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Teacher Information!. Necessary materials: PowerPoint Guide. Endangered Species. Fish and Wildlife Resources. Teacher-Led Activity — Endangered Species. Give students a few minutes to list endangered/threatened/extinct species in North America and/or Idaho Ask students:

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Teacher Information!

  • Necessary materials:

    • PowerPoint Guide


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Endangered Species

Fish and Wildlife Resources


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Teacher-Led Activity—Endangered Species

  • Give students a few minutes to list endangered/threatened/extinct species in North America and/or Idaho

  • Ask students:

    • Are most of these species fish, reptiles, birds or mammals? How about plants?

    • What kinds of species seem to get the most attention? Why might that be?


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Students will be able to…

  • Define wildlife and related terms

  • Discuss various endangered species


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What is Wildlife?


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What is wildlife?

  • Endangered Species Act (1966): Any member of the Animal Kingdom.

  • Generally, “wildlife” includes mammals, birds, and fish.

  • Is wildlife a renewable resource?


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What are the differences between extinct, endangered, and threatened species of wildlife?

  • Passenger pigeon—extinct in 1914

  • Carolina parakeet—extinct in 1918

  • Extinction—Complete disappearance of a species from earth.


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What are the differences between extinct, endangered, and threatened species of wildlife?

  • Functionally extinct

    • Very few breeding pairs

    • population cannot sustain itself

    • South China tiger— < 20 individuals in wild

    • Ivory-billed woodpecker??


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What are the differences between extinct, endangered, and threatened species of wildlife?

  • Sockeye salmon—endangered in ID, threatened in WA

  • Endangered

    • A species with very few individuals

    • May soon go extinct


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What are the differences between extinct, endangered, and threatened species of wildlife?

  • Canada lynx—threatened

  • Threatened

    • A species abundant in most of its natural range

    • With declining numbers it may be vulnerable to extinction


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What are delisted species of wildlife?

  • Bald eagle—delisted in 2007, threatened in some areas

  • Gray wolf—delisted in 2009, threatened in MN

  • Delisted—removal from the Endangered Species List

    • Different populations of a species can have different statuses


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Review

  • Can you define wildlife?

  • Please explain differences between extinct, threatened, and endangered species of wildlife.

  • Can you discuss various endangered species?


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Homework: What is the ESA?

  • Read “The Endangered Species Act—Protecting Marine Resources” factsheet

  • Answer the following questions

  • What is the purpose of the ESA?

  • How many species are listed under the ESA?

  • What is a “take?”

  • Who enforces the ESA?

  • What is a “sentinel” species?


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Image Sources

  • www.mi.nrcs.usda.gov/indian.html

  • www.outback-australia-travel-secrets.com/australian-wildlife.html

  • http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/07twilightzone/logs/may23/media/sponges_galore.html

  • www.michiganfilmoffice.org/Experience-Michigan/About-Michigan/Default.aspx

  • www.proteinpower.com/drmd_blog/?p=255


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