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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Global Change Research Program


3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Videos, 13 minutes, 16 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States


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Climate Change Wildlife and Wildlands

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  • In this video, students will learn about the ways that climate change impacts wildlife and their habitats. 
  • Students will learn about solutions for fighting climate change, including reducing, recycling, and reusing, conserving energy, building backyard habitats, and becoming citizen scientists. 
Teaching Tips


  • Each concept is illustrated with a specific animal or plant example.
  • This is a good overview of the climate change impacts has on terrestrial and marine life and their habitats.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers can find information on how to use this video in the classroom by clicking on the link to Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness.
  • The video was produced in 2009 so the video resolution is not very high.


  • Students could watch short segments of this video over a series of classes instead of watching the entire video at once.
  • In biology or environmental science classes students could choose an animal or plant to research and find out how climate change impacts their habitat.
  • Other resources on this topic include this video on the collapse of biodiversity, this Khan Academy video on conservation and the effort to maintain biodiversity, and this video about how humans impact the environment.
Scientist Notes
This resource spotlights the need for wildlife and biodiversity conservation. It is simplified and recommended for students understand the relationship between living organisms and climate.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • 5-ESS2-1 Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
      • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
      • MS-LS2-5 Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
    • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
      • MS-LS4-5 Gather and synthesize information about the technologies that have changed the way humans influence the inheritance of desired traits in organisms.
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