|The PBS Patagonian Wildlife
Species Survival in Patagonia
1. Participate in a mock PBS International
Patagonian Wildlife Conference to establish a plan to
save the wildlife of Patagonia.
2. Identify the problems facing wildlife in Patagonia.
3. Present the research on wildlife problems to the
4. Identify solutions as to how to solve the problems
facing wildlife in Patagonia.
5. Make resolutions at the conference and forward to
Holding a conference is a real world method that
scientists use to communicate on major issues facing
mankind. At a conference, scientists share their
ideas and their research with other scientists. They
then debate, argue and decide whether the research
has merit and change current thinking on issues. The
purpose of conventions is to see what other
scientists are doing, and if their practice has
application to other scientists in a particular
field.. It is also an opportunity to better
understand issues and resolve conflict.
Issue oriented conferences are an opportunity for
scientists to find solutions facing mankind and
develop procedures to implement the solutions.
Identifying problems and key issues, finding
solutions and then implementing change is what moves
the science community ahead.
(Source: Barber, Jacqueline; Bergman,
Lincoln; Goodman, Jan M.;
Hosoume, Kimi; Lipner, Linda; Sneider, Cary; Tucker,
Laura; Insights and Outcomes, Assessments for Great
Explorations in Math and Science, Lawrence Hall of
Science, The Regents of the University of California,
PBS International Patagonian Wildlife Conference
- Several books on Argentine wildlife
- PBS Living Edens web site on Patagonia for animal information
- World Wide Web sites on animals
- National Geographic Magazines
- Other animal publications
- World Wildlife Fund resources
- The Bronx Zoo resources for information on
endangered species and repopulation of species
- Paper and pencil
- Student Science Journals
1. Students will research animals of Patagonia in
cooperative groups of three or four. Be sure to
collect information from previous lessons on animals
2. Collect data on different species, including range
and numbers, past and present and record in student
3. Investigate habitats and study problems associated
with habitat loss.
4. Study wildlife repopulation/protection plans from
United States Models. Contact zoos for repopulation
plans for endangered species
5. Develop plans (Brainstorm in groups) on how to
save current populations.
6. Write letters to the United Nations and/or the
Argentine government expressing concern and
submitting wildlife preservation plans and plans for
reintroduction of endangered species.
7. Research organizations to contact on the World
Establish a rubric for the project and include,
work habits, effort, content, presentation skills
during conference, and letter to wildlife authority.
Each cooperative group will study one or more animals
of Patagonia and report back to class on their
research. Choose animals from the PBS Video, The Living
High School Extension:
Students will work in research teams of two, choose
categories of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians,
marine vertebrates and invertebrates, and insects.
Collect data and record in student science journals.
Present research to class and forward plans for
rebuilding wildlife populations to the United Nation, Argentine
Government and international wildlife
Wildlife Conservation society
National Geographic: Patagonia Penguins
Mountain Travel Sobek: Conservation in Patagonia