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At different times, species are listed as threatened or endangered. A threatened species can become endangered. An endangered species, if not protected, can become extinct. How we manage and protect these species determines whether they are threatened or endangered. The chart below, from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, lists some of Utah’s endangered plants and animals.

Black-footed Ferret

Grizzly Bear

Gray Wolf

Utah Prairie Dog

Bald Eagle

Peregrine Falcon

Mexican Spotted Owl

Southwestern Willow Flycatcher

Humpback Chub


Razorback Sucker

June Sucker

Virgin River Chub

Colorado squawfish


Desert Tortoise

Kanab Ambersnail

Utah Valvata

Dwarf Bear-Poppy

Welsh’s Milkweed

Deseret Milk-Vetch

Heliotrope Milk-Vetch

White Sedge

Jones' Cycladenia

Maguire Daisy

Barneby Ridge-Cress (Peppercress)

Kodachrome Bladderpod

San Rafael Cactus

Siler Pincushion Cactus

Winkler Cactus

Clay Phacelia

Maguire Primrose

Last Chance Townsendia

Uintah Basin Hookless Cactus

Wright Fishhook Cactus

Ute Ladies'-Tresses

Autumn Buttercup

Clay Reed- Mustard

Barneby Reed-Mustard

Shrubby Reed-Mustard

  1. Choose one animal or plant from the list and research that animal/plant.
  2. Create a poster board or computer presentation to explain what you have learned about your animal/plant.
  3. Tell about your species (what it looks like, why it is endangered, and what makes it important). Include a drawing of your species, or you may include a photograph.
  4. Describe the steps that are being taken to protect the species you have chosen.
  5. Share your presentation with your family, friends, or class.

Some reference sources you can use for this project are 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.

Endangered and Threatened Animals of Utah is a document by the Utah State University Extension Office. This page provides a description of each species, the habitat in which each lives, why the species dropped in numbers, and the recovery efforts for the species. There also is a map of where the endangered species probably lives in Utah.

Desert Tortoise Coloring Page a dowloadable page by the Evironmental Protection Agency. The desert tortoise is one of the endangered species in Utah.

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Want to share photos of you or your friends doing this activity? Send it in an e-mail with the following information:

  1. The title of the activity
  2. The URL (Internet address)
  3. Your name.

Remember that no pictures can be used that show student faces or student names on it. 

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Updated October 24, 2008 by: Glen Westbroek

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