Handbook of Engaged Learning Projects

Wildlife Trade: BUYER BEWARE!

References

Summary

Student Pages

Index

Technology Support

Netscape Basics
Here you can find a wealth of helpful information about your Netscape software and how to overcome any problems you might encounter with it.
Finding Information
Finding what you want on the Internet can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Online search tools help you track down whatever it is you're looking for.
Classroom Connect Searching Page
If you or your students are trying to find a particular site, document, or piece of software on the Internet, use one of the comprehensive online search engines listed here.
Citing Internet Resources
"This original document has been newly updated and revised by the staff of Classroom Connect for the 1996/97 school year, and beyond! Just as students cite the books and periodicals they use to support their research, so must they also cite their online sources in their bibliographies. This document will show you how to do it right, from start to finish."

Getting Started

Slide Show
"Endangered Means There's Still Time!"
Endangered Species Program
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
WWF CITES Site
CITES (pronounced "site-ease")--the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species-- is the only global treaty that aims to regulate trade in threatened and endangered species. During the 10th CITES meeting (June 6 to 20, 1997) in Harare, Zimbabwe, WWF's Dana Lauren West filed daily reports to this site.
Student CITES Project
Students to the rescue! Five teams of high school students located in Ft. Lauderdale, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Chicago/Dolton (that's us!!!) and New York City are working on a project to educate consumers about the impact of wildlife trade on endangered and threatened species.
WWF Unveils Fourth 10 "Most Wanted" List
Each year, billions of dollars are swapped for scaled, winged, shelled and deboned species. These species are among the world's "most wanted" plants and animals--10 of the most threatened species in significant demand for international trade.
EE-Link Endangered Species Pages
The EE-Link site provides a variety of useful information relating to endangered species. Included are endangered and extinct species lists, natural history information, images, classroom materials, policy information and other related endangered species information.
ZooNet
THE place to go when you want to know about zoos!

Databases: Species Information Searches

Animal Diversity Web
The Animal Diversity Web is a collection of pictures and information about animals. Accounts of individual species include information on distributions, natural history, conservation, and economic importance, along with pictures and sounds if available.
CITES Home Page
"The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, entered into force on 1 July 1975 and now has a membership of 136 countries. These countries act by banning commercial international trade in an agreed list of endangered species and by regulating and monitoring trade in others that might become endangered."
Endangered and Extinct Species Lists
Search endangered species by common or scientific name or click on the regional map shows which species are threatened and endangered in each state and lists fact sheets for some of those species.
Animal Omnibus (The Birmingham Zoo)
1994 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals
 

Periodicals: News/Updates/Features

ESA-ACTION listserv
This archive of ESA-ACTION gives daily updates on events affecting the Endangered Species Act. You may also subscribe to the listserv ESA-TODAY for the same information.

Note: On 10 October 1995 ESA-TODAY's listowner sent out this message: "THANKS!" Today's issue of ESA TODAY will be received by over 1000 subscribers for the first time. About 80% of subscribers receive their copies through the Endangered Species Coalition's e-mail network. ESA TODAY is written by Jim Jontz and distributed by Roger Featherstone of the Coalition's staff. To subscribe, send a one line message to listproc@envirolink.org using your name as follows: subscribe esa-action firstname lastname."

Save the Endangered Species Act
From EnviroLink, information about what is currently happening with the ESA and ideas for making your opinion known.
The Endangered Species UPDATE
This journal published approximately eight times per year by the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment focuses on issues related to species protection. Along with articles like the sample articles shown here, the UPDATE includes book reviews, announcements of current events, editorial comments and more. Each UPDATE includes a current issue of the Fish and Wildlife Service's Endangered Species Bulletin.
Endangered Species Earth Watch Radio Scripts
Produced by the Sea Grant Institute and the Institute for Environmental Studies (IES) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The complete set of scripts is on the EE-Link gopher in the "Facts and Data" directory.
E/The Environmental Magazine
A substantial magazine, E is chock-full of everything the budding environmentalist needs to know, from "rainforests to recycling" and from the "personal to the political."
Environmental Journalism Home Page
The online home of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) "provides critical support to journalists of all media in their efforts to cover complex issues of the environment responsibly."
Fact Sheets, Success Stories, and Recovery Plans
From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, brief reports on many different individual species from all over the U.S.
Artificial Reproduction: A Last Hope for Some Endangered Species
An article from the Smithsonian News Service.

Policy on Endangered Species


Legislation that has already been enacted--and which may soon change-- if we don't let our congressional representatives know what we think about protecting species and habitats. Look under Information Regarding Policymakers and under Investigating the Political Debate to find contact information for congress people and information about pending legislation.


Laws

Endangered Species Act of 1973, full-text
This document is part of a collection of materials on Environmental Decision Making including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations, and Selected Endangered Species Act Regulations from the University of Indiana.
Overview of the ESA from the Wilderness Society
This is a brief text listing the number of endangered species today, a short summary of the history of the ESA, and Key Definitions and Provisions of the Act.
Protection Law Summaries
From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Cargo of Conservation Booklet these summaries include the African Elephant Protection Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Eagle Protection Act.
Protecting the Nation's Marine Species
From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this short paper describes the activities of the National Marine Fisheries Service and includes a list of threatened and endangered marine animals under their jurisdiction.

Treaties

Convention on International Trade in Threatened and Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
Full text of the CITES (pronounced "site-ease") treaty describing regulations, conditions for permits, exemptions, amendments, measures to be taken, etc. by participating countries to promote conservation of wild plants and animals.
WWF CITES Site
CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) is the only global treaty that aims to regulate trade in threatened and endangered species. During the 10th CITES meeting (June 6 to 20, 1997) in Harare, Zimbabwe, WWF's Dana Lauren West filed daily reports to this site.
U.S. Position on CITES
Information describing and updating the United States' commitment to the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Threatened and Endangered Species) treaty.
Migratory Bird Treaty Act
Information describing the Migratory Bird Treaty from the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Cargo for Conservation handbook.

Information Regarding Policymakers

League of Conservation Voters Environmental Scorecard
An excellent resource for discovering how your representatives voted on every environmental issue. This gives background describing each environmental issue voted on along with the voting record, ratings, and contact information (where possible) for every senator and representative. Organized by region and by state.
The Electronic Activist
Contact information and e-mail addresses for political representatives and the media, including local newspapers, t.v. stations, etc. Organized by state and very comprehensive. This allows you to use the mail function of your browser to send an immediate e-mail message.
House of Representatives
Names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses for representatives .
Senate
List of available e-mail addresses for US senators.

Investigate the Political Debate

Endangered Species Act: A Resource Guide
From EnviroLink, an excellent tool for finding out about the ESA and what you can do to support it. It includes an overview of the ESA, action alerts, campaign tools and an interactive forum for online discussion.
Thomas
Keyword search current legislation and the Federal Register.
The Thomas site (for Thomas Jefferson) is a project of the Library of Congress. Search by keyword and find the full text of bills being considered in the house and senate, full text of hearings and speeches, the Federal Register and more. This is a great site to use to extract information about the legislative process.
League of Conservation Voters Environmental Scorecard
An excellent resource for discovering how your representatives voted on every environmental issue. This gives background describing each environmental issue voted on along with the voting record, ratings, and contact information (where possible) for every senator and representative. Organized by region and by state.
Legislative Watch
"DON'T BLINK! Anti-environmental legislation is sweeping through Congress, but you won't see much about it in the mainstream media. Look here for the latest on: Regulatory Moratorium, Risk Assessment, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Ancient Forests, Takings, Regulatory Impact Analysis, Endangered Species Act, Sale of National Parks, Oil Development in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Unfunded Mandates."
Endangered Species
Perspectives, action strategies, and legislative updates from The Global Action and Information Network (GAIN).

 Additional Resources

Exhibits at Brookfield Zoo
"Located on 216 acres 20 minutes from downtown Chicago, Brookfield Zoo is home to nearly 3,000 animals and more than 500 native and exotic plant species in 25 exhibit areas. These exhibits highlight the connection between people and the natural world and inspire action on behalf of the environment."
The Chicagoland Environmental Network
Provides visitors and the general public with information about how they can help protect the local environment. Each year, the zoo librarians and other staff answer several thousand requests for information on caring for wildlife.
Midewin National Tall Grass Prairie
On February 10, 1996, United States President Bill Clinton signed into law the Illinois Land Conservation Act of 1995, transferring the former Joliet Army Ammunition Plant from the Department of Defense to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and established the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. The nation's first federally-designated tallgrass prairie encompasses 19,195 acres, 40 miles southwest of Chicago.
FishEye View Living Theaters
"The Fisheye View Cam is used by marine biologists to study coral behaviors at Fisheye View labs in Coral Gables, Florida. A remote camera feeds a Macintosh 840av, which captures one frame of 640x480 video every 3 seconds. When viewed at 100-1,000 times normal speed, these time-lapse motion studies allow scientists to better understand these unusual slow-moving marine animals."
Fisheye View Cam QuickTime & MPEG Movies
You can download these QuickTime and MPEG movies from the FishCam using your Netscape Browser.
Hitachi's Viewseum
Using Hitachi's exclusive Digital Image System (DIS), a high-technology digitizing tool, there are a variety of beautiful images for your viewing pleasure.
Endangered Species Stamp Collection
U.S. Postal Service
E-cards
"Postcards of the Internet." You may send an E-Card to anyone with Web access and an e-mail account. Every E-Card you send contributes to the World Wildlife Fund.

Author: Shelly Peretz, Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois
Handbook of Engaged Learning Projects sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab. Funded by the North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium based at the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).
Created: July 1, 1997
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