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Biodiversity Survey *

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Survey your area to find out which species of plants and animals live there. You might be surprised to find out that something you grew up thinking was very common, is actually quite unique! For example, if you live in the great plains, then you may think that prairie dogs are a nuisance or a pest. Actually, some species of prairie dogs are only found here, and have a very important role for short and tall grass prairie ecosystems. The prairie dogs are an important part of the food-chain, and are preyed upon by owls, falcons and eagles, including our national bird the Bald Eagle. You can conduct an experiment to count prairie dog populations in your area. By counting the number of prairie dogs you see, you can estimate the number of prairie dogs in the area. There are many other examples of local species in America that are quite unique, use a field guide to help you identify a noteworthy species in your area. Remember that plants can be special too! (National Arbor Day Foundation, 2006; WWF, 2006; Douce and Moorhead, 2006; NPS, 2006; WMC, 2006; EPA, 2006)

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  • National Arbor Day Foundation, 2006. "National Arbor Day Foundation," Washington, D.C. [accessed: 3/1/2006] http://www.arborday.org/.
  • NPS, 2006. "National Park Service," Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, U.S. Dept. of the Interior. [accessed: 3/1/2006] http://www.nps.gov/.
  • WMC, 2006. "Watershed Management Council: Advancing the Art and Science of Watershed Management," Boise, ID: Watershed Management Council. [accessed: 3/1/2006] http://www.watershed.org/wmc/index.php.
  • WWF, 2006. "World Wildlife Fund," Gland, Switzerland: World Wildlife Fund, International. [accessed: 3/1/2006] http://ld.panda.org/index.cfm.

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