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By Brittany Shoots-Reinhard
FBB staff have been hard at work compiling resources that will help your entire family learn more about our fourth-quarter beneficiaries. We have found online games, books, and even put together kids' activity sheets. Children can learn more about the natural world, geography, and environmental issues as well as understand the importance of charity as a value. You can find resources to learn more about Bat Conservation International, Apopo, and Water Ecuador below.
Bat Conservation International
Apopo founder Bart Weetjens talks about the founding of Apopo in this TED talk. The Apopo website has accessible information about why they use rats and videos showing a day in the life of a HeroRAT detecting landmines and tuberculosis. For younger children, National Geographic Kids: Amazing Animal Heroes describes Apopo’s HeroRATs and two additional stories.
Apopo uses clicker training, which is an effective means of training pets, too. You can find out how to clicker train your pet on the ASPCA website.
University of Michigan’s Museum of Diversity runs an amazing website called Animal Diversity Web. They have information about a variety of animals, including giant pouched rats, like the ones used by Apopo, and many, many species of bats. For younger children, Bats and Rats is a phonics book comparing bats and rats—they’re both nocturnal mammals, but have many differences, too.
National Geographic has a variety of resources about freshwater conservation, including a kid-friendly water calculator, an interactive guide to freshwater, information about hidden water use in consumer goods, and water conservation tips.
Water Ecuador focuses on clean water, rather than lack of fresh water. There are tons of microorganisms in drinking water, some harmless and some harmful. Children can explore the amazing life forms hidden in a simple drop of unfiltered water by watching the video referenced in this article or collecting their own sample. They can then try to identify the microorganisms using this guide.
It’s important to help protect our own domestic watersheds to ensure our own supply of freshwater. EPA’s Adopt Your Watershed program lets you find your local watershed and find ways to help.