How does habitat quality affect Whooping Cranes and other coastal species in the Texas Coastal Bend? The International Crane Foundation, in collaboration with Hamline University’s Center for Global Environmental Education and the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, have developed Estuaries in the Balance: The Texas Coastal Bend for school (grades 4-8) and public audiences to explore topics of biodiversity, habitat quality and watershed management. Click here to view the overview video for the program.
This free, multimedia program highlights how Whooping Cranes, blue crabs, redfish and oysters depend on healthy estuaries. Videos and interactive games (right) help the user understand how freshwater flows and salinity levels affect habitat quality for the different species in the Texas Coastal Bend estuaries and emphasize the importance of watershed management. The program curriculum is multi-disciplinary and includes a teacher’s guide that adheres to Texas state academic standards in science and social studies.
This project is supported by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, The Brown Foundation, The Trull Foundation and International Crane Foundation member donations.