Did you know that 150-200 species of plants, insects, birds, and mammals go extinct every day? An endangered species is one that is likely to go extinct without special protections to help them survive. A species goes extinct when there are no more individuals of that species alive on Earth.
There are some special upcoming events to remind us that all species are important. The All Species Parade at 1p.m. on Saturday, September 16 is a great way to celebrate! The Parade is part of the North Country Fair in Arcata. Have fun dressing up as your favorite creature for the parade! You can make a mask for the parade at a workshop at the Sanctuary in Arcata on Friday, September 14 from 6-8 p.m. during Arts! Arcata.
Do you like to draw or paint? Make a piece of art for the NEC’s Endangered Art Show to celebrate your favorite endangered species! Your artwork will be displayed at the NEC’s booth at the North Country Fair September 15 & 16! You can donate your artwork to send to lawmakers in support of the Endangered Species Act, or we can return your art to you.
You (or your parents) can learn more about the All Species Parade and the Endangered Art Show online at www.yournec.org, or by calling the NEC office at 707-822-6918.
Conservation Status of Species
Species around the world are ranked according to how likely they are to go extinct, called a Conservation Status, from Least Concern (LC) to Near Threatened (NT), Vulnerable (VU), Endangered (EN), Critically Endangered (CR), Exctinct in the Wild (EW), and Extinct (EX). Look up these species online (ask for help if needed). Answers are below.
Answers: Arctic wolf: LC; Southern sea otter: EN; hippopotamus: VU; Amur leopard: CR; Beluga whale: NT; grizzly bear: EW.