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Teaching Innovation Project (TIP)
Restoration of an Endangered Species in the United States

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Project Description:  Background Information: The Plymouth Red-bellied Turtle

As part of her graduate conservation biology course requirements, Mrs. Diedricksen has developed a curriculum that will both educate students about a local species on the state and federal endangered species list, while giving students a role in the recovery effort for this species in their own classroom.  During the 2008-2009 school year, students will take part in a recovery plan called the Headstart Program for the Plymouth Red-bellied Turtle by raising two hatchlings in captivity during the school year, and releasing the turtles into the wild once they achieve the weight and size gains necessary to limit predation that non-headstarted hatchlings experience in the wild. 

 

Pedagogical Approach: Project Lesson Plans

Throughout the year, students will take data on the turtles for submission to the state recovery plan coordinators as outlined in the Headstart Protocol designed by Dr. Tom French, Director of Endangered Species, with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.  Throughout the year, students will be taught how to incorporate this real data into a formal scientific paper. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting this Project Started:

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o       Mrs. Diedricksen has applied for the CLC Innovative Curriculum Mini-Grant to help fund equipment and feeding costs required by the headstart protocol.

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o       Kurt Schatzl, vice president of the New England Herpetological Society, has headstarted over 100 red-bellied turtles himself. Once the habitat design is complete in Mrs. Diedricksenís classroom, Mr. Schatzl foresees being able to place 2 hatchlings at Hingham High school.
 

Links:

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List of Endangered Species under the Endangered Species Act (updated every day)

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New England Herpetological Society