Project Showcased at the UL Young Biologists' School
On November 25th, a session of the Univeristy of Latvia Young Biologists' School took place under the guidance of invertebrate species expert Rūta Starka as part of the LIFE For Species project. During the session, attending students had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the role of researchers and learn more about the assessment of species endangerment according to IUCN criteria, as well as the decision-making process for species to be included in the potential list of especially protected species.
The Young Biologists' School is an educational program for students aimed at fostering interest in biology as a science and potential career path, providing opportunities to expand their knowledge and gain insights into the life of a biology student.
82 students from grades 7 to 12 participated in the session led by R. Starka. Throughout the event, the youths enthusiastically completed tasks, asked questions, and independently carried out various assignments.
During an independent task, students calculated the AOO and EOO of the slender blue-winged grasshopper as well as evaluated it according to the B criterion. Students had to understand where to acquire information about the condition of habitats in Latvia and population trends of species in Europe, and compare historical and contemporary distribution data along with the limitations of their interpretations. Finally, they had to justify the necessity for species protection.
After the session and tasks, students received materials developed during the project - post cards. Additionally, the top three winners in each age group received a project brochure and booklet.
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