Fall 2024

Defending Nature

How the US Military Protects Threatened and Endangered Species

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

The United States Department of Defense has more than four hundred military bases across the country. They are used to house and train personnel, keep watch of enemies, support allies, and . . . protect America’s plant and animal species. The Sikes Act of 1960 and the Endangered Species Act of 1973 require military bases to collaborate with federal land management agencies to protect the endangered or at-risk species within their borders. On Eglin Air Force Base, scientists and soldiers work together to study and manage endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers, gopher tortoises, and reticulated flatwoods salamanders. Discover the unique challenges endangered species face and the work the military is doing to protect them.

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On pre-order until 09/10/2024
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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, Animals, STEM, STEM: Earth Science, STEM: Engineering, STEM: Life Science/Animals, STEM: Life Science/Plants, STEM: Physical Science, STEM: Technology
Copyright 2025
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 56
Publication Date 2024-09-10
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF003270, JNF025130, JNF037020
Dewey 591.6809759/99
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Guided Reading Level Y
Features Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Maps, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Source notes, and Starred Reviews

Author: Sneed B. Collard III

Sneed B. Collard III has written more than fifty highly acclaimed books for young people including The Prairie Builders, Border Crossings, Little Killers, and the novels, Dog Sense and Flash Point. He lives with his family in Missoula, Montana.

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“With an original subject, an engaging text, and a color photo on nearly every page, this book offers an intriguing look at conservation on military bases.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Essential, and eye-opening, reading for serious students of wildlife conservation.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews