In this activity, students gain an understanding of the importance of genetic diversity within a population.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • identify possible outcomes of a lack of genetic diversity within a population of translocated bird species
  • identify requirements for genetic diversity within bird populations
  • discuss why scientists need to consider genetic diversity when preparing for a translocation of a threatened population.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • discussion questions
  • extension ideas.
    Published 8 July 2010