Wildlife Conservation Unit 3 Back
Managing in a World with You and Me (4H4530)
Wildlife Conservation III ties concepts form all three manuals in the series together. It deals with the interface between people and wildlife, including why and how we manage wildlife and the agencies responsible. Threatened and endangered species, hunting, wildlife damage management, invasive species, and related topics are included.
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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 III 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 third manual section that points out the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission as our state wildlife agency is probably not applicable specifically, but even with that, the concept of a state agency that manages wildlife is applicable broadly. Here are more specific thoughts :
The third manual covers points related to wildlife management, wildlife damage management, threatened and endangered species, and topics related to human aspects of wildlife conservation. These concepts are applicable throughout the U.S. Because the third manual includes mention of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the UNL, School of Natural Resources (for youth interested in careers), other states using the third manual could just point that their state also has a state agency and perhaps a university program that deals with wildlife conservation. In fact, a neat project for youth would be to find their own state agency on the Internet and compare it to ours in Nebraska. They could also learn by doing the same with university wildlife programs in their own state or nearby states.
The introductory Kondor sections are 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.