Kathryn Kennedy Center for Plant Conservation

Plant Microevolution and Conservation in Human Influence Ecosystems

'Listing cannot come soon enough for the lesser prairie-chicken,' said Taylor Jones, Endangered Species Advocate for WildEarth Guardians. 'Threats are increasing, the species' range is contracting, and current conservation efforts are too little, too late to conserve the species. ' According to a statement from WildEarth Guardians, the lesser prairie-chicken is a medium-sized, gray-brown grouse. The species inhabits shinnery oak and sand sagebrush grasslands in parts of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Since the early 1800's, the Southern Great Plains habitat of this key species has been reduced by 90 %, which has been instrumental in an 85% decline of the grouse's population. 'The lesser prairie-chicken will disappear forever without protection of the Endangered Species Act,' said Jay Lininger, an ecologist with the Center for Biological Diversity. 'Voluntary measures that preserve a little habitat are convenient for some, but they won't be effective for the prairie-chicken. ' The lesser prairie-chicken is threatened by habitat loss and degradation from livestock grazing, agriculture, oil and gas extraction, herbicides and unnatural fire as primary threats to the lesser prairie-chicken. Habitat fragmentation from fences, power lines, together with disturbances from roads, mining, and wind energy production also affect the species. Climate change and drought are increasingly important threats. The potential loss of habitat on private land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program may have severely negative effects on current populations.

Vitro Conservation Tropical Plant Germplasm Review

. where he was living in a small, filthy cage with little shelter and no privacy. When we first saw Leonardo he was near death, suffering from malnutrition and pneumonia. ' Although Leonardo has gained weight and bonded with his keepers at his new home at the SWCC, he has suffered some recent medical issues from being declawed as a cub. 'The declawing procedure mangled his paws, leaving him unable to climb and jump to high places like leopards should.