M2A2: Local Biodiversity: Species at risk of
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species are already or are becoming threatened with extinction every day around
the globe. There are many species we do not know about (have not yet been
discovered) let alone know if they are on the verge of extinction or not.
However, we do know of a great number of species that are either locally or
globally threatened with extinction. Funding for biodiversity conservation is
always limited, thus it is important to first properly research and present
what is known about a species (or ecosystem) that is threaten or endangered to
be able to look for effective solutions and be successful at procuring
resources for a conservation project.
For this assignment, you will research a
species that is endemic and endangered (i.e., threatened with extinction)
in your local area. This activity is a stepping stone for understanding and
evaluating the scientific and policy-making views on prioritizing conservation.
One widely used approach is to focus on saving endangered species or
populations, but here you will analyze and present the current status of
This is the first part of a two-part project
in this course. In the second part (due in Module 6) you will be researching
and presenting measures taken to save/rehabilitate this particular species in
your local area.
Use Excelsior Library guide for finding
peer-reviewed articles (Links to an external site.)Links to an
external site. [PDF, File Size 306 KB] as well as
resources such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
list, which you can search by state; the International Union for the
Conservation of Nature (Links to an external site.)Links to an
external site.; or the International Union for the
Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species (Links to an external
site.)Links to an external site., to find an endangered
species in your area that you would like to focus on for this assignment.
You will create a posting as if you were
creating a blog post. Create a post as if you wanted to share information with
a large audience out on the web (your posting will actually be private to this
course but imagine that you are posting it to the web). Your blog should be
about 700 words (not including references) and you should be writing it having
in mind an audience of adults of various ages and backgrounds from your local
community. Write it in a Word document to submit for this assignment.
You should include information about the species
natural history, ecology, threats to its habitat, status of its conservation,
pictures of your selected species, and reasons why it is important to protect
or rehabilitate this species. You may discuss the role of this species for the
structure and healthy functioning of the ecosystem to which it belongs (for
example, are other species dependent on this species? Could the local
extinction of this species result in a cascading effect? Is the proper
functioning of the ecosystem affected if this species is removed?) Also,
discuss economic, social, or cultural impacts expected if this species is not
Make sure to include a
reference list for your sources (please use credible sources, preferably
published journal articles and institutional reports). Excelsior Library has
several databases that can be searched for such supporting resources.You may
find these Excelsior OWL resources helpful for this assignment: Research Strategies (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.,
Evidence (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and
*** This is part 1 of a project. All
instructions are listed above please ask questions if you have any.