Educational Species Poster

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(Completed within one month of application approval)

Create an educational poster about a local wild animal, and share the poster with your class in the form of a presentation, helping to teach classmates about an awesome local wild creature! Your poster must be completed within one month of application approval.

Project Steps and Guidelines

1.Choose one of the following incredible wild creatures that also lives locally (currently or historically):

American Badger
North American Beaver
Western Grey Squirrel
Bobcat
Black-tailed Mule Deer
Gray Fox
Jackrabbit
Double-Crested Cormorant
Muskrat
North American Porcupine
Raccoon
Brown Pelican
Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse (endangered)
Ridgeway Rail (endangered)
Northern Spotted Owl (threatened)
Western Scrub Jay
Western Gull
Virginia Opossum
Striped Skunk
Western Grebe
Cooper’s Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Anna’s Hummingbird
Acorn Woodpecker
Barn Owl
Great Horned Owl
Western Screech Owl
California Quail
Western Pond Turtle (species of concern)
Turkey Vulture

2. Fill out a Jr. Volunteer application, and send it into WildCare

3. Once you have received official Volunteer approval, begin creating your poster! Posters need to include the following information:

  • Habitat (where does your chosen species live?)
  • Physical Appearance / Physiology (what does the animal look like?)
  • Diet (what does it eat?)
  • Lifespan (how long does this animal typically live?)
  • Ecosystem role (what is the job of this animal within it’s habitat? Think about the food that it may eat, or if this animal is a prey item for other animals.)
  • Common problems that this species faces. Are any of these challenges human caused or increased by humans? (ex. disease, habitat destruction, pollution, lack of food, etc.)
    Must include AT LEAST one photo or drawing of your chosen animal

4. In order to obtain accurate information on your chosen species, we strongly recommend visiting the library and checking out books (such as the ones listed below), or speaking with the librarian about how to find good resources. While you may know a lot about some of these animals, please do not simply draw on what you already know:

Examples of suggested books:

  • Animal by John Woodward
  • The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals Contributors: Sue Ruff and Don Wilson
  • Mammals Contributors: Don Wilson and Juliet Clutton-Brock
  • Birds of North America Contributor: American Museum of Natural History
  • Birds of North America by Fred Alsop

http://www.sfbaywildlife.info/index.htm may be a helpful and accurate web resource

5. Share your educational poster with your class through a presentation. Have your teacher fill out an evaluation form, in order to share feedback with you and with us! Click here for Teacher Evaluation Form.

This form MUST BE SUBMITTED in order to receive recognition for this volunteer project.

6. Volunteers must complete the Project Wrap-Up Questions

7. Email the following to WildCare (volunteer@discoverwildcare.org):

  • A photo with you and your poster. Photos may be posted electronically or physically at WildCare. Please have your parent or guardian fill out and submit a photo permission form. If this is something that you or your parent are uncomfortable with, please let us know and your photo will not be posted on the board.
  • A copy of the completed Teacher Evaluation Form
  • Completed project wrap-up questions (Jr. Volunteers must submit these materials in order to earn official WildCare recognition)