Exercise 4.1: Threatened Species in Canada

Lesson 1.A: Threatened Species in Canada In this activity you will go to the Canadian Wildlife Service website and study one species that is at risk of dying out. The choice is yours, but it must be found in Alberta. It can be plants or animals.

Read "A Glance at a Few Species at Risk in Canada?" http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=58457E41-1

 1.  Which species are at risk:

a.  How many Whooping cranes were there in 2003?
b. How many Swift Foxes were counted in 2000 and 2001?
c. What caused the decline of the Piping Plover?


2. What do the words endangered and threatened mean? What is the difference?


3. Choose an animal from Alberta that is at risk to research. Answer the following questions about this animal:


a. Common Name:
b. The Scientific Name:
c. Taxonomic Group:
d. Risk Category:
e. Where in Canada are they found?
f. Why are they at risk?
g. What can we do to help them recover?