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Through role play as conservation biologists, students will discover what an umbrella species is and how the protection of an umbrella species can indirectly protect many other species who also rely and use the same habitat. Students will work in small groups to make a decision on which species to protect using evidence to back up their choice. This will lead to the discovery of what an umbrella species is and how it can be useful for wildlife managers in making conservation decisions. Students will then have the opportunity to learn more about how the Greater Sage Grouse is considered an umbrella species in the sagebrush ecosystem through the research of UW student Jason Carlisle.
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Fisher, Paige L.; Houseal, Ana K.; Tuthill, Dorothy; and Shim, Jenna, "Lesson 8: Sage Grouse: An Umbrella Species" (2016). 5th Grade Ecology Unit: A Sagebrush Expedition. 5.