Wildlife University: Endangered Species Series

The Endangered Species Series teaches you about endangered and threatened species. Each course provides an in-depth look at important issues in educational and entertaining ways. Most importantly, each course provides you with a variety of ways that you can make a difference for these precious species.

A Safety Net for Wildlife
30 Minutes

The current rate of species extinctions is 100 to 1,000 times greater than the normal rate. Find out how the Endangered Species Act is an important tool to protect species on the brink of extinction. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to protect the fragile web of life, so that they have every opportunity to solve the problems of the world.

Nature's Fire Alarms
30 Minutes

Dwindling wildlife populations and degraded ecosystems are warnings that all is not right with the world. We can address these warnings to help precious wildlife, wild places, and ourselves.

Why Save Endangered Species?
30 Minutes

Why should we save our endangered species from extinction? How does the extinction of so many species impact us? To find out, experience this course now.

Causes of Species Loss and Decline
30 Minutes

Teaches that more than 11,000 species of plants and animals are dangerously close to extinction! This includes one in every four mammals and one in every eight bird species. Why are such large numbers of wildlife in peril? Take this course and find out.

Bald Eagle
30 Minutes

The bald eagle was on the brink of extinction, but today, its recovery is a model for all wildlife. Take this course about a national success story.

Chinook Salmon
60 Minutes

Once so plentiful they were symbolic of the abundance provided by nature, salmon are now a symbol of a species struggling for existence. When you become involved in restoring salmon, you also lend a hand to the other wildlife species that depend on salmon—and you help the ecosystems of which salmon are a part.

Florida Panther
45 Minutes

The magnificent Florida panther is one of the most endangered large mammals in the world. Its recovery remains one of the most important challenges facing wildlife conservationists today. However, despite the challenges, many researchers think the Florida panther can avoid extinction if we take the appropriate actions now.

Freshwater Ecosystems
30 Minutes

Freshwater Ecosystems such as rivers and lakes provide drinking water for people, water for household use, agriculture, and industry, means of transportation, and habitat for fish and other wildlife. However, they are among the most endangered of our planet's resources and have lost a great proportion of their species and habitats than any ecosystem on land.

Gray Wolf
60 Minutes

A victim of prejudice, habitat destruction, and loss of prey, the gray wolf is just a part of history in most states. In other areas, the gray wolf is making a comeback and entire ecosystems are benefiting. Humans caused the wolf's decline and we can also lead to its recovery!

Invasive Species
30 Minutes

Invasive species take a huge toll on natural systems. After habitat loss, invasive species are the number two cause of species decline worldwide. Fortunately, this is one environmental problem where individuals like you can make a big difference.

Karner Blue Butterfly and Other Imperiled Pollinators
30 Minutes

If 75% of all staple crop plants that provide our food rely on pollinators, why are so many pollinators endangered? Take this course to learn more about the Karner Blue butterfly and other pollinators.

Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle
60 Minutes

If sea turtles were able to survive the catastrophic events that led to the extinction of dinosaurs, why are so many facing extinction now? Take this course to find out how you can help save them.

Mauna Kea Silversword
30 Minutes

Meet this weird and wonderful endangered plant that only grows on the rugged slopes of Hawaii's Mauna Kea Volcano. Every 40 years, it grows six feet tall. Find out why Hawaii produces such amazing species and find out how to help endangered plants in your part of the world.

Red-Cockaded Woodpecker
30 Minutes

There are twenty-two species of woodpecker in North America, one of which is the red-cockaded woodpecker, a small bird facing a great danger. Find how how this bird helps many other wildlife in its ecosystem and what you can do to help it.

The Plight of the Houston Toad and Other Amphibians
45 Minutes

The Houston toad is just one member of the broad group of animals known as amphibians. In much the same way that canaries warned miners about an impending disaster in the past, amphibians warn us of environmental problems we face. Take this course and find out just how fascinating amphibians really are.

Whooping Crane
45 Minutes

The majestic whooping crane is one of the most endangered birds in North America. Recovery efforts provide hope that they can be saved from extinction. More work is necessary, and you can make a difference.

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