Extinct and Endangered
The dodo (Raphus cucullatus)
The dodo (Raphus cucullatus), extinct by 1681, has become symbolic of the consequences of human activities on the causes of extinction.

Grade Level: Grades 4 through High School
Science Content Standard: 4.2, 6.2, 9.6, 9.8, 10.6
High School Biology Enrichment Standards:
Ecology and Evolution
Language Arts Content Standards: 1.2; 1.4

Description: Although most people have been introduced to the issue of extinction as a modern problem, it is a naturally occurring process going back to the beginning of life on Earth. Extinction can have many causes, but primary amount them are habitat loss and climate change.  While highlighting examples of extinction in the distant past, this program also presents the rate of modern extinctions and how human activities may be a contributing factor.  Using exhibits and specimens relating to extinct and endangered plants and animals both locally and throughout North America, the program will explore how individuals can make a difference.

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