I. Complete the following for your initial post (part A & B):
A. As you’ve now learned in biosphere materials this week, biodiversity is an extremely important component to human survival on Earth. Currently, extinction rates are widespread and increasing. Find an organism currently threatened or endangered with extinction. You may chose flora or fauna anywhere on Earth. Upload an image of the organism and briefly summarize where it is located and why it is in danger of becoming extinct. If you’re interested in a species the United States, see the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service website at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/ for the current threatened/endangered species list. You can search a specific region and/or simply click on the “threatened and endangered animals and plants” lists. You may include maps and/or other images of your organism if you chose. Extra Credit Opportunity (optional; worth 1 point) – feel free to include any other interesting/fun facts or information you find about the species you have chosen.
B. By now you’ve gone through and read about the 17 different biomes on Earth. Choose 1-2 terrestrial biomes to research further and summarize (can be any of the 17 discussed throughout the reading; i.g. Tropical Rainforest, Mediterranean Woodland, Northern Coniferous Forest, Steppe Grassland, etc.). For past B of you initial post, (1) upload at least one image of the biome and summarize it’s main features/characteristics, and (2) discuss where it is located and why it is there. Extra Credit Opportunity(optional; worth 1 point) – feel free to include any other interesting/fun facts or information you find about the terrestrial biome you have chosen.
As always – be sure to cite your sources using MLA format and use complete sentences. Your initial post should be a minimum of 250 words. See the “Initial Post” Rubric below for further grading details.
II. For your follow-up post you must respond to at least one of your classmates initial post (worth 5 points). Introduce yourself to them. Provide comments/feedback on what they wrote in their initial post and/or ask questions. Your follow-up post should be thoughtful, through, and aim to generate discussion. You are encouraged to respond to multiple classmates, but the minimum requirement is one. Your follow-up post should be at least 100 words minimum. Lastly, remember this is an academic forum – complete sentences, correct spelling and punctuation are part of your grade. See the “Follow-Up Post” Rubric below for further grading details.