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Outdoor Ornithology lessonINTRODUCTION

Eurasian Association of Youth Environmental Groups "Ecosystem" (Association "Ecosystem") is all-Russian non-profit association of youth environmental organizations. Our mission is ecological education of school students and teachers of Moscow, Russian Federation and former USSR republics.

Association "Ecosystem" was founded in 1994 by a group of young biologists and educators, the former participants of the biological school group of the state Darwin Museum in Moscow. They had been filled with the ideas of the young naturalist movement and had worked out an unique experience of the traditional Russian ecology field education.

The main activity of "Ecosystem" is an introduction of outdoor ideology and approach into the environmental education system, emphasizing children's involvement with concrete research work and nature conservation through different types of outdoor activities.

Nowadays "Ecosystem" is an instructive-methodical center for the environmental education of school-children. It is oriented to work with Moscow city schools, institutions of the additional education and public environmental organizations all over the Russia that teach children ecology in natural settings. Details.


Outdoor activities: sample collection in the streamOur Teaching Philosophy

Our basic training principle is ecological education in the field, in other words, education in the environment, during nature walks and field trips, in expeditions and field camps. Following our teaching philosophy, all the classes are held maximally close to nature.

Teaching young ecologists and their leaders concrete ways of research and nature conservation in natural conditions is the essence and basis of all "Ecosystem" events. Our published manuals, videos and identification guides, field lessons and practices, conferences, seminars, and teaching courses are directed to mastering up-to-date approaches in field ecology and the ways of the environment research by the participants of the Russian environment and young naturalist movement.

We don't teach to play ecology and "to ecologize one's soul". We teach to take a zooplankton samples, to measure the pollution, to describe vegetation, to count birds and mammals and how to do these with children. In this case "one's soul ecologizes itself". Hydrobiology field lesson

We consider adopting and spreading such an approach in education throughout the country to be the most important our mission for the future.

We would like to see every child in Russia to be able to contact with and "research" real wild nature at least once or twice during his/her school years. And that is why we organize outdoor practical work for Moscow schools. We take schoolchildren of the city public schools to outdoor field practices for 3-4 days of their school-time. We aim at revealing before urban children the main objective of natural ecosystems' dynamics and functioning in different seasons. We feel that introduction of outdoor research practices into school education is necessary, because the information contained in the school textbooks is insufficient. Moreover, we believe that it is impossible to teach biology, geography and ecology remote from the living nature.

What is the essence and importance of the "naturalistic" approach and why it is useful for schools? It's quite evident: nobody can think in environmental way without understanding precisely what we call "Nature", and also what Nature is, what it consists of, how it feels and what it needs.

The "Ecosystem's" work and its form of the environmental education puts ideology of young naturalist movement into practice! Woods, wild nature and environmental education cannot be divided. Every reasonable person (not only an ecologist) must know something (have at least a short contact) about the uncontrollable world living according to its own rules, known as Nature.


Materials may be useful for foreign visitors

Our Mobile Applications: Identification Field Guides. In 2020-2021 we published several Field Identification Guides for Nature lovers and professionals:

Ecosystem educational mobile applications and field guides: download from Google Play / Play Market           Ecosystem educational mobile applications and field guides: download from Apple AppStore / iTunes

Educational Applications:

Mobile educational application Ecological Field Studies Techniques: Investigating Nature with Kids Ecological Field Studies Techniques: Investigating Nature with Kids     Download Ecological Field Studies Techniques: Investigating Nature with Kids from Google Play / Play Market Download Ecological Field Studies Techniques: Investigating Nature with Kids from AppStore / iTunes
40 environmental study lessons and instructional videos how to conduct nature study research with kids and secondary school students on five main subjects: geography, botany, zoology, water ecology and environmental monitoring

Mobile Field Identification Guides:

Birds of North America: Songs and Calls Decoys for Android and iOS smartphones - see the full description Birds of North America: Songs and Calls Decoys     Download Birds of North America: Songs and Calls Decoys from Google Play / Play Market Download Birds of North America: Songs and Calls Decoys from AppStore / iTunes
Voices of 227 North American birds Ц male songs, male and female calls, alarm and aggression calls, begging and juvenile calls and many other types of sounds.

Mobile field guide Birds of Europe for Android and iOS smartphones - see the full description Birds of Europe PRO: Field Identification Guide     Download Birds of Europe PRO: Field Identification Guide from Google Play / Play Market Download Birds of Europe PRO: Field Identification Guide from AppStore / iTunes
Professional identification guide for 515 bird species inhabiting Europe - from the Atlantic Ocean to the Urals, and from the Arctic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.

European Bird Sounds PRO: Songs, Calls and Voices for Android and iOS smartphones - see the full description European Bird Sounds PRO: Songs, Calls and Voices     Download European Bird Sounds PRO: Songs, Calls and Voices from Google Play / Play Market Download European Birds Sounds PRO: Songs, Calls and Voices from AppStore / iTunes
Professional sound collection for 515 bird species inhabiting Europe - from the Atlantic Ocean to the Urals, and from the Arctic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.

European Bird Sound Decoys: Songs, Calls, Voices for Android and iOS smartphones - see the full description European Bird Sound Decoys: Songs, Calls, Voices     Download European Bird Sounds PRO: Songs, Calls and Voices from Google Play / Play Market Download European Bird Sound Decoys: Songs, Calls, Voices from AppStore / iTunes
Voices of 209 European birds Ц male songs, male and female calls, alarm and aggression calls, begging and juvenile calls and many other types of sounds

Mobile field guide Birds of Russia for Android smartphones - see the full description Birds of Russia PRO: Field Identification Guide     Download Birds of Russia PRO: Field Identification Guide from Google Play / Play Market
Professional identification guide for 680 bird species inhabiting Northern Eurasia - from Eastern Europe to the Russian Far East (Pacific Ocean) and from Arctic Ocean to China.

Mobile field guide Birds of Russia Songs, Calls and Voices for Android smartphones - see the full description Birds of Russia Sounds PRO: Songs, Calls and Voices     Download Birds of Russia Sounds PRO: Songs, Calls and Voices from Google Play / Play Market
Professional sound collection for 680 bird species inhabiting Northern Eurasia - from Eastern Europe to the Russian Far East (Pacific Ocean) and from Arctic Ocean to China.

Download Ecosystem mobile applications from Google Play and AppStore
Ecosystem educational mobile applications and field guides: download from Google Play / Play Market                                                         Ecosystem educational mobile applications and field guides: download from Apple AppStore / iTunes

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Our books about nature investigation with students on Amazon.com:

"Investigating Nature Together" eBooks:

Amazon eBook Investigating Nature Together. Part 1: Autumn Amazon eBook Investigating Nature Together. Part 2: Winter Amazon eBook Investigating Nature Together. Part 3: Spring Amazon eBook Investigating Nature Together. Part 4: Summer

and Paperback: Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer

and

"Field Studies Techniques" eBooks:

Amazon eBook Field Studies Techniques. Part 1: Geography and Landscape sciences Amazon eBook Field Studies Techniques. Part 2: Botany Amazon eBook Field Studies Techniques. Part 3: Zoology Amazon eBook Field Studies Techniques. Part 4: Hydrobiology and Water Ecology Amazon eBook Field Studies Techniques. Part 5: Bioindication and Nature Monitoring

and Paperback: Geography, Botany, Zoology, Hydrobiology, Bioindication

Ecological Field Studies. Since 1996 different resource materials on outdoor ecology have been published for school-teachers and teachers of the additional education: forty instructive-methodical manuals (in Russian), instructive Ecological Field Techniques Materials (in English) - 40 videos and 40 manuals explaining how to arrange scientific-research work with children in nature, computer-based multimedia identification guides (trees in winter and summer, wild flowers, insects and birds), printed color identification tables for plants and animals of Russia (in Russian), and so on (see list of publications).

Orienteering in the Forest Simple Eye Survey of the Field Study Site Procedure of the Geological Exposure Description Studying Minerals and Rocks in Your Area Plotting a Profile of a River Valley Slope Simple Procedure of Soil Description Study of Snow Cover Profile Integrated Study Based on Landscape Profile Study of Species Composition and Number of Fungi Making a Herbarium The Study of Plants in Your Local Environment Mapping Forest Vegetation Study of the Vertical Structure of a Forest Green Plants Under Snow Study of the Ecology of Early Flowering Plants Phenology of Plant Florescence Assessment of the Vital State of Coniferous Underbrush Study of Growth Dynamics of Trees Based on Annual Ring Study of Forest Invertebrates (Part I: Forest Litter, Wood) Study of Forest Invertebrates (Part 2: Grass Layer, Tree Crowns and Air) Studies of Species Composition and Abundance of Amphibians Let's Help Birds! Study of Species Composition and Census of Birds Using the Line Transect-counting Method Studies of Bird Populations Size by Different Methods Studies of the Day Activity of Singing Birds Study of Birds Nesting Life Methods of Observation of a Chickadee Flock's Territorial Behavior Procedure of Winter Mammals Route Census by Footprints Study of Mammal Ecology According to Their Tracks Complex Comparative Description of Small Rivers and Streams Physical and Chemical Properties of Natural Waters The Study of Water Invertebrates in a Local River and Assessment of Its Environmental State Study of Plankton Study of Fauna of Spring Temporary Water Bodies Assessment of Air Pollution by Lichen Indication Method Assessment of the Vital State of a Forest Based on Pine-tree Analysis Assessment of Ecological Features of Meadows on the Base of Vegetation Cover Assessment of Environmental State of the Forest Based on Leaves Asymmetry Complex Environmental Assessment of Human Impact on an Area Making a Campfire

Ecological Field Studies Techniques Video 4CD Set:

It is possible to purchase the complete set of 40 seasonal Ecological Field Studies Techniques Video (in mpg format) in an attractive 4 compact disk set. These compact disks are compatible with Mac and PC computers. The videos are suitable for individual student or whole class instruction. To purchase the complete 4CD set write to ecosystema1994@yandex.ru in a free form.

Purchase the Ecological Field Studies Techniques Video 4CD Set

Ecological Field Studies Demo Disk:

We also have a free and interesting demonstration disk that explains our ecological field studies approach. The demo disk has short excerpts from all the seasonal field study videos as well as sample text from all the teacher manuals. The disk has an entertaining automatic walk through which describes the field study approach and explains how field studies meet education standards.

You can also download the Demo Disc from ecosystema.ru/eng/eftm/CD_Demo.iso. This is a virtual hybrid (for PC and Mac computers) CD-ROM image (one 563 Mb file "CD_Demo.iso"). You can write this image to the CD and use it in your computer in ordinary way. You also can use emulator software of virtual CD-ROM drive to play the disk directly from your hard disk.

Ecological Field Studies Demo Disk

First in Russia we developed a Resource Book for Environmental Education for children (in Russian).

Among the instructive events from 1995 since this time we can mention 45 conferences, seminars, courses for educators, over 60 field camps for young ecologists from all over the Russia, and hundreds of 2-4 days field practices for Moscow school-students. All these practical events since 1995 we are arranging at our own field biological forest station - Ecosystem Center for Field Studies.

In 2007 we are going to publish a book "The Field Studies Practices for school students of 5th - 10th grades" that will include a set of videos that summarizes the "Ecosystem's" experience in teaching outdoor environment practices for Moscow schoolchildren.


In 2006 we opened two new sections of our site, that can be useful for foreign visitors.

First is Russian Nature in Photographs NEW !!! (there is a full English version of this section). This is a joint project of two Russian environmental organizations - Field Ecology Center "ECOSYSTEM" and independent group of Russian professional biologists called RUSBIOPHOTO group. The main aim of both our organizations is to provide biologists, geographers, school teachers and all nature-lovers by scientifically reliable information about nature objects of Russian Federation and all former USSR territories.

Browsing this section of our site you will find a few thousand images of different nature objects - beginning with lichens and fungi and finishing by mammals and landscapes.

Some samples from the section Russian nature in photographs. See also: Gallery.

You are able to find necessary pictures using four different approach:
with a help of Geographic Index (all objects are separated by countries and nature geographical zones),
with a help of Systematic Index (all objects are separated by their systematic position),
with a help of Alphabetical Index (all objects are separated by their scientific Latin names according to the alphabet),
with a help of standard Search Form (you can search scientific (Latin) names of species, genus, family, or order).

All pictures have small preview and middle-sized image for free download. If you want to use image for professional (commercial) use there is a possibility to communicate with authors for buying the picture. We also want to keep your attention that this collection was made by professional biologists and geographers (as against of hundreds of other similar sites) - all objects from our collection are determined by scientist and have exact scientific name, date and place of taking picture, as well as a size of the original image.

Another useful section of our site is World Nature in Photographs. This section contains images of natural landscapes and some plants and animals, taken in different countries and continents:

Russia (from West to East): West Baltic (Kurshskaya Kosa), Leningrad Region, Moscow Region (Central Russia), Western Caucasus Mountains (Sochi), Northern Caucasus Mountains (Elbruz), Northern Ossetia (Northern Caucasus), Middle Volga (Taiga zone), Middle Volga (Steppe zone), Astrakhan Reserve (Volga delta), Pre-Polar Urals (Yugyd-Va National Park), Middle Urals (Chusovaya river), Ob-river valley (Center of Western Siberia), Taz peninsula (North of Western Siberia), Altai Region (Steppe and Altai foothills), Altai Mountains (Altai-Sayan Mountain Ecoregion), Sayan Mountains (Southern Siberia), Minusinsk basin (Southern Siberia), Lake Baikal (South of Central Siberia), Sihote-Alin Mountains (South of the Far East), Kuril Islands, Kamchatka Peninsula ( volcanoes, mountains, water bodies, vegetation, wildlife);
Former USSR States: Carphatians (Western Ukraine), Western Caucasus (Abkhazia), Georgia (Central Caucasus Mountains), Northern Tien-Shan: Issyk-Kul Lake and Zailiysky Alatau, Western Tien-Shan Mountains (Kirgizstan), Tadjikstan (Pamir Mountains);
Europe (from North to South): Norway, Finland, UK: England and Scotland, UK: Wales, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Italy (Dolomites Alps), Northern and Central France, Southern France, Andorra, Spain and Portugal, Italy (Apennine Peninsula), Croatia, Western Bulgaria (Mountains), Eastern Bulgaria (Black Sea), Northern Greece, Kos Island (Greece), Rhodes Island (Greece), Crete Island (Greece), Cyprus;
Asia: Central Turkey (Taurus), Southern Turkey (Kemer, Antalya), Middle East (Syria, Lebanon and Israel), United Arab Emarates, India (Himalayas), Sri Lanka, North-East of China (Peking), Laos, South-Western Thailand, South-Eastern Thailand, Indonesia (Bali Island);
North America: USA East coast (Eastern states), Alaska, Rocky Mountains (USA, Montana), Yellowstone National Park, Utah and Nevada mountains, South-West steppe and deserts (Arizona and Texas);
Central America: Mexico, Cuba (Caribbean), Guatemala and Honduras, Costa Rica;
South America: Venezuela (Orinoco River and Guiana Highlands), Central Andes and Amazonian Lowland (Peru), Precordillera (Argentina), Brazilian Highlands (Brazilian Plateau), Patagonia (Argentina), Land of Fire (Tierra del Fuego) Archipelago;
Africa: Tunis (Tunisia), Egypt, Tenerife Island (Canaries Archipelago) Kenya and Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Namibia, Swaziland, South African Republic;
Australia and New Zealand: North Australia (Darwin), Australia Northern Territory, South-Eastern Australia (Sydney, New South Wales), South Australia (Melburn, Victoria), New Zealand: North Island, New Zealand: South Island;
Antarctic: Antarctic Peninsula.

These pictures are not so professional as in previous section, but may be useful for those who want to illustrate their scientific or educational articles and reports, as well as student reports and papers. All images are 1024 x 798 pixels and can be downloaded from the site for free. This section has English version - all pictures have English names and explanations.

Another, additional section of our site that may also be useful for foreign visitors is Russian Plants and Animals. This section is only in Russian, but it includes about 700 images (scanned from originals - real nature objects) of our native plants (trees and shrubs, wild flowers) in different seasons, as well as drawings of water invertebrates, insects and birds. Each object has scientific Latin name, so you can find necessary image using search form.


Our Field Ecology Center published more than 180 methodical materials for nature studies. Some of them are in English:
Mobile educational application: Ecological Field Studies Techniques on Play.Google Mobile field guide Birds of North America: Songs and Calls Decoys on Play.Google WILD FLOWERS OF RUSSIA Field Identification Guide on Play.Google Mobile field guide Birds of Russia on Play.Google Mobile field guide Birds of Russia Songs, Calls and Voices on Play.Google Mobile field guide Birds of Europe Songs, Calls and Voices on Play.Google Mobile field guide Birds of Europe Songs, Calls and Voices on Play.Google
Mobile Educational Apps and Field Identification Guides for Russian, European and American Birds
Applications for Android and iOS are available at GooglePlay and AppStore

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