Now, you will focus on one animal species from your taxonomic group that has been found in one or both soft-bottom regions of the LA River. (Note: The name of your LA River group is the taxonomic group you have been assigned to. Your assigned taxonomic group will be one of the following: mammals, birds, insects, fish or reptiles/amphibians. Follow these instructions to view your group assignment (Links to an external site.).)
To see which animal species from your group are present, go to the iNaturalist locations (links below). Then, enter your taxonomic group name into the ‘Species’ box and select the species tab above the map – you will see a list of all of the species from that taxonomic group. If you are in the reptile/amphibian group, you will need to look at reptiles and amphibians separately. As an example, if your taxonomic group was ‘birds’, when you look at the species list for these locations, you might see species like Canada Goose (Links to an external site.) and Snowy Egret (Links to an external site.).
Links to iNaturalist places for soft-bottom stretches of the Los Angeles River:
Each student from your taxonomic group will need to select a unique animal species, so make sure that you look at all of the posts that have been submitted in order to make sure that you do not choose the same species as someone else. You will be focusing on this species for the rest of the assignments for the LA River Project, so choose carefully!.
Tips for selecting a species: