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Environmental Issues

Helpful links in completing the Biology Hot Topics lab.

Endangered Species and Deforestation

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Endangered Species

  • As the principal federal partner responsible for administering the Endangered Species Act (ESA), The US Fish & Wildlife Service takes the lead in recovering and conserving our Nation's imperiled species.

The IUCN Red List of Endangered Species

  • The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) has been assessing the conservation status of species, subspecies, varieties, and even selected subpopulations on a global scale for the past 50 years in order to highlight taxa threatened with extinction, and thereby promote their conservation.

United Nations Environment Program - World Conservation Monitoring Centre

  • UNEP - WCMC works to encourage sustainable development through sound environmental practices, and has an extensive portfolio of activities around biodiversity. The Centre provides objective, scientifically rigorous products and services to help decision makers learn about the value of biodiversity and apply this knowledge

Return of Prairie Bandit [2014] (Be prepared to enter your student ID)

  • The black-footed ferret lives on a single diet — prairie dogs. But when the ubiquitous prairie dog was hunted and poisoned into near extinction, black-footed ferrets disappeared from prairie grasslands. This Nature of Things program follows a painstaking and precarious project that attempts to re-introduce ferrets to their Saskatchewan home.

1. To retrieve articles from the library databases, enter your keywords in the search box on the library's home page:

http://www.westvalley.edu/library

It looks like this:

Search box with a typed search of "polar bears"

2. Look at the results page and refine your search by using the Limit Box on the left:

graphic of Limit To area of results page where you can limit by date, etc.

Films on Demand logo

Search Films on Demand for streaming videos on a number of topics.  Have you student ID ready if you are logging in from off-campus.

Search Films on Demand

Tutorials:

 Browsing by Subject [1.58 minutes]

Creating Custom Segments [2.39 minutes]