Here today, gone tomorrow : saving migratory animals
2011, Kays, Roland, Blake, Stephen, Cruz, Sebastian, Fiedler, Wolfgang, Kranstauber, Bart, Proanio, Carolina, Weinzierl, Rolf, Wikelski, Martin
Extinct might be a word you associate with animals that lived long ago, like the dinosaurs, but did you know that over 18,000 species are classified as "threatened" (susceptible to extinction) today? Scientists involved in wildlife conservation have a tough job; they're in charge of determining what needs to be done to prevent a species from becoming extinct. Habitat, food supply, and impacts of local human populations are just a few of the factors these scientists take into account. It's a lot to keep track of for a single location, but the job becomes even harder when it's a migratory animal. In this science project, you'll get a firsthand look at their job. You'll access real data about migratory birds and use satellite images to analyze their habitats, then come up with a conservation plan to protect the species from extinction.