How Close is the Philippine Tarsier to Extinction?

Volcanoes erupted, lava hardened, and rainforests flourished. This extremely condensed history fits many of the islands that now make up the Philippines. Within the volcanic saga of the islands, the history of the species that live there are interwoven. Endemism and biodiversity are exceptionally high across the Philippine archipelago making it one of the top…

Yosemite Toad – Protect or Abandon

In the wet mountain meadows of Sierra Nevada, California, a melodic trill signals that a male Yosemite Toad is near and ready to mate. At one time, the distinctive call of this species filled the area. However, over the past decade, fewer and fewer calls are heard. The rapid decline of the Yosemite Toad (Anaxyrus…

Tiger Beetles Need Love Too

Over 2,700 species of tiger beetles from the subfamily Cicindelinae exist worldwide. Although a seemingly large number, tiger beetles are spread across a wide range of habitats. For this reason, each species developed an array of colors, patterns, sizes, and behaviors in response to their unique environment. The Ohlone Tiger Beetle (Cicindela ohlone), in particular,…

California Condor Survival

The California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) is one of seven New World vulture species. It is not a classically attractive bird. Bold, black feathers cover the creature up to its neck. Its head is bald and blotchy. Its stance is hunched and awkward. But what it lacks in appearances, it makes up for in size. This…

Why We Need the Endangered Species Act

Four hundred and forty-three million years ago, Earth experienced its first mass extinction due to an ice age. Sea levels fell and so did the numbers of ocean dwellers. The next mass extinction hit coral reefs hard. During the third, termed β€œthe Great Dying,” the earth lost 96 percent of all life. The fourth mass…