National Wildlife Federation: Planning Your Research

Pretend that you are a scientist interested in doing whale research.

Choose one of the species from the list to study, and think about what you would like to research about that species. Prepare an imaginary application for a permit to conduct your research.

• Review the current guidelines of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act.
• Provide background for a hypotheical permit application for research on the marine mammal of your

Grade Level: 9-12
Subject Area: science
Time to Complete: Two or more days for research and writing

Science Topics
Conservation & Sustainability, Scientific Method, Zoology
Manatees, Seals, Sea lions, & Walruses, Whales
Social Studies Topics
Government and Political Science
High School, Educator
9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
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