Category: Endangered species

‘No one knew they existed’: wild heirs of lost British honeybee found at Blenheim

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Thousands of rare forest honeybees that appear to be the last wild descendants of Britain’s native honeybee population have been discovered in the ancient woodlands of Blenheim Palace.

The newly discovered subspecies, or ecotype, of honeybee is smaller, furrier and darker than the honeybees found in managed beehives, and is believed to be related to the indigenous wild honeybees that foraged the English countryside for centuries. Until now, it was presumed all these bees had been completely wiped out by disease and competition from imported species.

A nose for science: Conservation dogs may help in search for endangered Franklin’s bumblebee

Read the full story in The Revelator.

Handlers hope a mutt named Filson can sniff out a pollinator no one has seen in 15 years.

Tracking endangered bats across Indiana forests

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New research published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management is the result of painstaking work which involved catching, radio tagging and tracking endangered Indiana bats and threatened northern long-eared bats. 

The Midwest lost two species to extinction, and humans are largely to blame

Read the full story from KCUR.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently declared 23 species, including birds, freshwater mussels and a flower, extinct. Two of those species — the ivory-billed woodpecker and the tubercled-blossom pearly mussel — used to find habitat in the Midwest.

Both species were driven to extinction in different ways, but human disruption of their habitats is the undeniable underlying cause.

Rusty patched bumble bee stalls construction over Bell Bowl Prairie

Read the full story from Northern Public Radio.

The discovery of a foraging rusty patched bumble bee stalled construction on an expansion project at the Chicago Rockford International Airport — but only for a while. Environmental advocates want the delay to be permanent. They say the project would destroy one of the last remnants of the state’s original prairie.

See also the Chicago Tribune’s story dated Oct 22: Endangered bumblebee is blocking Rockford airport expansion that will destroy rare prairie — but only for another week.

Feds’ plan to save endangered rusty patched bumble bee misses mark, critics say

Read the full story from WTTW.

Four years after the rusty patched bumble bee was placed on the endangered species list, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released its final recovery plan for the insect, a plan critics say manages to go too far and yet not far enough at the same time.

Here are the 23 species the Interior Department declared extinct

Read the full story at The Hill.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) on Wednesday confirmed the extinction of 22 animal species and one plant that had previously been listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland warned that climate change will exacerbate the conditions that led to their extinction, saying “now is the time to lift up proactive, collaborative, and innovative efforts to save America’s wildlife.”

Race to save frogs, quokkas, parrots and koalas from extinction helped by new threat database

Read the full story from the Australian Broadcasting Company.

Researchers have collaborated to create Australia’s first comprehensive list of conservation threats. The two highest ranking threats are habitat loss and invasive species. Experts say the document is “useful” and could help protect threatened species.

Komodo dragon in danger of extinction as sea levels rise

Read the full story in The Guardian.

The komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard, is threatened with extinction as rising water levels driven by the climate crisis shrink its habitat, according to the latest “red list” update.

In the Amazon, the world’s largest reservoir of biodiversity, two-thirds of species have lost habitat to fire and deforestation

Read the full story at Inside Climate News.

A new report finds that up to 85 percent of threatened animal and plant species have had their habitat damaged by mining, agriculture or logging.

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