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Bill Nye takes his wacky antics outside to investigate wetland functions and values. While tossing out biological terms like "hydrophtye" Bill visits several wetland types and defines what makes each one unique. This video will definitely strengthen the environmental ethic of students as they watch this amusing and insightful introduction to the amazing world of wetlands.
This video offers a great introduction to the ecological and societal benefits of wetland conservation and would be a valuable addition to ecosystem or habitat lessons. Wetlands provide fantastic opportunities for authentic scientific research so the film could launch a case study of a local wetland. Students might investigate biological productivity with zooplankton measurements, analyze water quality or identify and classify aquatic flora and fauna. The hydrological cycle of a salt marsh could be examined with the goal of evaluating how these ecosystems reduce coastal flooding in nearby communities.
The film will also support a student-directed stewardship project. A class could learn about wetland threats on a local level and develop a public awareness campaign to inform peers and the community about the need for wetland preservation. Students could also partner with conservation organizations to deliver action items such as mapping important wetland habitat, improving riparian zones or cataloguing invasive species.
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