Allan Morrison talks about the steps involved in assessing the bio-health and biodiversity of an area by doing comparative surveys. (3:53 min)
Download the Biodiversity Assessments Video transcript (PDF, 48 KB)
Backyard Explorer Leader's Guide (PDF, 1.9 MB)
This guide provides teachers with an outline on how to construct biodiversity assessments of sites in the school area. A case study example is used to help guide the process. There are also detailed guides on constructing pitfall traps as well as handy tips for identification of insects to order level.
Backyard Explorer User's Guide (PDF, 2 MB)
In this ecological study, you will find out what native animals and habitats are found in your schoolyard, and make a digital story about them. Associated resources can be found on the Learning Place as the virtual field trip room Wild Backyards.
Data Collation User Manual (PDF, 2.08 MB)
This manual guides the user to setup and enter data on the data collation tool spreadsheet. The manual includes screen shots and explanatory notes on how each data sheet is used. There is a troubleshooting guide for each sheet.
Data Collation Sheet (XLS, 1.1 MB)
This data spreadsheet tool can be used to collate data from a collection event. You can enter and record location data, abiotic conditions and population counts of invertebrate orders.
Data Collation Sheet (Sample) (XLS, 1.7 MB)
This data spreadsheet tool can be used to collate data from a collection event. This a sheet with some sample data entered to a give an overview of how it can be used.