Keyword: Endangered Species

30 Reasons for a Biological Survey

Rating your land is having your land surveyed for its biodiversity. Knowing nature is a vital step to conserving nature. We can begin to know nature when we first find out what is on the land with a survey. So, surveys lead to knowing. Here are 30 other reasons why surveys of the creatures on your land are valuable. Have other ideas?

Bog Turtles and Tussocks

Bog Turtles can be found in the eastern U.S. from Georgia to New York, not that one is easy to find. Surveys by trained biologists often come up empty. It has become a very rare species with population declines estimated around 90% over the last century. Still, the first observation of a Bog Turtle on iNaturalist.org was by someone who found it in the mouth of a dog (and he rescued it!).

Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Species: Recovery Plans

The biologists at the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) are the people who compile all of the known data about a species, which is used to determine if the species should be listed as Endangered or Threatened, or not at all, on the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Species. They write the recovery plans and subsequent status reviews for getting the species back to sustainable population levels. These plans describe the current known locations, ranges, and population sizes of the species at the known locations. In addition, the plans outline the threats that the species face at local sites and across their range.