Eco-tracking: On the Trail of Habitat Change

Eco-tracking: On the Trail of Habitat Change

by Daniel Shaw
     
 

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In this much-needed work for our nation's youth, Daniel Shaw tracks the interconnections of small regional ecosystems to larger ones, and in the process demonstrates the accessibility of nature to everyone. As Shaw notes in his introduction, the story that is too often told about the environment is one about despair and destruction, which basically suggests to

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In this much-needed work for our nation's youth, Daniel Shaw tracks the interconnections of small regional ecosystems to larger ones, and in the process demonstrates the accessibility of nature to everyone. As Shaw notes in his introduction, the story that is too often told about the environment is one about despair and destruction, which basically suggests to young people that all is lost and everything was better before their time.

Instead, this book tells true life success stories of young people involved in citizen science efforts and how others can join in tracking climate change, local wildlife, and other parts of the natural world. Shaw's work demonstrates by example a story of hope for a natural environment that exists in the world.

At the core of this book is the notion that humans are components of their ecosystems. Shaw encourages readers to learn what becomes of their outputs and to understand human contributions to various ecological cycles. Sidebars and activities give readers a chance to discover these cycles right in their backyards and to link their discoveries to neighborhood environments.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
A great primer for young scientists and naturalists, this well written and well researched book appears to be the first of a planned series called "Worlds of Wonder." The topics that the author covers in terms that middle school students can easily understand include mapping an ecosystem, keeping a field journal, making a species list, tracking weather changes, and evaluating the information gathered in several observation techniques. There are activities throughout the book, ranging from as simple as making a list of the species observed during a recorded period of time to more complex activities such as setting a pit fall trap for the purpose of recording species. In addition to the activities, there is a list of other organizations that welcome young volunteers, a glossary of the terms used in the book, and an index. A list of photo credits rounds out the back matter. Each chapter starts with a particular scenario and features one of the author's students observing something that is affecting the environment. The author is fairly well known in the southwest and has published other work on this topic. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—This unique title explains how ordinary kids, with ordinary tools, can become eco-scientists in their neighborhoods. In clear prose, Shaw explains the concepts of scientific observation, data collection, and analysis. Each chapter includes explanations of basic ecology terms, the effects of different environmental forces, and how they can be observed. He uses vignettes of students to show ecological science in action. The writing, while not especially lively, moves briskly and does not get too technical. Key terms appear in bold type and the glossary gives succinct definitions. The color photos are sharp and capture different kids as they work in the field. Students will find this book a super resource for starting their own habitat observations. There are web addresses for organizations that would be extremely helpful to budding scientists if they want to link into existing "citizen scientist" organizations and use their data to expand habitat monitoring around the U.S. A fine book for ecology students and teachers.—Denise Schmidt, San Francisco Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826345318
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
12/15/2010
Series:
World's of Wonder Series
Pages:
98
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
980L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author


Daniel Shaw is a middle school science teacher at Bosque School in Albuquerque. He created and for fourteen years has been the principal investigator of a nationally honored student-centered monitoring project in the Rio Grande bosque, which today involves more than 2,500 young adults.

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