When I hear about endangered animals, my mind zooms to some weird animal in some weird country that I have never heard of.
One of the definitions of endanger is "to threaten with extinction". I remember some time ago when I was young and foolish hearing about some endangered mussels in Tennessee, and thinking - so what.
I came to realize how important it is to have agencies that track such statistics and take action to try to prevent species extinction. Even for a lowly mussel. I am not especially fond of mussels, but as with all other living things they have their purpose.
John Carney has forwarded a number of press releases to me that were issued by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding endangered species. These agencies have multiple codes describing the status of species, but primarily they are ranked by "endangered" and "in need of management". I have provided some links in case you are interested in seeing more.
I think it is ironic that humans have to provide protection for species that we damaged in the first place. Not only irony, but I am saddened by it. It kind of speaks to our humanity - that we damage things and then spend lots of money trying to fix it.
What do you think?
P.S. Our resident hummers are returning - get your feeders ready!