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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Biology, Career Skills

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  • Articles and Websites

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Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New York, Central & Western NY

The "Bald Eagle Success Story" of Central NY

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  • This article examines the success story of the endangered Black Tern in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex near Syracuse, New York.
  • Students will learn about the ongoing habitat restoration, which assists in the population growth of the Black Tern and other marsh species of conservation concern.
Teaching Tips


  • The article includes photographs clearly illustrating the habitat of the Black Terns.
  • The article highlights the science career of a biologist as one in which a person can be outside and work in nature.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have a basic understanding of the various causes of a species becoming endangered.
  • Vocabulary is somewhat rigorous, so a definition list or graphic organizer will be helpful.


  • English teachers can have students read the article and conduct further research about local endangered species as preparation for an academic paragraph.
  • Science teachers can have students investigate habitat degradation at the local level, as well as climate solutions designed to improve those habitats.
  • There are links to related articles at the bottom of the webpage so teachers can create a mini-unit based on the content.
  • Science teachers can discuss the importance of maintaining native species and the problems with invasive species.
Scientist Notes
This resource discusses Black Terns in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex in central NY. The article covers conservation efforts, invasive species, and how and why the Black Tern population has nested in the wetlands again. The information presented is accurate, and this resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
      • MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
      • MS-LS2-5. Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
      • HS-LS2-1. Use mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.CR.6.1 Cite textual evidence and make relevant connections to support analysis of what an informational text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
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