Google Earth Tours

Google Earth ToursAs a part of our collaboration with Encyclopedia of Life and a Google Outreach Developer Grant we received in 2011, APM has produced four Google Earth presentations for our series One Species At A Time: Stories of Bio-Diversity on the Move.

These tours tour were created by Eduardo Garcia-Milagros, in collaboration with Atlantic Public Media, Randy Kochevar and Andre Boustany, and narrated by One Species at a Time host, Ari Daniel Shapiro. Enjoy them now on YouTube, or get the full interactive experience using the FREE Google Earth software.

Monarch Butterflies Migration
YouTube | Google Earth (.kmz file)
Every year monarch butterflies begin a journey north from their wintering grounds in Mexican forests. Join in and experience this epic migration which spans generations and most of a continent.

Arctic Terns
YouTube | Google Earth (.kmz file)
In this tour, Carsten Egevang, a researcher at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, talks about the migratory odyssey of the Arctic tern. These terns fly from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back every year. During its lifetime, the tiny bird flies the equivalent of three round trips between the Earth and the Moon.

Sea Grapes
YouTube | Google Earth (.kmz file)
An invasive alga in the Mediterranean Sea that originated in Australia. It probably came over in the ballast waters of a ship, and it’s become one of the most aggressive invaders ever seen in the Mediterranean region. Juan Manuel Ruiz Fernández, a biologist with the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, tells us this story.

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna
YouTube | Google Earth (.kmz file)
What is it like to be eyeball to eyeball with a fish the size of a Volkswagen? Learn about the process of tagging tuna and how those tags are revealing surprises that might help save tuna from their own popularity in sushi restaurants.