Theme: Ecological diversity, and biomes,

In a brief walk through the museum, observe several dioramas (three-dimensional representation of natural environments) starting with a map of North American biomes and ecological subdivisions on the first floor. Continue to Halls of North American Forests, North American Mammals, and Ocean life, all on the first floor and finish your journey observing Hall of Birds of the World (Second Floor), starting with

1. Biogeographic vegetation map of North America (First floor, near North American Forests); identify the major biomes and try to describe the plants, animals that represent the following exhibits:

I. In North American Forests identify the biomes for:

1. Giant Cactus Forest

2. Timberline in northern Rocky Mountains

3. Olympic Rain Forest

4. Oak-Hickory Forest

II. In North American Mammals

1. Bison and Pronghorn

2. Alaskan Moose

3. Mountain Lion

III. In Hall of Ocean Life

1. Pacific Penrhyn Pearl Divers

2. Andros Coral Reefs

IV. In Hall of Birds of the World

1. American Tropical Rainforest

2. High Andes

3. Tundra

4. European Alps

5. Gobi Desert

For all Biomes and ecological representations, we may ask the following:

1) Which of the biomes has the most fragile ecology?

2) Which are the most affected by human activity?

3) In which Biome, if natural, would you like to live?

Think: What would happen if nature couldn’t repair the damage inflicted by humans?


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