Ecosystems: Restoration of Natural Environments
What is ecological restoration? Why is it important? On these sites you will find information about restoring parts of the environment that have undergone degradation to their natural state. There are articles, photographs, video clips, and lesson plans. Included are two eThemes resources on ecosystems and habitats.
PBS: Earth on Edge: Ecosystems
This site provides an overview of six ecosystems, their value, and current state. You can read profiles of these ecosystems, view video previews of the program, and learn what you can do individually to protect ecosystems.
Here is a program about the effort to restore the Florida Everglades to health. You can read the transcript or watch the segment in streaming video.
PBS: Restoring Iowa's Prairie
Scroll down to watch this story about restoring Iowa prairies to their original state.
PBS: Forever Wild?
Watch this video excerpt about how scientists are working to restore the American prairie.
Discovery Channel: Pre-Human Habitats
This is an article about habitat restoration and the difficulty of returning environments to their "natural" state. NOTE: This site contains ads.
EPA: Wetland Restoration
This site contains extensive information on wetland and river corridor restoration, including definitions, an overview of major principles and practices, reasons to restore wetland habitats, and a book length guide to wetland restoration. The reading level may be too advanced for younger students, but there is valuable information for educators.
Prairie Restoration and Ecology
This is a hands-on research project in which students can perform outdoor ecology and botany science. Students may also keep a writing journal in conjunction with this project and create a pamphlet about prairie restoration and landscaping.
Removing Invasive Plants
This is an article about how removing exotic plant species from a landscape can restore the natural habitat.
Global Restoration Network
This site contains extensive information on ecological restoration. There is a showcase of projects, a searchable database, information on ecosystems, degradation, agriculture, and more. NOTE: This site has a "Donate Now" button.
eThemes Resource: Ecosystems: An Overview
These sites are an overview of ecosystems including what they are, how they are different from and related to habitats and biomes, and how to preserve ecosystems. Classroom activities and online exercises are included. There are links to eThemes resources on animal survival and habitats including overview, deserts, forests, grasslands, ponds and lakes, rainforests, tundras, wetlands, and mountains.
eThemes Resource: Habitat: An Overview
This resource covers the different ecosystems on our planet. Find out how these biomes differ, what characteristics make them unique, and where they are located. Includes a map of the different habitats found in Missouri and information about habitats in Utah. There are links to eThemes Resources on specific habitats and animal food chains.
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