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Science Warriors: The Battle Against Invasive Species (Scientists in the Field)

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There are 6,200 known invasive species in the United States, and scientists are scrambling to stop their unique paths of destruction, which can take a huge toll on regional economies and ecosystems. To effectively combat an invader, scientists must know the organism inside and out: What does it eat? How does it reproduce? What was its environment like in its native home? T ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 27th 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
My only complaint about this book was that it wasn't long enough! Collard discusses the problems caused by invasive species, specifically the brown tree snake on the island of Guam (has already wiped out several species of beautiful birds!), red fire ants in the American southeast, melaleuca trees in the Florida swamps, and zebra mussels in the Great Lakes and Mississippi. These species were introduced either by accident or purposefully as pets or garden plants and quickly took over, with no nat ...more
Confession: I am a huge fan of the Scientists in the Field series, of which Science Warriors: The Battle Against Invasive Species is but one title. These are engaging studies of current and critical topics in science featuring the real-life scientists who are out in the world solving very specific problems. It's priceless to be able to share with students the infinite possibilities that exist for doing fascinating and important work when you apply yourself and pursue your passions.

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Jun 12, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Engaging and informative. I think this book would really grab and inspire the curious late elementary or middle school student. Written well enough to be interesting for adults reading along too.
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Oct 18, 2014 Gretchen Taylor rated it really liked it
Wonderopolis Connection: “What is Kudzu?”

My notes: very dense/challenging text, resource rich (photos, captions, glossary, maps, links, a guide to stopping invasive species, etc.)
Abby Johnson
Sep 29, 2008 Abby Johnson rated it really liked it
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A detailed, readable book about invasive species and the harm they cause to their environment. A species is invasive when it is relocated to a new area and does harm to its new home. Science Warriors gives information about some of these species and the work that scientists do to neutralize their effect on the environment. Great for budding scientists and environmentalists.

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Jan 25, 2009 Kate rated it it was ok
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Short (less than 50 pages) book chronicling the attempts to stop three invasive species in the U.S.

I found the text to be somewhat dry and found myself skimming many of the paragraphs. Unless a student had a project about invasive species, I don't see many kids picking this up.
Jan 03, 2013 Boyd rated it liked it
Interesting book on preventative measures against invasive species in the United States. This book focuses on three main species and details the scientists leading the fight against those species and what they are doing about each one.
Aug 09, 2010 Tricia rated it really liked it
Well-written, engaging, and informative case studies of four invasive species and how we are dealing with them.
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Sneed B. Collard III is a biologist, world traveler, speaker, and author of more than forty books for young people, including Flash Point, Dog Sense, and Double Eagle. Collard holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in Montana.
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