Show Your Stuff
You can pick one of the following activities to show what you have learned in your investigation.
- Write a management plan for the protection and restoration for one of your state's endangered animals. Would you set up a reserve? Where? How would you manage it? What human activities would you still allow on the reserve? (logging, hunting, fishing, livestock grazing, hiking, mountain biking, scientific research)
- Investigate the illegal trade in endangered animals and animal parts. Include the pet trade, jewelry, clothing, medicines, museum exhibits and other categories you can think of. Are existing laws regulating wildlife trade successfully enforced? What would you do to change things?
- Investigate "animal damage control" programs in the U.S. People often want to kill or remove animal species they feel will eat their crops or kill their pets or livestock. The Government is now trying to return the grey wolf to Yellowstone Park after it was virtually eliminated in the name of predator control. Help make sense out of these opposing programs.
- Support recovery movements by finding ways that citizens can help in the recovery process of a local endangered species. Type up your ideas and plans and try to have them published in your local newspaper.
- Write and illustrate a children's story book about an endangered species. Show some of the things you have learned and what can be done to help save these animals from extinction.
- Produce a music video that captures the concepts and problems of saving rare and endangered species. Include screens with both words and pictures.
- Investigate the role of genetic research and technology in saving endangered species. Show how these techniques can be used to help protect and restore an endangered species. Site examples which have been successful. Which of the endangered animals in your state might benefit from these techniques? What other things would you do to help restore species in your assigned state?
- Produce and present a multimedia presentation on what you have learned about endangered animals in your state. You might aim your presentation at the state governor or wildlife officials, Focus your presentation on things you would do to protect and restore endangered species to non-threatened population levels and conditions.
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