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Albemarle- Pamlico Environmental Education  Activity Kit

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On behalf of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's Bay Estuary Program and the United States Environmental Protection Agency 's National Estuary Program, thank you for showing an interest in the quality of our environment. Public education and involvement will play an important role in restoring fish and wildlife, and their respective habitats in the Albemarle - Pamlico Estuarine area.  This packet contains information sheets with activities that present important issues relating to the area. The goal of this information is to develop an awareness of the problems, the skills, and the commitment needed make responsible decisions that will enhance the productivity of our Sounds. We hope you will utilize this material in your school, club, or organization. Thank you for all you are doing. Together, we can make a difference.

Contents:
These activities can be divided into two major parts: fish, wildlife, and their habitats; and water quality. However, in a system like the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds they are all interrelated. This packet includes a general information sheet on the Albemarle-Pamlico watershed and the concerns about it (So What s Wrong With The Sounds Anyway?). Also there is a sheet of contacts for more information and contacts for problems you may encounter (Who Do I Call? and Environmental Resources, respectively).

PART I: Fish, Wildlife, and Their Habitats

1. More Than Just a Swamp - discusses the types of wetlands and their importance. The activities are a hidden word puzzle and a crossword puzzle.

2. Muddy Rivers, Murky Sounds - discusses erosion and sedimentation and how they harm the Sounds. The activity is a simulation of erosion and sedimentation.

3. Roadblocks For Fish - discusses the problems anadromous fish encounter during their spawning runs. The activity is an imagery exercise.

4. Fish Need Nurseries Too - discusses the lifecycle of migratory marine fish such as the flounder. The activity is an imagery exercise.

5. Ducks and Geese - discusses the importance of waterfowl and the problems they are encountering in North Carolina. The activity is a physically active simulation of some of the problems.

6. Who s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? - discusses the red wolf, an endangered species, and its restoration program in North Carolina. This is a matching activity separating fact from fiction.
 

PART II: Water Quality

7. Nutrients - Too Much of a Good Thing - discusses the problem of nutrient enrichment in the Albemarle-Pamlico system. The activity is an experiment to illustrate these problems.

8. Clean Water - A Precious Resource - discusses the importance of water conservation. The activity demonstrates how much water an individual uses daily.

9. Fit For A Fish: Dissolved Oxygen - discusses what dissolved oxygen is and why it is important. The activity is an experiment to illustrate the need for dissolved oxygen.

10. Fit For A Fish: Chlorine - A Hazardous Waste - discusses the use of chlorine in water treatment and why it can be harmful to fish. The activity is an experiment to show how easily chlorine can be removed from water.
 



So What's Wrong With the Sounds Anyway? - An Educator's Guide

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