Teachers, Nature Lovers, Biologists, Conservationist. There is no substitute
for the experience of seeing marvels of nature up close and in their
natural settings. So when you can't get out and about to visit those
places, or to frequent the parks, zoos, and aviaries, check out "the
Bird Zoo" This site provides information on where birds live, on
the world's ecological biomes. It will touch upon conservation issues
within habitats. The arrangement of pages is biogeographical, species
are grouped by the habitat or the biome they live in. Additional focus
pages and interactive pages are included, such as the Hawk-Heads
section of macro photos, and general country pages. Again, check
back from time to time as new exhibits are opened in The Bird Zoo!
Birds are an ever present part of our world, the
natural world, they've adapted through time to live in virtually all
habitats and environmental conditions. To understand the biology of
birds and what threatens them, allows an understanding of mankind's
actions in the environment, and how it affects the world we depend on.
VIRTUAL ZOO ?
In a virtual zoo of birds,
many of the challenges presented to a physical zoo are absent. The labor
and cost of expeditions, biologists, maintenance and construction, veterinarians,
are gone--and so too, sadly, are the birds. But in a house of ones and
zeroes, of .jpeg image files, mp3 sound files and text, truly the sky
is the limit. The truth is that the inspiration, for this project, as
well as quite a few of the photos found within, have been made in physical
aviaries. So a huge thank you is due to many of the unsung heroes in
the real aviaries around the world. Other photos have been made in the
wild "in situ". This is a line that can be as easily crossed
as walking from one building to the next. This will hopefully keep your
monitor and mouse active, and you linked to those things wild.
We are cohabitants of the earth with the
rest of God's creatures. Basic human needs are food, clothing, and shelter.
Wild birds, possessing of their defining feathers, also need food, and
shelter. These are provided for by the habitat in which an organism
exists. To state the obvious, all of the world's 8600 or so birds species
are not found within one type of habitat, or region. Many species of
birds are highly specialized. They've adapted over thousands of years
to the type of forest, dessert, wetland, or tundra, in which they themselves
are now an integral part. The qualities of a habitat and the type of
environment an organism lives in are determined by many factors. Some
abiotic (non-living) factors that have been used to categorize types
of habitat, are rainfall and temperature. Little or no rain, will result
in deserts, a little more precipitation will result in grasslands, over
a hundred inches a year for thousands of years will produce rainforest.
Visit the representative BIOMES
and habitats found within "The Bird Zoo". Try some of the
links to get a start on learning more about the species, about the issues
they face in your physical world.
This zoo is at your fingertips, and free
to visit. The text, images, sounds and other files are however the copyrighted
property of David Ross unless otherwise credited. Please do not re-post
these files on the web. Permission for a variety of uses may be available
by contacting the WEBMASTER.
to this site: If you want to share your photos in "The Bird Zoo"
drop me a line. Share a piece of information about the creature, at
least a few of the thousand words that each is worth.