Burning. Cutting. Destroying. Such activities cause the decrease in plant and animal populations. Humans ravage the land that animals and plants use to survive. The destruction of a plant or animal's habitat is one of the top reasons for extinction. Surviving in the wild is becoming even more difficult for animals because of the rate of human expansion and growth. A major issue in many areas of the United States, habitat fragmentation, has become a key issue — especially in the Quad Cities area.
Since the Quad Cities area sits around the Mississippi River, a large ecosystem of animals and plants use the area as their home. From bald eagles to catfish, we share the area and resources with one another. As animals' habitats become smaller and smaller, due to fragmentation, organisms have a corresponding smaller percent chance of survival. The larger the environment, the more likely an organism will survive due to the large amount of resources.
One of the initiatives to combat habitat fragmentation
is for us to link each fragmented area so the areas are not standing in isolation. We could dramatically increase the rate of survival for the thousands of species that live on the Mississippi River. All animals need is a home — a home to thrive in.