When you have gone somewhere on vacation,
what kinds of things have you
Be sure to submit the online sign-off each day.
We've all heard of endangered
species; now learn how illegal wildlife trade is impacting
the survival of some species.
"Today, nearly a third of the
world's wildlife is in danger of extinction, and a major
cause, second only to habitat loss, is the
smuggling trade. Profit margins are high and the risk of
getting caught is low--giving animal poachers plenty of room
to move. Many of these animals being taken from the wild are
now worth more dead than alive. And to collectors, often the
more endangered a species is, the more valuable it is on the
black market." The illegal trade in endangered species is
to be worth more than $5 billion per year in the U.S.
Check out these
Confiscated Wildlife Products
- Steve Hillebrand, USFWS
"Cargo for Conservation"
(previously, "Suitcase for Survival") is a program of the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service. "It is designed to expedite the
donation of a representative sampling of wildlife parts and
products from the Lab's warehouse directly to the classroom.
Shipments are made in zebra-striped boxes and include
approximately 20 - 25 different items; such things as:
elephant ivory (both raw and carved), reptile skins and
products, sea turtle shell products, corals and sea shells
and a variety of miscellaneous consumer products
manufactured from animal parts." Requests are accepted on a
first-come, first-served basis. They say they have a long
waiting list (see Ideas for Using
"Cargo for Conservation").
Today, with the growing awareness
of the role that science plays in our society,
decision-making requires more information than ever before.
This project uses principles of science to examine issues
related to wildlife trade. Students work in small groups
(2-3) on projects which give them the opportunity to
understand the impact of illegal wildlife trade on
endangered species, collect data from remote sources, and
process that data to arrive at conceptual models of how
decisions that students make impact on endangered species.
Since the Internet, particularly the World Wide Web,
provides up-to-the-minute information about our world, it is
only natural that this resource be effectively utilized,
hence the design of this project.
This home page is intended to
serve as a starting
point for your exploration of biodiversity. In effect,
this is "command central" for the project. Your
assignments, in-class exercises,
and in some cases, your project reports, will be found
through links from this springboard. You will also find
forums (environmental groups, newsgroups, and listservs) for
the exchange of information on a variety of perspectives
regarding ways people use and value wildlife.
To learn more about how to make
the most of your communications on the Internet, I strongly
suggest that you read Arlene Rinaldi's
User Guidelines and Netiquette.
Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois
Engaged Learning Projects sponsored by
Fermi National Accelerator
Fermilab. Funded by the
North Central Regional
Technology in Education Consortium based at the
Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).
Created: July, 1997