I am helping our Patriot squad complete Nature & Wildlife this fall. Requirement #21 requires the girls to research endangered species specific to your area, and identify why it is classified as endangered.
Under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is the organization responsible for declaring an animal or plant as endangered after a petition has been filed. (click here to learn about the process and critical habitats).
As you can imagine, this list is constantly changing. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a great website. Their search tools allow you to find the most current list based on state or county. Here is the link to their site.
Now that you have the list of endangered species, let the research begin.
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Requirement # 4
NOTE: The requirements have been simplified here. Please be sure to read the full text in the American Heritage Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.