Category: Endangered species

Tiny scoops of water are unlocking worlds of information about Oregon watersheds

Read the full story from Oregon Public Radio.

Environmental DNA, or eDNA, can help identify who’s in a river, stream or creek. Now, it’s helping scientists learn how threatened salmon and trout adapt to a changing environment.

Sounds of Silence: Extinction Is Erasing the Earth’s Music

Read the full story at The Revelator.

Writer Kathleen Dean Moore turns her ear to nature’s sounds and what we’re losing as species disappear.

Shark Populations Are Crashing, With a ‘Very Small Window’ to Avert Disaster

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Oceanic sharks and rays have declined more than 70 percent since 1970, mainly because of overfishing, according to a new study.

What We’ve Lost: The Species Declared Extinct in 2020

Read the full story in the Revelator.

Dozens of frogs, fish, orchids and other species — many unseen for decades — may no longer exist due to humanity’s destructive effects on the planet.

Monarch Butterflies Qualify for Endangered List. They Still Won’t Be Protected.

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Officials said they did not have the money or resources to protect the species even though it meets the criteria under the Endangered Species Act.

Wetlands Study Finds Rare Bee

Read the full story at NYC Water.

The northern amber bumblebee, considered a critically imperiled species in New York state, was discovered this summer in a wet meadow along Schoharie Creek during fieldwork focused on objectively assessing wetlands. New York City’s watershed is now on the very short list of locations where this tiny creature has been found over the last 40 years! As part of the wetlands study, scientists also collected data about pollinators.

A glimmer of hope on vertebrate biodiversity

Read the full story at Cosmos.

It’s been estimated that half to two-thirds of the world’s vertebrate populations, from birds and marine animals to elephants, frogs and snakes, have declined over the past five decades.

But the true picture is somewhat more hopeful, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. These “catastrophic” numbers are driven by a small fraction of populations in extreme decline.

Scientists find Madagascar chameleon last seen 100 years ago

Read the full story from the Associated Press.

Talk about good camouflage!

Scientists say they have found an elusive chameleon species that was last spotted in Madagascar 100 years ago.

Researchers from Madagascar and Germany said Friday that they discovered several living specimens of Voeltzkow’s chameleon during an expedition to the northwest of the African island nation.

In a report published in the journal Salamandra, the team led by scientists from the Bavarian Natural History Collections ZSM said genetic analysis determined that the species is closely related to Labord’s chameleon.

Trapped Between Pavement and the Pacific

Read the full story at Hakai Magazine.

A surprisingly dense and isolated population of Humboldt martens is challenging our assumptions about the species.

How Many Plants Have We Wiped Out? Here Are 5 Extinction Stories

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Botanists have laid out evidence that dozens of North American trees, herbs, plants and shrubs have gone extinct since European settlers arrived.

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