Did you know that birds, amphibians, and even insects consume salmon carcasses and eggs? Salmon are so connected that they benefit plants, even vineyard grapes. How, you ask? It's all about their journey.
In the past 42 years we've put over 2,000 species of animals and plants on the ESA ark; only 30 have succumbed to extinction. However, some experts protest defining ESA success in terms of species still on the list rather than by the number of species that have recovered.
Citrus County, just north of St. Petersburg, has more than 70 natural springs which shoot a constant flow of 72-degree water. These mild conditions combined with the area's shallow water make this habitat the ideal winter haven for chilled manatees.
As I think of what we are doing to elephants, coral reefs, Bluefin tuna, the great apes and the great cats, today on this sad centennial I wonder whether humanity ever really learned the lesson of the passenger pigeon.