Wildlife Conservation Unit 2 Back
Living Wild in an Ecosystem (4H4520)
Age Level 11 and Older. Intermediate
Wildlife Conservation II sneaks through wildlife habitat, how size and shape of habitat patches affect various wildlife species, what makes wildlife number go up or down, and how wildlife survives within natural communities and ecosystems. You can do it! You have a wild heart! And if you don't, you'll have fun anyway. As in other manuals in this series, there are several projects that you can do to learn about wildlife and to become involved in helping give wildlife a lift.
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Special school standards note to educators:
Welcome to Wildlife Conservation! We hope you find this curriculum to be a dynamic asset to your classroom. You may notice that in this particular series, the school standards are all listed together in the back of the book. In many Nebraska 4-H publications, we list a small set of specific standards in each lesson. The reason for this difference is actually really exciting! Each Wildlife manual is organized with background content at the front and activities or “fair exhibits” at the end. It is very important for youth to integrate all of the background content, plus their own research, into each activity. When youth complete the readings, do field or library research on their own, and then design an exhibit as a comprehensive learning experience or “lesson plan”, they are literally touching on almost every standard listed in the back of the book! How often do you have the potential to incorporate 75 different state and national standards into a learning experience?
Comments From The Author
Using Wildlife Conservation II in Different Geographic Locations
The manuals generally are applicable broadly although the examples are generally planned to encompass Nebraska and the Great Plains; many species occur broadly but some (e.g., pheasants, pocket gophers, grasshopper sparrows) don’t occur in all states.
The second manual covers basic habitat concepts, ecosystems, populations, biological diversity, and related topics; which are all applicable throughout the U.S.
The introductory Kondor section is based on my experiences in a number of places, including Ohio, New York, Tennessee, Maryland, and Nebraska.
I see no reason why these manuals couldn’t be used throughout the U.S. The conservation concepts and life skills are generally universal. And, with Internet web pages available for state wildlife agencies, leaders would have an easy route to link manual concepts and principals to what is happening locally.