Utah's Plants and Animals - Save Me!
At different times species can be listed as endangered or threatened. An endangered species could become extinct. A threatened species could become endangered and if not protected could become extinct. How we manage and protect these species determines whether they are endangered or threatened. The populations can change. The chart below, from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, lists some of Utah’s endangered plants and animals.
Utah Prairie Dog
Mexican Spotted Owl
Southwestern Willow Flycatcher
Virgin River Chub
Barneby Ridge-Cress (Peppercress)
San Rafael Cactus
Siler Pincushion Cactus
Last Chance Townsendia
Uintah Basin Hookless Cactus
Wright Fishhook Cactus
Clay Reed- Mustard
- Create a poster board or computer presentation to explain what you have learned about an endangered plant and animal you have researched. You may make a drawing of your species, or you may include a photograph.
- Tell about your species (what it looks like, why it is endangered, and what makes it important).
- Describe the steps that are being taken to protect the species you have chosen.
- Share your presentation to with your family or class.
Reference sources you might use for this project:
Your school or local library or the Internet. Below is a list of Internet pages which may be helpful.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife threatened and endangered species page.
The Utah State University Extension Office has produced a document about Endangered and Threatened Animals of Utah (pdf). This page provides a description of each species. There is a great description about the habitat in which each lives. Information about why the species dropped in numbers along with the recovery efforts for the species are included. There is a map of where the endangered species probably lived in Utah.
One endangered species is the desert tortoise. The Environmental Protection Agency has a desert tortoise coloring page to download and color.