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Carnivores, or animals that eat meat, are important links in the ecosystem as they help control prey populations. As the climate changes, increased temperatures, changes in water availability, and wildfires will impact where carnivores can live.

The activities below will explore how climate change is impacting carnivores and what you can do to help.

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  • Climate Change & Carnivores

    Learn about the impact of climate change on carnivores and how we as humans can help them to adapt to their changing environment.

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    16 minutes

  • How and Why Do We Study Reptiles

    Learn about "herpetofauna" monitoring at Cabrillo National Monument.

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    11 minutes

  • Thru the Lens

    “Thru the Lens” teaches students about wildlife through the lens of camera-trap photos taken in the San Dieguito River Valley.

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    10 minutes

  • Wildlife Camera Photo Review

    You never know who'll come pawing up to our wildlife cams. Tune in to learn about the cameras that capture images of animals and birds in the San Dieguito River Park.

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    39 minutes

  • Exploring Biodiversity & Climate Change

    Learn about how the San Diego Natural History Museum explores biodiversity in order to better understand the impacts of climate change - and how you can do it too!

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    9 minutes

  • Skulls and Pelts Observations

    Grab your nature journal and colored pencils and make observations of some of San Diego's most prominent carnivores.

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    9 minutes

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  • Coyote Origami

    Coyotes and other large animals play an important predatory role in many ecosystems. As temperatures get warmer, and the landscape gets drier, these animals are forced to move closer to urban areas to find water and resources. Get inspired to help with this fun craft!

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    3 minutes

  • How to Make a Coyote Mask

    Coyotes are important omnivores in the ecosystem that help to regulate the populations of other animals. They are found in many North and South American countries and face scarce resources and loss of habitat to climate change and urbanization.

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    31 minutes

  • Mountain Lion Coloring Book Page

    The Mountain Lion is a large predatory cat that lives in many parts of the world, with significant territories in California. As you color in this page, learn more about the Mountain Lion and reflect on ways you can help them!

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  • Haz una Máscara de Coyote

    Los coyotes son omnívoros importantes en el ecosistema que ayudan a regular las poblaciones de otros animales. Se encuentran en muchos países de América del Norte y del Sur y se enfrentan a escasos recursos y pérdida de hábitat ante el cambio climático y la urbanización.

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    29 minutes

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storytelling
 
  • Way Out in the Desert

    Our deserts are so much livelier than you might think! Join Ms. Rosie for a reading of Way Out in the Desert by T. J. Marsh and Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Kenneth Spengler.

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    8 minutes

  • The Coyote and the Rabbit

    The Kumeyaay story of the Coyote and the Rabbit, as told by Stan Rodriguez. Video is part of the Learning Landscapes curriculum produced by the Kumeyaay Diegueno Land Conservancy.

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    9 minutes

  • Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote Tale

    Inspired by a legend of the Karuk people, the story of how Coyote captures fire and how Eagle, Cougar, Fox, Bear and others work together to help is a dramatic tale of bravery and cooperation.

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    9 minutes

  • Carnivores

    But . . . it's lonely at the top of the food chain. It's difficult to fit in when plant eaters can be so cruel—just because you ate a relative of theirs that one time! What's a carnivore to do?

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    8 minutes

  • How Jackrabbit Got His Very Long Ears

    Because he doesn't listen carefully to what the Great Spirit tells him about each of the animals he is supposed to lead to their desert homes, Jackrabbit causes much unhappiness with his careless answers to the animals' questions.

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    9 minutes

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additional resources
 
Climate Science & Carnivores Traveling Trunk

While participating in the Climate Kids activities of art, science, and storytelling, students will gain a better understanding of what carnivores are, the importance of them in our region, and how they will be affected by a changing climate and increased human activity.

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Climate Science + Carnivores Traveling Trunk Training

Learn how to use the Climate Science + Carnivores Traveling Trunk with your student group.

While participating in the Climate Kids activities of art, science, and storytelling, students will gain a better understanding of what carnivores are, the importance of them in our region, and how they will be affected by a changing climate and increased human activity.

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9 minutes

General Climate Kids
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Check out the educational materials, coloring books, and fun activities that cover numerous subject topics!

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Asombro Institute
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San Diego Natural History Museum
San Diego Zoo Global
San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy
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