Once you have selected an initial topic, the next step is to develop research questions. To begin:
An example is provided below.
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What DO or DON'T I know about the Endangered Species Act (ESA)?
I know it's a law that protects animals, and their habitats, that are in danger of extinction. I believe the law only protects habitats that are within the U.S. boundaries. The gray wolf population, since being protected, has grown substantially in Wisconsin and now Illinois. A farmer in my hometown lost several calves to wolves and lawmakers are considering lifting the endangered status so wolf populations could be controlled with hunting. I don't know what it takes for an animal to be removed from the list and I don't know what the penalties are for violating this act.
What was the Endangered Species Act (ESA) designed to protect?
What animals are currently on the endangered species list?
What penalties are imposed on those who violate the act?
How does an animal get added/removed from the list?
What other countries have legislation to protect animals/habitats?
How does government balance the good of one species with the potential impact (financial or otherwise) to humans?