- Humans can prevent the loss of biological diversity.
The previous section explained the concept of biodiversity and the importance of habitat, species, and genetic diversity. This section shows some of the ways that conservation biologists attempt to limit the loss of biodiversity. Students learn about the role of human activity in the health or extinction of species. Students construct a nature reserve and propose ways that they can prevent the loss of biodiversity.
✓ define and give examples for the term extinction.
✓ compare and contrast proximate and ultimate causes of extinction.
✓ explain what humans can do to prevent the loss of species through extinction.
nature reserve, proximate cause, ultimate cause
Activity 12-1: Design a Nature Reserve
- Butcher paper
- Marking pens or colored pencils
See Activity 12-1 in the Student Edition
Social Studies Students design a nature reserve while considering a variety of ethical, economic, and political factors.
Enrichment 12-1: Endangered Species-Do or Die
Students analyze the case history of an endangered species, the California condor.