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For this project, you will be researching 10 organisms to create a photo atlas. Pay careful attention to the directions under each group of organisms. Scroll all the way down to view the detailed rubric.

Separate your post into 5 sections:

Plants

Insects

Reptiles

Birds

Mammals

Plants

Identify three plants that can attract pollinators (e.g., bees, birds, bats, butterflies, etc.)

For each plant, you need to include the following:

  • Photo embedded in the submission
  • Common name of the plant
  • Genus name of the plant (Genus names are always italicized)
  • What type of pollinators the plant attracts
  • Whether the plant is native to Florida (follow the chart below to complete this point)

FL native chart

Good resources to identify plants are:

Florida Wildflower Foundation: https://flawildflowers.org/ (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

iNaturalist app: https://www.inaturalist.org/ (Links to an external site.)

Southeastern Flora ID: http://www.southeasternflora.com/SearchForm.php (Links to an external site.)

Florida Native Plant Society: https://www.fnps.org/plants (Links to an external site.)

And a good resource to identify whether your plant is native to Florida or considered to be invasive:

USF Plant Atlas: http://www.plantatlas.usf.edu/flip/ (Links to an external site.)

University of Florida Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants: https://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/ (Links to an external site.)

For Example,

dune daisy

Dune daisy

Genus Helianthus

Dune daisies are native to Florida and attract bees, birds, and butterflies.

Insects

Identify two insects. Make sure you understand the difference between an insect and an arachnid!

For each insect, you need to include the following:

  • Photo embedded in the submission
  • Common name of the insect
  • Genus name of the insect (Genus names are always italicized)
  • Whether the insect is native to Florida (This is just yes or no – in a complete sentence)

Reptiles

Identify two reptiles.

For each reptile, you need to include the following:

  • Photo embedded in the submission
  • Common name of the reptile
  • Genus name of the reptile (Genus names are always italicized)
  • Whether the reptile is native to Florida (This is just yes or no – in a complete sentence)

Birds

Identify two birds.

For each bird, you need to include the following:

  • Photo embedded in the submission
  • Common name of the bird
  • Genus name of the bird (Genus names are always italicized)
  • Whether the bird is native to Florida (This is just yes or no – in a complete sentence)

Mammals

Identify one mammal (NOT a domesticated species or caged animal).

For each mammal, you need to include the following:

  • Photo embedded in the submission
  • Common name of the mammal
  • Genus name of the mammal (Genus names are always italicized)
  • Whether the mammal is native to Florida (This is just yes or no – in a complete sentence)

A good resource for correctly identifying animals is:

https://www.inaturalist.org (Links to an external site.)

A good resource for identifying whether a species is native to Florida is:

http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/nonnatives/

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