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Endangered Species Coloring Book

2013 April 9

Do you like learning about animals?  Do you like to color?  If you answered yes, you are in luck!  The Fish and Wildlife Service just came out with a new Endangered Species Coloring Book.  Check out the link here: http://www.fws.gov/endangered/ESA40/PDF/ESAColoringbook.pdf

I have already learned so much about species I didn’t even know were endangered.  Did you know the Lakeside Daisy is a threatened rare plant found in dry, rocky prairie grassland areas in Illinois, Ohio and Michigan?  Or, did you know bog turtles are threatened animals and are the smallest species of turtles in North America?  Check out the link to learn more and for a fun art project!

Kelly Siegel is a student volunteer in the EPA’s Air and Radiation Division in Region 5, and is currently obtaining her Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She has a passion for sustainable development, running, and traveling with friends

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3 Responses leave one →
  1. sochngo permalink
    April 10, 2013

    very nice and interesting post.thank you for posting.

  2. M. Downs permalink
    May 8, 2013

    I think teaching younger children about the different endangered species in an age appropriate manner. I love the fact that the coloring book gives the category of endangerment that the each species is. However, I think it would be even more beneficial to let the kids know what the difference between each category–extinct, threatened, near threatened (endangered), and least concern. I’m glad that this was created to raise the future generations to be more environmentally aware. I recently became environmental aware because of my class offered in high school. The younger we teach the children to have a biocentric worldview, the better of for everyone and everything in the long run.

  3. Dylan DePriest permalink
    May 20, 2013

    This is a great way to introduce young children, maybe even young adults, to the facts about endangered species. Most people don’t even realize it, but species are depleting at a rapid and growing rate. The extinction rate in the 90s was about 20 species per day. Now, it is at a whopping 136 per day! I believe that more people should understand this and do something about it! The only species that get recognized are the polar bears and the pandas. Polar bear populations have actually been growing in the last few years, and the only reason that they ever were extremely endangered was because they were being hunted, not because of global warming. Pandas, on the other hand, simply will not reproduce! The pandas are basically causing themselves to go extinct! It really sickens me that in the time that I’ve written this comment, about 3 species have gone extinct, and nobody will know their names.

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