Posted on September 28, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Sierra Yellow-legged frog. Photo: USFWS.
Biodiversity crisis growing as more and more species blink out
FRISCO — It’s no secret that many plant and animal species in the U.S. are in danger of disappearing permanently, but a new report from the Endangered Species Coalition brings home the point by highlighting several once-common species teetering on the brink of extinction.
Among them, the mountain yellow-legged frog, with 90 percent of remaining populations supporting fewer than 10 frogs.
“Frogs have successfully thrived on our planet since the time of the dinosaurs, but now the mountain yellow legged frog and 30 percent of all amphibian species are facing extinction due to human actions,” said Jeff Miller with the Center for Biological Diversity, which nominated the mountain yellow-legged frog for today’s report and petitioned for its federal protection in 2000. Continue reading
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Posted on June 17, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Will the Endangered Species Act save the Miami blue butterfly? Photo via USFWS.
40-year-old law seen as bulwark against biodiversity crisis
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — If you can imagine looking up at the night sky and watching familiar stars blinking out forever, then you might have some sense of what’s going on with the planet’s plants and animals in part of the greatest wave of extinctions and biodiversity loss in many thousands of years.
The constellation of life is losing stars at an alarming and increasing rate, including the likely extinction of two Florida butterfly species announced last week by the U.S. Fishd and Wildlife Service — Florida Zestos and rockland grass skippers.
In a press release, conservation groups say the loss of the two species could have been saved with the protection of the Endangered Species Act. Continue reading
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