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Endangered Means There’s Still Time

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Endangered Means There’s Still Time Endangered species are like fire alarms. They tell us about problems in our home we call Earth. If we listen to their alarm calls, they could help us improve our lives and the health of our planet.

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Definitions Endangered A species of plant or animal that is in immediate danger of becoming extinct and needs protection to survive . Threatened A species is likely to become endangered if it is not protected Extinct A species of plant or animal that is no longer living.

Dusky Seaside Sparrow:

Dusky Seaside Sparrow Last of these birds died in 1987 Sparrows lost their homes as marshes were destroyed

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Endangered Means There’s Still Time An endangered species is one that is getting close to extinction. Black Rhino of Africa

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Endangered Means There’s Still Time Gray wolves are also endangered in most of the lower 48 states.

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Endangered Means There’s Still Time A threatened species is just a step behind, and may soon become endangered if we don't help.

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Endangered Means There’s Still Time Poachers cut off their ivory tusks to make carvings and sell them for money. African Elephant

Ways That Species Become Endangered:

Ways That Species Become Endangered Habitat loss Unregulated or illegal killing or collection Pesticides, pollution Competition with other species Disease Predation

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Endangered Means There’s Still Time It is because of habitat loss that spotted owls are threatened. Different aged trees like this are perfect for owls nests, food, shelter and protection from predators.

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Endangered Means There’s Still Time The spotted owl's problem started years ago when old growth forests were cut faster than they could regrow . The spotted owl is our fire alarm to the problem of over-cutting our forests.

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Endangered Means There’s Still Time Whooping cranes need wetlands for food and protection. Historically, wetlands were considered wastelands, suitable only for mosquitoes and draining

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Endangered Means There’s Still Time When wetlands are drained of all their water, this is habitat loss.

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Endangered Means There’s Still Time Prairie dogs were considered pests by the settlers Thousands of prairie dog towns were killed off Without the prairie dogs, the ferrets had no food Ferrets depend on these prairie dogs for food.

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Endangered Means There’s Still Time There are two reasons why tigers are endangered, habitat loss and illegal killing.

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Endangered Means There’s Still Time Certain human activities are also the main problem facing the endangered manatee, or sea cow.

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Endangered Means There’s Still Time Sometimes speed boats run over the manatees.

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Endangered Means There’s Still Time Not all endangered species are mammals and birds we are familiar with.

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Endangered Means There’s Still Time All living things, from mammals to fish and insects, are connected and depend on each other for survival. All living things are connected to each other including humans.

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Endangered Means There’s Still Time It has been estimated that a disappearing plant can take with it up to 30 other species.

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Endangered Means There’s Still Time Endangered species show us that our world may not be as healthy as we think. The use of a dangerous pesticide called DDT caused bald eagles to begin laying eggs with shells so thin they often broke.

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DDT was being used on farms to control agricultural pests . Brown pelicans also signaled the DDT alarm to us when their egg shells started thinning.

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Endangered Means There’s Still Time The system of living things depending on one another is called an ecosystem.

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It is the job of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to manage over 500 refuges with over 90 million acres for the conversation of endangered species, ecosystems, and natural diversity.

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In 1973, the Endangered Species Act was passed by our government to protect disappearing plants and animals.

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More than 900 species of plants and animals in the U.S., and more than 530 species living in other parts of the world, are protected by the Endangered Species Act.

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According to the Act, it is illegal to import, export, or sell animals and plants on the list across state lines.

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What can you do to help endangered species? The most hope for endangered species lies in the hands of young people like you who care enough to make a difference.

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Learn as much as you can about endangered species in your area Visit a nearby national wildlife refuge or nature center Volunteer to help Don’t buy species illegally taken from the wild Don’t buy products made from threatened or endangered species.

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Endangered Means There’s Still Time

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