Vocabulary: Definitions and context
- Conservation: Wise use of resources
- Context: Thanks to conservation, American alligators are no longer on the endangered species list.
- Conservationist: someone who works to conserve nature
- Context: Anyone can be a conservationist, even you!
- Conserve: to use things wisely
- Context: When we thought we might lose eastern turkey's we began to work hard to conserve them.
- Endangered: Species of plants and animals in danger of becoming extinct
- Context: Whooping cranes are still an endangered species.
- Extinct: when a species has died out and is gone forever
- Context: Whooping cranes almost went extinct. There were only 16 left when we started to conserve them!
- Habitat: the special place a plant or animal must live
- Context: The biggest habitat for the Houston toad is in the Lost Pines of Bastrop State Park.
- Land steward: someone who takes good care of the land
- Context: Texans have been such good land stewards that we now have over 4 million white-tailed deer!
- Population: the total number of something that still lives
- Context: The population of white-tailed deer in Texas is bigger than any other state in the country!
- Species of Concern: An animal or plant species we're still worried about
- Context: Even when an animal seems to be doing well it still might be a species of concern.
- Species: a type of plant or animal
- Context: Eastern browns are the only species of pelicans that dive head first into the water for fish.
- Threatened: Species of plants and animals close to being endangered
- Context: Peregrine falcons used to be endangered, but now are considered threatened.
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