Biodiversity Identification Sheets: A fun way to learn what is out there!
Sometimes it is easier to identify animals and plants if you can see a lot of images at once instead of looking through a book. These double-sided, 11 X 17 inch, laminated sheets allow the viewer to scan through 53 colourful images in a flash. We have field tested most of these on all ages, from preschool to retirees, with great results - everyone loves them! Some are organised to cover specific habitats and some concentrate on specific groups of organisms. The sheets also make great placemats; one of our volunteers has a 2.5-year-old grandson who can identify all of the insects on the goldenrod sheet and he learned them all while eating at grandpa and grandma's house! We are also working on activity sheets that will help you learn about each group. Click here to see what we have so far.
There are 25 different sheets and they are $5 each. These prices already include the tax. You can purchase them at The Arboretum Centre Monday- Friday during business hours or buy online and have them shipped to you. A shipping fee does apply. To have them shipped please place your order here:
Here are each side of the sheets. A big thank you to the photographers that donated shots for this project! Please note that the Native Tree Leaves sheet also comes in a trilingual English-French-Anishinaabemowin version. If this sheet becomes popular, we may add more trilingual sheets in the future.
Ferns (forest frond frenzy)
Dragonflies (anything that eats mosquitoes needs to be noticed!)
Butterflies (gorgeous and graceful)
Moths (nocturnal vistors to your porch lights)
Reptiles and Amphibians (marvelous and magnificent)
Fungi (check out the beauty in these small organisms!)
Lichens and Tree Bark (explore the realm of a tree trunk)
Backyard Birds (a summer side and a winter side - great for seeing what is coming to the bird feeder!)
Sky and Space (look up...way up!)
Goldenrod Life (great resource for exploring a field of goldenrod in the fall)
Mammals (mammals on one side, tracks on the other)
Pond Life (vernal pools on one side, permanent ponds on the other)
Spring Woodland Wildflowers (colourful on one side, white on the other)
Tree Leaves (see the variety of shapes and edges) - in an English-only version or an English-French-Anishinaabemowin version. We have some activity sheets that work this sheet; if you are interested, click here.
Animal Signs and Winter Seedheads (be an animal sleuth and a winter botanist!)
Indoor Wildlife (what can you find in your own home?)
Warblers and Sparrows (everyone's favourites on one side and those LBJ's - little brown jobs - on the other!)
Hawks and Owls (for your raptorial pleasure)
Ducks and Wetland Birds (bird guide when it gets wet)
Spring Migrants (it's their thing to return in the spring)
Caterpillars (a fuzzy/spiky/hairy side and a smooth side)
Summer Field Wildflowers (what is attracting all those pollinators?)
Spiders (Miss Muffet's favourite)
Beetles (the most biodiverse group of species in the world!)
Native Tree Fruits and Seeds (how our woody plants disperse themselves)