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FW 255: Field Sampling

Task 1: Finding A Species Account

Find and read the species account for your animal. Acquaint yourself with the species' ecology and natural history, including your animal's habitat requirements and seasonal patterns. If your project involves watching multiple species, choose at least one you know you will observe, although, you will likely profit from looking up species accounts for more than one species. 

TIP: You might need to search with both the common or English-language name and the Latin or scientific name.

Visit a site appropriate to your study species' taxa.

  • For some taxa, a field guide might be the only reliable source for basic natural history on your study species. For other taxa, Google search the species name and “species account*” – For example, doing so allowed me to find good information on at-risk species of native bumble bees from the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Please note that further resources may need to be consulted for species that range outside of the Americas.
  • Finally, if none of these options fit your study organism, please ask your Instructor for assistance.

READ AND NOTE: Read the species account to gather details about habits, needs, and patterns. It might help to download and save or copy & print the species account for easy access to this vital information throughout your project. 

For birds visit:

For mammals visit:

For fish visit: