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

Register for Virtually Wild Videoconference sesssions herehttps://goo.gl/forms/zymCKyFBjqU47lCu2
 
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
 

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: December 12, 2017
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
 

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: TBA
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

Duck, Duck, Goose: Understanding Texas Waterfowl

Texas is a great place to see and enjoy waterfowl - ducks and geese. These winged marvels spend their winters on Texas’s abundant wetlands and bays. Join our live broadcast from the world famous Katy Prairie and learn about waterfowl, their habitat and habits, and even their calls. You’ll also learn what groups like the Katy Prairie Conservancy and U.S. Fish & Wildlife are doing to save these magnificent birds.
 
Location: Live from the Katy Prairie (just northwest of Houston, TX)
Provider: Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Houston Urban Program, and Houston Audubon Society.
Dates: February 13, 2018
Length: 45 minutes
Time(s): 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
 
Reserve the following dates on your calendar for future programming. Topics to be announced. 
  • March 20, 2018
  • April 17, 2018
  • May 15, 2018
  • June 19, 2018
 
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