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Counting Flamingos

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Counting Flamingos

See how conservationists are tracking flamingo populations in the High Andes.

Biodiversity Counts

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Biodiversity Counts

Pick one activity, one article—or use all units to teach your students about plants, arthropods, or both. This curriculum teaches kids about the natural world by taking them into backyards, gardens, vacant lots, and even cracks in the sidewalk to practice observation, identification, and analysis.

Plant Ecology

Curriculum Materials

Plant Ecology

Go beyond the basics of field study—use math and science skills and dig in the dirt! Students learn how to count plants as part of a study of local biodiversity and  calculating biodiversity indexes. 

Biodiversity Crisis

Article

Biodiversity Crisis

The Biodiversity Crisis: Losing What Counts is part of the museum's essay book series, designed to give teachers, students, and general readers insight into complex science topics. Each book includes case studies, profiles, and essays by leading scientists, along with an extensive glossary.

Learn More About Biodiversity

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Learn More About Biodiversity

Here are some resources for more in-depth reading about what biodiversity is, why it is important, and threats to biodiversity.

Calculating a Biodiversity Index

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Calculating a Biodiversity Index

A Biodiversity Index gives scientists a concrete, uniform way to talk about and compare the biodiversity of different areas. Learn how to calculate this number yourself.

How to Calculate a Biodiversity Index

Article

How to Calculate a Biodiversity Index

One is the riskiest number... A more diverse plant population has a better chance of adapting to changes in the environment. Learn how to quantify the biodiversity of any area.

Is There Biodiversity in Our Backyard?

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Is There Biodiversity in Our Backyard?

You just might be surprised by how diverse and interdependent the living things around your school are. Investigate a patch of sidewalk, a grassy or wooded spot, or even someone's front yard.

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