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Climate Change Wildlife and Wildlands

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Global Change Research Program

This video focuses on the science of climate change and its impacts on wildlife on land and in the sea, and their habitats in the U.S. There are short sections on walruses, coral reefs, migrating birds and their breeding grounds, freshwater fish, bees, etc. Video concludes with some discussion about solutions, including reduce/recyle/reuse, energy conservation, backyard habitats, citizen scientists.

Video length: 13:16 minutes.

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Teaching Tips

  • Educators should use this as an overview of the many impacts that climate is and will have on terrestrial and marine life and their habitats. It can be used in conjunction with other components of the Climate Change Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit.
  • Student could be sent to explore ecoregions using http://www.globalchange.gov/resources/educators/toolkit/explore and compare and contrast climate change evidence in these regions.

About the Science

  • Video was produced by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and its federal agency partners in the US Global Change Research Program.
  • Comments from expert scientist: I think this a modest introduction to Climate Change- specifically giving examples of organisms that are being impacted. This is very watered down and oversimplifies the issue.

About the Pedagogy

  • The video is a breezy overview of many topics related to climate change and its impacts on terrestrial and marine life. It does not review any of this material in any substantive way.
  • The narration and interviews are done in a way that should appeal to young audiences.
  • This video is part of a toolkit that includes a Climate Change Wildlife and Wild Lands Teachers' guide, Frequently Asked Questions, and a downloadable glossary of scientific terms.
  • It can be used in classrooms as an introduction to the topics or in visitor centers and interpreter talks in informal educational settings.

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