Biodiversity in an Estuary

Estuary background image with color overlay

Introduction

In this activity, students investigate the incredible biodiversity in estuarine environments. They begin by exploring the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve using Google Maps. Students then produce an estuary biodiversity concept map and individual organism profile that become part of an estuary wildlife exhibit.

This activity has three parts:

  1. Investigating Habitats in an Estuary
  2. Biodiversity in an Estuary
  3. Portrait of Life in an Estuary

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Objectives
  • Describe the physical and biological components of habitats that exist as part of an estuary.
  • Explain the relationships between primary producers, consumers, and secondary consumers.
  • Describe some adaptations of living organisms to the changing conditions within an estuary.
  • Explain why biodiversity is important and worth preserving in an estuary.

Biodiversity in an Estuary: Supporting Resources

Plants (Circle of Life)

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