Vanishing Wildlife: Ten American Species Our Children May Never See
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Vanishing Wildlife: Ten American Species Our Children May Never See is a report from the Endangered Species Coalition. Learn more about our work and ways you can take action to protect endangered species at www.endangered.org and @endangered on Twitter.
2. Ninety-five percent of the Sierra Nevada and Southern California mountain yellow-legged frogpopulations have gone extinct due to human degradation of their habitats. Lakes we’ve stocked withtrout are devoid of tadpoles, and pesticide contamination causes mutations, sterility, and death.More than 1,800 species of frogs currently face extinction.Photo Credit: Adam BacklinMountain Yellow-legged Frog 3. Monarch ButterflyMonarch butterflies are totally dependent on milkweed for survival, but the wide-spread use ofpesticides such as RoundupTM is killing off milkweed across hundreds of acres of the monarch’s coresummer habitat. Illegal logging in their Mexican winter refuge further imperils the monarch’s survival.Photo Credit: Derek Goldman 4. North Pacific Right WhaleThe North Pacific right whale is the most endangered whale on Earth; there may be only thirty leftin U.S. waters. Lack of genetic diversity and diminishing food sources due to climate change aremajor threats, but human activities—oil spills, ship strikes, and the Navy’s live sonar testing—maybe sounding the death knell for this marine mammal.Photo Credit: Jim Scarff 5. Great White SharkOnly about 350 adult great white sharks remain off the coasts of California and Mexico. Huntingthese sharks is illegal, but hundreds of young sharks are inadvertently caught in fishing nets anddie each year. Great white sharks are the largest predatory fish and are important to maintainingbalance in their ocean ecosystem.Photo Credit: Solarseven 6. Little Brown BatLittle brown bats are in peril due to white-nose syndrome, an illness caused by a deadly fungus fromEurope. These bats are virtually extinct in their core Northeast range, and to 99 percent have died inaffected areas. Weakened immune systems due to pesticide exposure and human disturbance in theircaves are also factors in their demise.Photo Credit: Ivan Kuzmin 7. Whitebark PineWhitebark pine forests used to be plentiful high in the Rockies, but climate change has allowed beetleinfestations and fungal disease to destroy these trees. More than 100 species depended on this pine forshelter and food, and the pine’s shading limbs regulated snow melt well into summer.Photo Credit: Christine Wilcox 8. Rusty Patched BumblebeeThe rusty patched bumblebee is a critical pollinator. Its “buzz pollination” produces tomatoes that areconsistently larger and sweeter than those produced by other pollination techniques. The rusty patchedbumblebee is threatened by diseases from commercial bumble bees. All bumblebees face threats fromthe use of neonicotinoid pesticides on plants that can even make their nectar and pollen toxic.Photo Credit: Sarina Jepsen 9. Greater Sage-grouseThe greater sage-grouse’s habitat once encompassed nearly 300 million acres, but their range hasdeclined dramatically as humans have moved in to drill and graze livestock. Hundreds of miles of roadshave fragmented sage-grouse populations, which are in peril due to our aggressive degradation of theirhabitat.Photo Credit: Steve Fairbairn/USFWS 10. Polar BearPolar bears are entirely dependent on ice for fishing, and a large adult requires an average of 4 to5 pounds of seal blubber every day just to maintain its weight. But as climate change alters theirhabitat, they are being forced inland for denning, breeding, and feeding.Photo Credit: ekvals 11. Snake River Sockeye SalmonFederal dams block the lower Snake River, making it almost impossible for these salmon to migrate totheir spawning grounds high in the Rocky Mountains. These are the most endangered salmon in theworld, but scientists agree that they can make a comeback if the river is unblocked so they cancomplete their life cycle by migrating to and from Redfish Lake .Photo Credit: Fish Eye Guy Photography 12. Report developed byin partnership with
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