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Exotic species are invading our Great Lakes. Educate the public as to the dangers of these species.

Your Assignment

The newly created Great Lakes Sea Grant League has hired you and your classmates to create a book about invading exotic species!  As part of their educational campaign, each group in this class will create a paper sized poster or fact sheet to present to the class about a chosen species.  Each poster or fact sheet will be placed in a book to be given to Hamlin Beach State Park Office to keep on hand in an effort to educate the public about this growing environmental concern.  The book will also be available online. 


The Task

Using a variety of resources, found in our school library, and online, you are to collect information about your chosen species. You must also find a photograph or drawing of the invader.  You must include the following details in your research:

  • The name of the nonindigenous species
  • Picture or drawing of the species
  • Origins of the species
  • Explanation of how the species was introduced into the Great Lakes
  • Explanation of how the invading species impacts the Great Lakes
  • Describe what is being done, why and by whom, to help control the species

After you have collected your notes and picture, create a poster or fact sheet.  Remember that your poster or fact sheet must have a title.  You must also include a properly formatted works cited page, one per group. 

Great Lakes Aquatic Non-indigenous Species: some of the 184 non-native species established in the Great Lakes.

Great Lakes Aquatic Non-indigenous Species

You say exotic, I say invasive....

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, an exotic species "is a non-native plant or animal deliberately or accidentally introduced into a new habitat. Such species include plants, fishes, algae, mollusks, crustaceans, bacteria, and viruses."  In Science magazine Elizabeth Pennisi reports, "Alien plants, animals, and pathogens cause more than $130 billion per year in damage in the United States alone." 

Names for these species that are able to reproduce and survive outside of their natural habitats are also referred to as:

  • Non-indigenous Plants
  • Non-indigenous Pests
  • Biological Invasions
  • Aliens
  • Introduced species
  • Invasive non-native
  • Non-native species
  • Invasive Plants

One Invasive Species Targets Another

Click here to link to Democrat and Chronicle about a recent development in Lake Ontario.



Academic Integrity

To avoid plagiarism you must cite your sources.  Collectively, as a group, you will hand in one works cited page that shows all the sources your group used in your research. It may be a good idea to start this in Office 365 and share it among the members so everyone can contribute their sources.  It must be in MLA format.  

There copies of the Style Manual in the library if you need one, or it is available online.