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Part 2: Conservation Research
You will research your species to find information to answer the questions below. See the Sources section below for requirements on sources.
You want the reader to be interested in this organism, so consider that as you are writing your report. The majority of this report should be in your own words. See the Academic Honesty (avoiding plagiarism) section below for tips on how to research and write your report.
This report will not be done in a research paper format. Instead, once you have researched your species, you will type up the answers to each of the questions individually, and include the source of information for each of your answers. Type your answers in the order they are asked, and keep the numbering. See the Example at the end of this document before you start to write your report!
Questions for Conservation Report:
1. What is the common name and scientific name.
2. Embed a picture of your species or a short video.
3. Write a description of this organism. What does it look like? (This does not have to be a technical description).
4. Where can this species be found today (current range)?
5. Where could this species be found in the past (historic range) before the population started to decline?
6. Describe the basic biology and ecology of the species (e.g., what does it eat? habitat requirements?).
7. Describe the life history characteristics of the species.
· Are they born live or hatched from eggs? Do they have a different form (larval form) when they are young? How long do they live? How often do they reproduce? How many offspring do they have? Do they provide care for their offspring?
8. Provide population information.
· Are there multiple populations or just one? Are all populations in decline? How many individuals are in the current population? How does that compare to the population (# of individuals) in the past?
9. Is this species listed under the Endangered Species Act (for U.S.) or the I.U.C.N. Red List or other list (please specify).
10. What are the threats to this species? Be specific.
11. What conservation efforts are being made to protect this species? Include which organizations are working to protect the species and what strategies they are trying.
12. Have these conservation efforts been successful?
13. What did you find interesting about this species, why did you select it for this report?
Sources
· You must have at least four sources of information.
o Do not use Wikipedia as a source (however, you can take a look at the sources that have been compiled by Wikipedia)
o See below for some information on high-quality sources.
· Number each source in your list of sources (bibliography).
· For each question, you must state the source after that question by placing the number of the source in parenthesis after your answer (See example below).
· You may use MLA or APA (whichever type of citation you are most familiar with).
o See link in Canvas for help with this as well as the example below.
· When using websites, you must include the title of the webpage (specific page you are looking at), and the author (which may be the organization or government agency), as well as the URL!
Read information from a variety of sources, think about the information you have gathered, and then tell the story in your own words.
What is considered a high-quality source?
There is a lot to learn about how to tell if an internet source contains information that is factual, and that is much more than I can go over with you in this class. For this report use some common sense when looking up information – pay attention to where that information is coming from, and what is the purpose of providing that information. If the website has an ”About” page, read it. This will give you information on the purpose of that particular organization. Also, pay attention to the URL extensions. Governmental websites (.gov) like the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, can be great sources of information. You will also find a number of organizational websites (.org) that will also provide good information, for example the website for the IUCN Redlist is a .org. Many education websites (.edu) can provide you with information on current research or other information. Be careful when looking at .edu sites to make sure you are not just looking at information a student posted for a class! Often .com websites are avoided, because they are companies, and you have to ask yourself why they are providing the information to you. However, there are even some .com websites that will provide good information for example, National Geographic is a .com website.
Academic Honesty (avoiding plagiarism)
Please review my policy in the syllabus under Academic Honesty.
To avoid plagiarism:
· Read multiple sources, think about what you have learned about a particular question, and then compose an answer to that question in your own words. Be sure to make a note of which sources you are using for each question.
· When taking notes, if you write something down word for word in your notes, put it in quotations so that you know it is not reworded yet.
· If something would be difficult to reword (for example, a detailed description), then use the description word-for-word and place it in quotation marks (this is called a direct quote).
· The majority of this report should be in your own words. Do not cut & paste answers to questions, put them all in direct quotes, and think that is okay – it is not!
· Provide sources for all information contained in your report.
Part 3: Posting your report
You will post your report to the Conservation Report assignment (NOT to the Species Selection assignment page). This page will be set up like a discussion so that all students can see your work. Instead of uploading your paper, you will cut and paste your information into a discussion posting, and also upload the video (or link to video) or photo in the body of your posting.
Example:
This shows how to indicate which sources are used for each question, and samples of bibliography style. Every answer should have a listing for at least one source! (except for question 13 which is your personal opinion.)
1.Species Name
Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). Other common names are King Salmon and Spring Salmon (Source 1).
2. Picture or video embedded (Source 2)
3. Description
Adult Chinook salmon have two very different appearances, depending on whether they are in the marine environment, or in freshwater. In the marine environment, their bodies are silver. To tell the difference between the salmon species, you can look at the mouth and spots on the tail fins. For chinook the “mouth is dark with black gum lines” and both lobes of the tail have spots. (Source 3). In freshwater their body color changes to olive-brown (Source 4). They can weigh between “10-15 pounds, up to 135 lbs” (Source 2).
Sources (Bibliography)
1. Pacific Salmon Foundation. Chinook. https://www.psf.ca/species-lifecycle/chinook.
2. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Salmon/Steelhead species information. https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/salmon/chinook.html
3. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Pacific Salmon Identification: Marine Phase. https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/pac_salmon_id.pdf
4. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Pacific Salmon Identification: Spawning Phase. https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/salmon/PacificSpawningSalmonIDChart121913.pdf

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