10 AMERICAN SPECIES IN
NEED OF CONNECTIVITY
photo credit: Heather Green/www.heathergreenphoto.com
In the course of a year, spotted turtles typically visit different types of wetlands,
but habitat fragmentation has taken a toll on these frequent travelers.
photo credit: iStock.com/Najashots
The Florida panther once roamed a large area of the Southeast. But
habitat loss and persecution—there was a bounty in Florida on panther
scalps until 1950—drastically reduced its numbers.
photo credit: David Shindle, FWC
KARNER BLUE BUTTERFLY
With the loss of the wild lupine flower, the Karner blue butterfly is now
found only in tiny holdouts in about half the states it once called home.
The pallid sturgeon survived ice ages and even the asteroid hit that wiped out
the dinosaurs, but dams have brought this “living fossil” close to extinction.
photo credit: Joel Sartore, www.joelsartore.com
LESSER PRAIRIE CHICKEN
There were once as many as 2 million lesser prairie chickens. Today only about
1 percent of that number remains in their five-state range.
photo credit: Larry Lamsa
CALIFORNIA TIGER SALAMANDER
The California tiger salamander continues to decline due to habitat
fragmentation and loss—90 percent of California’s vernal pools are gone.
photo credit: Michael Starkey
Grizzly bears used to roam throughout the American West, but by the early
1900s, they’d been shot, poisoned, and trapped out of most of the country.
photo credit: Kim Keating, USGS
The palila, a finch-billed honeycreeper once found on three Hawaiian
islands, is now restricted to one slope of one dormant volcano —less
than 5 percent of its historic range.
photo credit: Robby Kohley
EASTERN PRAIRIE FRINGED ORCHID
As wetlands continue to be drained and developed, there are 70
percent fewer eastern prairie fringed orchids.
photo credit: Joshua Mayer
MEXICAN GRAY WOLF
Humans once targeted Mexican gray wolves for destruction. We can right
that wrong by giving these animals the wildlands they need to recover.
photo credit: Robin Silver
Dams on rivers in the Northwest kill millions of juvenile Chinook salmon
each year and these outdated structures block adults trying to make their
way back to spawning grounds.
photo credit: Dan Cook, USFWS
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