What can be done about Invasive Species?

What can be done about Invasive Species?

Learn about the invasive species problems affecting Guam and come up with an action plan of what you can do to help. 

Guam's fragile ecosystem is beset with many problems having to do with invasive species, both plants and animals. There is so much to do in this field. For this project, you will research the problem of invasive species, then choose one to "attack." That is, of all the invasive species on Guam, choose one that you can do something about. Whether it is to put netting over green waste to capture rhino beetles, cut down bamboo vines, pull out invasive weeds, trap a brown tree snake - do SOMETHING after some research on the proper safe methods. 

Preparation Instruction:
  • Since this is an independent project, not associated with a particular organization, it is very important that you get the support of one of your teachers. You will need a teacher who can grant you the hours if you successfully complete the project. 
  • You may want to recruit classmates or friends who can join you in this project. 
  • Do an internet and library search on the problem of invasive species on Guam. Start with: http://cnas-re.uog.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/IInvasive_speciesGuam.pdf
  • Choose at least one of the invasives to target for this project.
  • Find how to properly address the removal of this species. Call or email the professionals who can give you correct information. 
  • Determine the location for your eradication project.
  • Gather materials that you will need for the project. 
  • Wear appropriate clothing and shoes when you do the project. Make sure safety considerations are in place. 

Activity Instruction:
  • Carry out your project on your specified date. Your preparation must be accurate, detailed, and complete. 
  • Take photos, before, during, and after.
  • Post to social media using the hashtags: #guamservicelearning #guaminvasivespeciesremoval

Reflection Instruction:

In order to earn service learning hours, a reflection needs to be turned in to a teacher who can input the hours into Power School. You need to address: What did you do? What did you learn? How was this an example of public service? 


Learning Standards/Objectives:
Objective: Student will carry out an action plan to address the invasive species problem on Guam.
 

Science: Standard 2: Life Science

Students understand the diversity and unity of living organisms, the living environment, and principles of ecology.

BI.2.27: Understand and explain the significance of the introduction of species, such as the brown tree snake and other invasive species into Guam’s ecosystem, and describe the consequent harm to native species and the environment in general.

Social Studies: Standard 4: Government and Civics

Students learn to achieve civic competence by studying the structures of power, authority, and governance.

AG.4.17

Explain the importance of thoughtful and effective participation in civic life, including the following:

• Performing public service


CONTACT PERSON DETAILS

  Name: Diane Aoki
 Phone: 474-3003
  Email: dianeaoki@gmail.com
Organization/Agency/Business Name: Ayuda Foundation
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