Introduction | Aquaint Yourself | Assignment | Database Tutorial | Additional Resources | Submit Your Answers | Your Findings


The purpose of this assignment is to discover more about endangered species and the factors contributing to specie losses world-wide, as well as how to use online databases for exploration. You will conduct research on an endangered species of your choice using an on-line endangered species database and submit the results of your search using the form provided.

The information you are required to find is as follows and can be found by researching the free online database shown below.

Specie Information

  • Common Name
  • Scientific Name
  • Informal Taxonomy
  • Kingdom
  • Phylum
  • Class
  • Order
  • Family
  • Genus
  • Genus Size

Visit the "Database Tutorial" page to see a video explaining how to search this particular database. Once you have found all your answers, please submit them using the form on the "Submit Your Answers" page.

All form fields on the "Answer Form" are required except for those marked as optional. Although comments to me about the activity and your experience completing it is optional, I truly hope you send them! A photo of your chosen specie is also optional, however, they would be a nice addition to the "Your findings" page.

Database You'll Use to find Your answers

NatureServe Explorer - An authoritative source for information on more than 70,000 plants, animals, and ecosystems of the United States and Canada. Explorer includes particularly in-depth coverage for rare and endangered species.


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