiana Naturalists!

LMNA Presentations

Some really nice educational video content on subjects ranging from Citizen Science to beneficial health impacts of spending time in the outdoors !

Outside In

Nature videos made by Louisiana Master Naturalists

Members Content

Other videos made by Louisiana Master Naturalists

Welcome to the Louisiana Master Naturalist Northwest Website

Thank you for visiting. This site is currently under construction, but we have already listed some of the exciting programs that we’ll be offering this year on our homepage. For newcomers we encourage you to enter our certification program and contribute to the well being and expanding knowledge-base in natural history in Louisiana! If youContinue reading “Welcome to the Louisiana Master Naturalist Northwest Website”

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