Suggested Student Investigations
Here are some suggested activities to do as further investigations related to this topic.
Investigate the Endangered Species Act or laws affecting endangered species and their habitats in your state. Are they working? What changes would you suggest?
- Develop rules or a "code of ethics" for recreational activities that can injure or bother wildlife.
- Investigate various ways humans manipulate water supplies (rivers, lakes, recreational use, agriculture, building dams, wetland destruction, aquifer depletion) and how these affect endangered species.
- Research how agriculture affects endangered species. (pesticides, monoculture use of land, effects on natural food sources and animal homes)
- Research what animals and plants exist in the ecosystem of an endangered species in your state. Draw and label a diagram showing the types of dependent relationships that exist in this animals environment.
- Research population statistics for some of the endangered species in your state. Make graphs which help show a species decline on paper or by using a computer spread sheet program.
- Take a class field trip or visit on your own a nature reserve. Find out about what animals and plants are found there. What is being done in this area to help protect and restore the endangered animals found there?
- Find out about possible career opportunities in the areas of animal and environmental conservation. What government or private agencies exist -- and what are the educational requirements to work for them.
- Investigate pesticides and other pollutants (DDT and Bald Eagles, effects on reproduction, egg shells, balance with agriculture)
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