Our Species Spotlight page is dedicated to animals within our operating range (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Tennesse, and West Virginia) that are either endanger of extinction or have suffered severe habitat and population declines within the last 20 years but are not yet listed. We aim to bring their stories to you, our friends, so that we can all work to help give these animals a second chance!
The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) is one of if not the leader in conservation worldwide. The Red List is the list of animals that are on the brink of extinction in the world. Below you can see a small description of each category on the Red List that NCMWC will use on this page. Please note that we are not including animals or plants within the following categories:
Data Deficeint (DD), Extinct in the Wild (EW), Extinct (EX), Not Evaluated (NE)
If you would like to use their categories, please ensure that you are noting that all of the categories were collected by crediting them using IUCN 2022-2.
These species have not qualified for listing as a species that may be in peril.
These species are becoming troubled by human activies or environmental conditions but have not quite reached the level of certain concern for extinction.
Species listed in this category are found to be facing extinction if conservation efforts are not started. There is still a fair amount of the species left, but those numbers are declining rapidly.
Species in this category are facing a very serious threat of extinction. Conservation efforts are needed immediately to avoid extinction.
Speices in this category are facing an extremely high risk of extinction. Some of these species may in fact be extinct already but this has yet to be confirmed.
We may use the NatureServe status for some species. The listings are similar, but may use different names.
Range: The Karner blue lives in oak savannas and pine barren ecosystems from western Wisconsin and eastward to the Atlantic seaboard. Historically, it was found in a continuous band throughout its range, but today is found in portions of New Hampshire, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio.
Much of the information above was taken from the Federal Wildlife Service webpage for this creature.
Please visit https://www.fws.gov/species/karner-blue-butterfly-lycaeides-melissa-samuelis for more from the FWS
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