National Earth Science Teachers Association, Windows to the Universe/NBC Learn
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- A good way to introduce the linkages between biological adaptation and evolution and climate change.
About the Science
- Butterflies are very good indicators of the health of the ecosystem they are in.
- If habitat is degrading, butterflies will show the impacts first.
- Over the last 30 years, shifts have occurred where butterflies live.
- Their areas of residency are shifting - whole populations go extinct while other areas regain populations.
- The average location of a population today is about 100 miles further north of where is used to be.
- Comments from expert scientist: This short movie gives a very good insight into the problems faced by species (in this case butterflies) when adapting to climate change. As a movie is makes it easier to follow the facts, and to see the researcher involved in the study. The video focuses on two scientists and there is so much variation in the response of species to climate change that those two researchers likely do not give the whole picture.
About the Pedagogy
- The video is treated as a standalone: a lesson plan is available with it in the Windows to the Universe site ( http://www.windows2universe.org/earth/changing_planet?adaptation_species_intro.html ).
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