FYI

At the turn of the 20th century, there were a few million African elephants and about 100,000 Asian elephants. Today, there are an estimated 450,000 – 700,000 African elephants and between 35,000 – 40,000 wild Asian elephants. Refer to the “Suggested Links” tab. The Endangered Species Have Feelings book lists youtube videos to watch and get involved. Education is the bridge that connects your hearts. Learn how they live, care about their families, how they communicate.

The chinook is the largest of the Pacific salmon species and is an important keystone species of the Pacific Northwest. These species hatch and live the first part of their lives in freshwater, then migrate to the ocean to spend their adult lives, which may be as short as 6 months or as long as 7 years. Dams, global warming and habitat impede salmon recovery. Studies indicate that in most western states, about 80 to 90 percent of the historic riparian habitat has been eliminated. Further, it has been estimated that during the last 200 years, the lower 48 United States have lost approximately 53 percent of all wetlands.

Wolves are the most hated and misunderstood animal on the planet. Persecuted since 1627 when Little Red Riding Hood was published, they are thought to be evil and vicious. The Red Wolf is a shy species that once roamed throughout the Southeast as a top predator. It is a smaller and a more slender cousin of the gray wolf; gray-black, with a reddish cast that gives it the color for which it is named. Red wolf populations were decimated by the 1960s due to intensive predator control programs and loss of habitat. In 2013, there were 34 pups born among 7 litters in the wild population, plus one fostered pup. In the captive population, there were five pups born within one litter. Read about these amazing animals. Learn about their dedication to the pack, or family. Study and educate yourself about why they are on the Endangered Species List. Then– speak out–speak up–take action. (See suggested links, youtube videos)

A federal study attributes the massive die-off in American honey bee colonies to a combination of factors, including pesticides, poor diet, parasites and a lack of genetic diversity. Nearly a third of honey bee colonies in the United States have been wiped out since 2006. The estimated value of crops lost if bees were no longer able to pollinate fruits and vegetables is around $15 billion. Become aware that the manufacturers of pesticides are lobbying and in doing so, contributing to bee decline to stop protections at the federal and state level. Again, educate Yourself! Why is the bee endangered? What are the reasons? What is the job of pollinators? How will the loss of their activity influence the food you are used to eating and enjoying? Become aware. Voice support of policies that protect pollinators so that policymakers can be held accountable to the public and not the manufacturers responsible for these pesticides.