Students will address the following five things:
1. Living Organisms – students will identify and list as many living organisms (both native and invader) as they can find within the marked boundaries of the site. Additional species may be artificially introduced as mounted or preserved specimens.
Since many of our participants come from parts of the state that are quite different than the Moscow area, below are links to some helpful resources to study the local plants and animals of the Palouse Region in northern Idaho:
2. Non-living Components – students will inventory resources such as water, shelter, etc. upon which resident species depend for survival.
3. Food Web – students will define relationships among the plant and animal species that are found or introduced in the study area.
4. Ecological Succession – students will identify the stages of succession of various grasses, shrubs, and trees. They will also identify causes of changes in succession patterns.
5. Situation Analysis – students will determine whether a healthy balance exists between the environment and the native species that depend upon it. They will also check remediation practices where needed.
Selecting a Local Study Site – Information to help choose a local environmental analysis site to help participants prepare.