WHY FOCUS ON THE TROPICS IN CLIMATE CHANGE INSTRUCTION?
The diversity of plant and animal species in the tropical forests is much greater than anywhere else on earth. Rapid deforestation by humans not only destroys habitat but is also an important factor in climate change.
WHAT DO PARROTS HAVE TO DO WITH GLOBAL WARMING?
Of the more than 300 species of parrots in the world, nearly 100 are threatened in the wild, in part due to the impacts of climate change on the tropics. Parrots and other birds may be forced to higher elevations to escape warming temperatures, only to compete with other species for habitat. Timing of breeding can also be disrupted, resulting in reduced populations.
ABOUT THE PARROTS & TROPICAL FORESTS EDUCATOR’S GUIDE:
This guide’s activities are designed for grades 3-5, with extensions for younger and older students. These activities meet national standards for English/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Visual Arts.