Where should animals live?

How does where you live influence who you are? What about animals? What kinds of adaptations have animals undergone to live where they do? What's the best place for different animals to live?

The Virginia Museum of Natural History wants to create a nature preserve. They hope to provide a home in Virginia for bald eagles, river otters, or black bears. You can help the museum! Pick one of the animals and research their habitat. Then design a habitat to for one of these animals. It has to be a habitat found in Virginia.

Here are some guidelines for your presentation to the Museum staff:

Which animal will you pick?

Bald Eagle
Black Bear
River Otter
Bald Eagle
Black Bear
River Otter

Research Documents

Read the following web page about the animal you picked. Take notes on the type of habitat it will require in Virginia.

Pick the Basic Habitat

Select one of the four habitat backgrounds that best matches the needs of the animal you selected. Click on the picture. This will download a PowerPoint file. You'll create the habitat in PowerPoint and describe why you picked what you did in the Notes.

Forest
Forest with Wataer
Forest Habitat
Forest Habitat with Water
Grasslands
Swamp
Grasslands
Swamp

Does your animal need additional plants or landscape features?

Copy the images of any of the plants or landscape features below and add them to your habitat, if necessary. Be sure to describe why you added these.

Tall Tree
medium tree
medium tree
Medium Trees
Medium Trees
palm tree
bamboo
Tall Trees
Palm Trees
Bamboo
cave
grasses
Marsh Grass
Cave
Grasses
Marsh Grass
flowering shrub purple
flowering shrub pink
shrub
shrub
Shrub/Bush
Shrub/Bush
Shrub/Bush
Shrub/Bush

What other animals should live in this habitat?

Copy the images of any of the animals below and add them to your habitat, if necessary. Be sure to describe why you added these.

Duck
Snake
Turtle
Duck
Snake
Turtle
Fish
Rabbit
Frog
Fish
Rabbit
Frog

Scoring Checklist

You can download this checklist to guide your work.

How to copy and paste pictures

If you need a reminder of how to copy images from this page and paste them into PowerPoint, watch the video below.