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U.S. Fish and Wildlife's Virtually Wild Program

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Monarchs on the Move!
Each fall thousands of monarch butterflies make their way through Texas on the way to their overwintering grounds in México. They depend on big grasslands (like prairies), suburban backyard gardens, and even pocket prairies in the middle of the city to fuel up on energy-rich nectar and for milkweed for their young. Learn about monarchs, their migration, and what you can do to help them on their journey with this live broadcast from an urban pocket prairie.
 
Location: Live from the MD Anderson Prairie in Houston
Provider: Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Houston Urban Program
Dates: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Session 1:  9 am – 9:45 am
Session 2: 10 am – 10:45 am
Cost: Free
Grade Levels: This program is planned at a 4th grade level, but students of all ages will gain useful vocabulary and an understanding of how watersheds help both people and wildlife, from Houston all the way to the ocean.
TEKS: Science Grade 3 - 9A, C, Grade 4 - 10C, Grade 5 - 9A
Social Studies Grade 4 - 7B, 9C
 

Black Bears Return to Texas
The black bear (Ursus americanus) was once widespread throughout the Lone Star State. Habitat loss, hunting, and other pressures have eliminated most Texas black bears. Yet, the population is growing once again. This return can positively impact native ecosystems but can also cause fear and concern. Learn about the ecology and life habitats of these fascinating creatures, how and where they are rebounding, and what Texans are doing to help the black bear. We will have an expert on hand from the Texas Black Bear Alliance to answer any questions your students have and to provide up to date information.
 
Provider: Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Houston Urban Program, and Texas Black Bear Alliance.
Dates: January 23, 2018
Length: 45 minutes
Session 1:  9 am – 9:45 am
Session 2: 10 am – 10:45 am
Cost: Free
Grade Levels: 2nd-5th
TEKS:
●Science
○Grade 2 - 9A,B,C
○Grade 3 - 9A,C,
○Grade 4 - 10A, Grade 5 - 9A
○Grade 5 - 9A,B,C
●Social Studies
○Grade 4 - 9A,C
○Grade 5 - 9A,B

Virtually Wild Texas - Careers in Conservation: Firefighting and Prescribed Burning
Conserving nature means working in the elements and risk. Sometimes this requires professionals to fight wildfires and sometimes this requires professionals to intentionally start fires called prescribed burns. Join members of the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s fire team as they discuss what they do and they challenges they face. We will also cover prescribed burns and their value to maintaining grassland ecosystems.
 
Location: Live from the Katy Prairie
Provider: Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Houston Urban Program, and Wildlife Center of Texas.
Dates: February 13, 2018
Length: 45 minutes
Session 1:  9 am – 9:45 am;
Session 2: 10 am – 10:45 am
Cost: Free
Grade Levels: This program is most appropriate for grades 3-8
TEKS:
●Science Grade 3 - 9A,C, Grade 4 - 10C, Grade 5 - 9A
●Social Studies Grade 4 - 7B, 9C
 

 

Rare Bird: Saving a Texas Woodpecker From Extinction
Scientists across the southeastern United States are fighting to save the red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis) from extinction. Once common in east Texas, this bird survives in small groups on only a handful of preserves. Learn about this magnificent, colorful bird and how biologists are managing the land to improve the woodpecker’s habitat.  Meet the scientists who use technology and tree-climbing skills to monitor nests and learn how you can find a career in conservation.
This program will be delivered live from the field at W. Goodrich Jones State Forest near Conroe, TX, one of the nation’s largest working urban forests. The primary purpose of this forest is resource education. Sound scientific forest management that protects and perpetuates native flora and fauna is practiced. Demonstration and research areas have been installed to test various forest management techniques, forest genetics, and forest product utilization studies.
 
Provider: Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Houston Community Partnerships and Engagement Program, Texas A&M Forest Service.
Dates: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Length: 45 minutes
Session 1: 9:00 am – 9:45 am
Session 2: 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Cost: Free.
Grade Levels: 2nd-5th
TEKS:
  • Science
    • Grade 2 - 9A,B,C
    • Grade 3 - 9A,C,
    • Grade 4 - 10A
    • Grade 5 - 9A,B,C
  • Social Studies
    • Grade 5 - 9A,B
    • Grade 4 - 9A,C

Pollinator Power: Building Habitats for Monarchs, Native Bees, and Hummingbirds
What do all pollinators need? Habitat. In much of Texas that means bringing back native prairie plants which feed and shelter monarch butterflies, native bees, and hummingbirds. Join wildlife conservationist Jaime González of the Katy Prairie Conservancy as we explore a ‘pocket prairie’ in the middle of the city and learn about its amazing pollinator community. We’ll also explore what you can do at your home and school to bring back pollinator habitat.
Location: Live from the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center Pocket Prairie in Houston
Provider: Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Houston Community Partnerships and Engagement
Dates: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Length: 45 minutes
Session 1: 9:00 am – 9:45 am
Session 2: 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Cost: Free.
Grade Levels: 2nd-5th
TEKS:
  • Science
    • Grade 2 - 9A,B,C
    • Grade 3 - 9A,C,
    • Grade 4 - 10A, Grade 5 - 9A
    • Grade 5 - 9A,B,C
  • Social Studies
    • Grade 4 - 9A,C
    • Grade 5 - 9A,B

We’re Built for This!: Reptile Adaptations and Why They Matter
What is an adaptation and how do adaptations enable an organism to survive and flourish in its environment?  Can adaptive behaviors protect an animal?  How can a snake swallow prey larger than its head?  These and more questions will be answered as we closely examine and interact with live alligators, snakes, and turtles. You will learn how these species have adapted to be successful in their environment.

This program will take place on Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, home to these critters and many others! The 44,000-acre refuge is comprised of freshwater sloughs that wind through salt marshes, woody thickets and prairie. It’s a great place to see, enjoy and learn about nature.
 
Provider: Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Houston Community Partnerships and Engagement Program, and Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
Dates: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Length: 45 minutes
Session 1: 9:00 am – 9:45 am
Session 2: 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Cost: Free
TEKS:
  • Science
    • Grade 2 - 9A,B,C
    • Grade 3 - 9A,C,
    • Grade 4 - 10A, Grade 5 - 9A
    • Grade 5 - 9A,B,C
  • Social Studies
    • Grade 4 - 9A,C
    • Grade 5 - 9A

 

 
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