What's endangered in your state?
MNN local correspondents fan out across the nation to report on species in peril.
Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 10:12 AM
• A philosophy of protection: A discussion of endangered species in Virginia leads one correspondent to ask, is this a question of appeal, or likeability, of species?
• The biggest cause of population decline in Connecticut's bog turtle is captivity — it's a common household pet.
• The American pika: Why the smallest member of the rabbit family is one of wildlife's biggest players in the struggle against climate change.
• Ecosystems are built upon relationships, and the removal of a single member sends out destructive ripples that may not surface for years.
• What can we do to save the Karner blue butterfly? New York correspondent comments on the state of this Hudson Valley native.
• The gopher tortoise may be the least recognized of Florida's endangered species, but it is vital to the state's ecosystem.
• The mountain sweet pitcher plant has struggled through South Carolina's recent drought.
• New roads are often the first invaders of wildlife habitat, but for the Hine's emerald dragonfly, officials are hoping to mitigate damage by mimicking its natural home.
• The Wyoming pocket gopher doesn't have the sex appeal of a bald eagle, but this Wyoming native needs an ally regardless.
• Maine harbors the last remaining wild populations of Atlantic salmon on the East Coast.
• The cave crayfish of Arkansas is unlike other endangered species. It's relatively unknown, but it plays a vital role.
• It's up to us to save the American alligator of Florida — regardless of how you feel about the animal.
• The eastern cougar, thought to be extinct, continues to be spotted in West Virginia.
• The Indiana bat is losing habitat in Pennsylvania and throughout the Northeast. Meanwhile, Kentucky has the third-largest population of the same species of bat.
• Another correspondent gets hooked on the Indiana bat after watching the mysterious creatures flutter overhead as a child.
• Georgia's sea turtle is one of the largest reptiles in the world.
• Ohio University's mascot may be seen all around campus, but the real bobcat is scarce across the state.
• The endangered spotted turtle battles the city of Chicago for land space, but development generally prevails.
• Amid America's obsession with all things vampire, why don't we show bats a little love?
• Wind turbine farms are the culprit in the demise of the prairie chicken in Oklahoma.
• Little Red Riding Hood would have no trouble making it through the woods in Illinois, where gray wolves are endangered.