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Lesson 8: Habitat Fragmentation and Species Survival


The last two lessons explored how specific events impact biodiversity. This lesson adds to the concept that biodiversity is impacted by events. One such event is a change in land use. Habitat loss and fragmentation in urban settings impacts the survival of many species. Through this sequence of activities, students will find that the more connected and closer the habitat patches, the more likely the population is to survive. After exploring the online simulation, students will consider best practices for designing green space in their own urban area so that species are able to immigrate between the patches and increase the likelihood of survival.