Missing SpeciesPosted by Carlene Gordon
The theme for this year’s Earth Day celebration was ‘endangered species.’ When a species is lost, it is a sign that the ecosystem is slowly falling apart. The loss of one species triggers the loss of other species. These losses deteriorate the delicate ecosystems that ultimately provide humans with clean air and water. Education is the first step to saving these magnificent creatures, many of whom have roamed the Earth for far longer than humans. Our first through eighth grade students teamed up in the morning to learn more about the polar bear, whooping crane, humpback whale, Florida panther, the American alligator (Unquowa’s mascot!) and many more. Together, students played a game of ‘endangered species’ charades and created missing species posters. Then we loaded the buses and headed for the Beardsley Zoo to observe these species and learn more about their habitats and threats. At the zoo, students completed scavenger hunts and chose one or two species to investigate further and add details to their own flip books. In between our zoo investigations, students enjoyed a picnic lunch, time to enjoy the beautiful October day and several impressive karaoke songs in the zoo’s outdoor stage, Peacock Cafe. Thank you to all of the outstanding Unquowa faculty who made this day possible for our students to gain a deeper understanding of the plight and hope of the endangered species that we share this planet with.
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