Now that you have learned about food webs and biodiversity, you will virtually explore the environment in a state or national park. The table in Part II will need to be completely filled in and the answer to the questions in Part III will need significant elaboration. It is recommended that you explore every link at the site, which may include species lists, park history, park management, etc. If you have questions about the expectations, please reach out to your instructor for clarification.

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Instructions Click here to access the homework worksheet. Please contact your instructor if you are unable to complete the worksheet due to a lack of access to an outdoor area. If you lack an outdoor area and you have received permission from the instructor, click here to access the alternate homework worksheet. Complete the homework worksheet, and submit it in Blackboard.

Unit IV Homework (Alternate)

 

Now that you have learned about food webs and biodiversity, you will virtually explore the environment in a state or national park. The table in Part II will need to be completely filled in and the answer to the questions in Part III will need significant elaboration. It is recommended that you explore every link at the site, which may include species lists, park history, park management, etc. If you have questions about the expectations, please reach out to your instructor for clarification.

Park Websites

 

The first thing we need to do is find a place to conduct our study. Think about a local park near you, and see if you can find their website online. If you cannot find their website, here are some very cool small parks around the country you can use; pick one.

 

Garner State Park (Texas): http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/garner

Lassen Volcanic National Park (California): https://www.nps.gov/lavo/index.htm

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (Tennessee): https://www.nps.gov/biso/index.htm

Sabino Canyon (Arizona): http://www.sabinocanyon.com/

Devils Postpile (California): https://www.nps.gov/depo/index.htm

Dry Tortugas National Park (Florida): https://www.drytortugas.com/

Black Canyon of the Gunnison (Colorado): https://www.nps.gov/blca/index.htm

 

Scientists are trained to take very detailed notes when they head out into the field. This is because all of the information you can collect could be important to analyzing your data in the future. It is important to be descriptive and even use drawings if you need to make sure your data is as complete as possible.

 

Part I

 

The first thing scientists record when out in the field is general data. You will practice this by filling in the information below. You will explore the park online as if you were there in person right now. Make sure to browse the website, watch videos, and find out what wildlife lives there to get a feel for the habitat. For the weather information, you can google the weather for that specific location (or some parks list the daily temperature on their websites). (4 points each = 32 points)

 

Name of park:

 

Website:

 

Date:

 

Location (City, State, Country):

 

Time of day:

 

Temperature (based on research):

 

Weather (based on research):

 

Estimated number of people that visit the park:

 

Describe the park. What type of habitat is it? (Is it prairie, does it have tall grasses, lots of trees, near water or a city?):

 

Part II

 

Let’s investigate the biodiversity found at this park! Fill in the table below with species that are found at the park. Explore the website, browse photos, and see what species consider the park home. Find at least five. (30 points)

 

Plants Mammals Birds Fish Arthropods

 

Reptiles
Giant blue iris

 

Nine-banded Armadillo American coot Bull shark lubber grasshopper black-masked racer
1
2
3
4
5

 

Part III

 

  1. What species were you most surprised to find lives in the park? Why? (7 points)

 

  1. Name one endangered or threatened species that lives at the park. (7 points)

 

  1. What threats to biodiversity does this park have? (Are there man-made concerns that are decreasing habitat? Is a certain type of pollution affecting the park?) (8 points)

 

  1. What can be done at the park to increase biodiversity? (8 points)

 

  1. What are ways you can support the park? (8 points)

 

 

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