10 Species Our Children May Never See

Wildlife advocates have been warning us about the problems wild plants and animals have been facing as more and more species are erased from the landscape. Now a new report has painted a grim picture of a world that will be void of 10 iconic species that are vanishing before our eyes.

The report, Vanishing: Ten American Species Our Children May Never See, which was just published by the Endangered Species Coalition offers a grim outlook when it comes to opportunities for the next generation to see species of wild plants and animals that were once abundant, but it also offers hope that there’s still time to change the future through our personal actions.

“With each passing day, our children are less and less likely to experience the full beauty of nature and see the kind of wildlife that baby boomers, Gen Xers, and even Millennials experienced,” said Leda Huta, executive director of the Endangered Species Coalition. “We owe it to our future generations of Americans to protect our vanishing wildlife and the special places they call home.”

The top 10 species include the mountain yellow-legged frog, monarch butterfly, North Pacific right whale, great white shark, little brown bat, whitebark pine, rusty patched bumblebee, greater sage-grouse, polar bear and the Snake River sockeye salmon. The species were nominated by member groups and the top 10 were later selected by the coalition’s Scientific Advisory Committee.

Sadly, the causes of the drastic declines in these species are being caused by us. In its report, the coalition cites an onslaught of pesticides, declining ocean health, dirty energy production and climate change as some of the major factors affecting these species, but also includes a variety of ways we can still make a difference for wildlife, which will also help ensure a healthy environment for future generations to come.

Taking actions from planting milkweed to help monarch butterflies survive their epic migration and choosing sustainable seafood to urging leaders to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides that are harming bees and other critical pollinators can help. We can also keep asking them to crack down on the Navy’s use of sonar that is hurting whales and other marine animals and continue to call on our elected officials to take meaningful action to curb climate change, which can also help plant species like whitebark pine, which dozens of other species, including grizzly bears, depend on for survival.

We can also build bat houses that help provide shelter for little brown bats who are fighting white nose syndrome, a deadly disease that has already killed millions of bats across the U.S. Though they may be tiny, these little bats are providing a vital environmental service by controlling pests.

“As the situation for many species grows ever more dire, our direct actions are able to rescue some of them from extinction,” said Dr. Peter Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden. “This list should inspire hope and at the same time lead us to devote full attention to the species most in need.”

Even though the outlook is grim, hopefully this report will help inspire us to continue fighting to protect our environment and keep working to keep these species from disappearing forever.

For more information on ways to help check out the full report and visit the Endangered Species Coalition.

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149 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 years ago

thanks for the article.

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Ann B.
Ann B4 years ago

THIS IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF WE CONTINUE ON THE COURSE WE ARE HEADED FOR....NOTHING WILL SURVIVE AND MAN IS THE CAUSE...ESPECIALLY THE DOLLAR ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT USE TAX MONEY FOR THEIR BENEFIT INSTEAD OF SAVING THE WORLD!!!!!!

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Miriam O.

Thanks so much for sharing Alicia! Outrageous and so heartbreaking!!

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Jennifer H.
Jennifer H4 years ago

Aren't we proud of the legacy we will be leaving... I find the whole concept of human vs wildlife incomprehensible. After centuries of humans invading, raiding and destroying every peice of land we can get our hands on, you would think we would realize what we are doing, what we are causing and say, hey, this isn't smart, we are ruining this earth for the wonderful wildlife and for the children that come after us. A sad day to be human.

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Teresa W.
Teresa W4 years ago

outrageous

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Amy L.
Amy L4 years ago

This disgusts me and makes me happy that I won't live forever.

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Angev GERIDONI
Angev GERIDONI4 years ago

PETROPOLIS : now you can help the sanctuary that is home to farm animals, victims of exploitation, of abuse, and all kinds of cruelty. Some comes from Pétropolis some from other places around this city. Today there are 150 lucky animals, please give, for keeping them and to rescue other ones : ♥ Fairy sanctuary - or - ♥ Doe

Thank you for sharing

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Angev GERIDONI
Angev GERIDONI4 years ago

For the horses and goats from PETROPOLIS please sign the petitions :
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Angev

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Linda Jurick
Linda Jurick4 years ago

I pray that this doesn't happen. What a terrible legacy to leave to future generations, we must work together to stop this.

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KAROLY MOLINARI
KAROLY Molinari4 years ago

So sad. Humans are the worst enemy ever !!!!!!!!!!!

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