Endangered Species

How close is the danger, really?

It's a local problem

A lot of times when people think of endangered animals, they envision exotic animals far off in other countries. While this might make people sad, it does not really make a personal impact on people, since these creatures are so far away. What some people do not seem to realize is that there are species everywhere that are endangered, and we, the population of this earth, are responsible.


Pondberry

Pondberry, or Lindera melissifolia, is a native plant of Georgia. It is found in Baker, Chatham, Screven, and Wheeler County. Generally it is fond of habitats in depression ponds of sandhills, margins of cypress ponds, wet pine savannas, and other seasonally wet areas (Federally threatened.. n.d.) The plant is in the laurel family and is best found between February and March. It is a deciduous shrub that grows around 6 feet tall and has yellow flowers in the spring. The plant was enlisted as endangered in 1986. A combination of drainage ditching and destruction of the Pondberry's habitat has threatened it, as well as some cattle grazing and domestic hogs (Pondberry, n.d.). It seems the best coarse of action to protect Pondberry from further endangerment and possible extinction is to protect their natural habitat by not allowing habitat destruction in areas they live. Because Pondberry is listed as endangered, it is protected under federal law under the Endangered Species Act (Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.., 2010).



Wolverine

The wolverine, or Gulo gulo, has been listed as endangered in Canada, China, Estonia, Finland, Mongolia, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the U.S. (Glen, n.d.). The mammal is the largest terrestrial member of the Mustelidae family. An adult male can get up to 18 kg. The creatures mostly live in boreal forests, tundra, and western mountains, and they are found in the North Cascades in Washington, the northern Rocky Mountains in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Wyoming, the Sierra Nevada mountains, and the southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Scientists have had trouble determining exact figures on the wolverine due to behavioral and migration patterns. Wolverine's were once in danger due to predator trapping and poisoning programs, but are now more at risk from the climate warming and reducing their habitats. The best course of action to save the Wolverine seems to be to attempt to save their habitat. Recently the wolverine has been moved to be protected by the federal government under the Endangered Species Act (Wolverine).


Giant Panda

The Giant Panda, or Ailuropoda melanoleuca, is the "poster child for endangered species." The panda lives in remote mountainous regions in central China and feeds mostly on bamboo (Giant Panda, n.d.). The panda is mostly threatened due to habitat loss and hunting. Many organizations, WWF being one of the most prominent, strive to help the Giant Panda have a restored habitat and increase its numbers in the wild (Giant panda, WWF, n.d.). Protecting the panda from poaching and continuing to rebuild habitats for the panda are the best way to increase their chance for survival. A multitude of laws are protecting the Giant Panda in China, including the Forest Law, the Law on the Protection of Wildlife, and the Environmental Protection Law (Laws and regulations.., 2007).


References

Endangered and threatened wildlife and plants; 5-year status reviews of 10 southeastern species. (2010, April 9).Federal Register. Retrieved September 13, 2013, from https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2010/04/09/2010-8103/endangered-and-threatened-wildlife-and-plants-5-year-status-reviews-of-10-southeastern-species

Federally threatened and endangered plants found in georgia. (n.d.). U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Retrieved September 13, 2013, from http://www.fws.gov/athens/endangered/teplants.html


Giant panda. (n.d.). National Geographic. Retrieved September 13, 2013, from http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/giant-panda/


Giant panda . (n.d.). WWF. Retrieved September 13, 2013, from http://worldwildlife.org/species/giant-panda


Glen, C. (n.d.). Wolverine. Earths Endangered Creatures. Retrieved September 13, 2013, from http://www.earthsendangered.com/profile.asp?gr=m&ID=9&sp=10294


Laws and regulations on the protection giant pandas . (2007, December 25).China.org.cn. Retrieved September 13, 2013, from http://www.china.org.cn/english/environment/236943.htm


Pondberry (Lindera melissifolia). (n.d.).U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Retrieved September 13, 2013, from http://www.fws.gov/raleigh/species/es_pondberry.html


Wolverine. (n.d.). U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Retrieved September 13, 2013, from http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/mammals/wolverine/