Protecting Endangered Species

By: Miranda Blankenship


  • Invertebrate- an animal without a backbone Example: spider, crab, or a ladybug
  • Human impact- things humans do to either to help or destroy the earth Example: global warming

Northern flying squirrel:


What to look for:

  • Small (around ten inches)
  • Large, round black eyes
  • A long flat tail
  • Grey and cinnamon brown fur
  • Creamy white fur on its stomach
  • Loose folded skin between front and rear feet

What its habitat can be like:
  • Deciduous forests
  • Dense to mixed coniferous trees

What it eats:
  • Nuts
  • Acorns
  • Fungi
  • Lichens

It may eat:

  • Fruits
  • Buds
  • Sap
  • Bird eggs
  • Small nestling birds
  • Insects

Their life cycle:

  • They breed between March and May
  • The females usually give birth from anywhere between two to five young
  • The females give birth after carrying the young for around 40 days
  • The female only has one litter a year
  • Their nests can be from an abandoned birds nest, an abandoned woodpecker hole, or even a hole in a tree caused by animals or by decaying
  • They are accustomed to regular food around two months of age
  • When they are three months of age they learn how to glide

Their behavior:

  • They are active at night and throughout the whole year
  • They are very social
  • They may even share a nest or live in groups of eight

Important questions:

  1. How can farming decrease biodiversity?
Farming can decrease biodiversity by only having one crop per farm. It cuts down the variety of plants.

2. Why might farmers want to limit pesticide use on crops?

Farmers might want to limit pesticides used on crops because the wind can blow the pesticides around and it can be harmful to humans.

3. How can deforestation decrease the biodiversity of an area?

Deforestation can decrease biodiversity of an area because there needs to be a variety of trees for there to be biodiversity. If you cut the trees down you wont have that variety that you need.

4. How would the draining of a wetland to make way for a residential development affect the wildlife that lives in that area?

If you were to drain the wetland the creatures that life in that water would die. An example would be fish. They need that water to survive and if you take it away they will die. That's only one example of many!

5. Why should we work to restore the wetlands on the coast of North Carolina?

We should work to restore the wetlands because it is healthy for the environment. Wetlands help the creatures that live in that habitat such as an alligator. We don't want it coming out of there to harm someone do we? No we don't. We should give back to the earth so it will help us! Not only does it provide an environment for animals but it provides water and nutrients to us.