|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.
Utah Prairie Dog
Mexican Spotted Owl
Southwestern Willow Flycatcher
Virgin River Chub
San Rafael Cactus
Siler Pincushion Cactus
Last Chance Townsendia
Uintah Basin Hookless
Wright Fishhook Cactus
Clay Reed- Mustard
- Choose one animal or plant from the list and research
- Create a poster board or computer presentation to explain what you
have learned about your animal/plant.
- 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.
- Describe the steps that are being taken to protect the species you
- Share your presentation with your family, friends, or class.
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.
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.
Tortoise Coloring Page a dowloadable page by the Evironmental Protection
Agency. The desert tortoise is one of the endangered species in Utah.