Monday, November 11, 2013


I just found out (on FaceBook of course) that the Black Rhino is now extinct. Check out for more info.

Its amazing what we put up with day to day and not say or do anything. But … the slightest chance that all people may have the same rights and look out. I mean really, what affect does my marrying a man have on anybody's life but mine?

Sorry, I digress. 

Below is a list of animals/mammals/plants that we have lost since 1960. The list includes animals from North America. I , you , or your children will never see any of these animals in the wild ever again. 

2007Columbia Basin Pygmy RabbitBrachylagus idahoensispop. 2Douglas, Grant, Lincoln, Adams and Benton counties of Washington statemammal
1994Hadley Lake Limnetic SticklebackGasterosteussp. 12Hadley Lake on Lasqueti Island, British Columbiafish
1994Hadley Lake Benthic SticklebackGasterosteussp. 13Hadley Lake on Lasqueti Island, British Columbiafish
1994Pearson's HawthornCrataegus pearsoniiMississippi, Louisiana and Texasplant
1992Vancouver Island WolverineGulo gulo vancouverensisVancouver Island, British Columbiamammal
1988Fish Lake PyrgPyrgulopsis ruinosaOne spring in Esmeralda County, Nevadamollusc
1988Maryland DarterEtheostoma sellareStreams near the head of Chesapeake Bay in Marylandfish
1988Bachman's WarblerVermivora bachmaniiNested in Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama, South Carolina, and Louisiana; wintered in Cuba and Isle of Pinesbird
1987Dusky Seaside SparrowAmmodramus maritimus nigrescensEast coast of Floridabird
1986Banff Longnose DaceRhinichthys cataractae smithiA marsh fed by hot springs near Banff, Albertafish
1985Shortnose CiscoCoregonus reighardiLakes Huron, Michigan and Ontariofish
1984Green BlossomEpioblasma torulosa gubernaculumTennessee and Virginiamollusc
1983San Marcos GambusiaGambusia georgeiSan Marcos River, Texasfish
1978Kingman's Prickly-pearOpuntia superbospinaMojave Desert, Arizonaplant
late 1970sAmistad GambusiaGambusia amistadensisGoodenough Spring, Texasfish
1975Phantom ShinerNotropis orcaRio Grande River in New Mexico and Texasfish
mid 1970sLewis's Woodpecker, Georgia Depression PopulationMelanerpes lewis pop. 1Southwestern British Columbia and western Washington statebird
1974Tacoma Pocket GopherThomomys mazama tacomensisPierce County, Washington statemammal
1973Carinate Duckwater PyrgPyrgulopsis carinataSpring in Duckwater Valley, Nye County, Nevadamollusc
1971Santa Cruz PupfishCyprinodon arcuatusMonkey Spring in Arizonafish
1971Zion JimmyweedIsocoma humilisWashington County, Utahplant
1971Blue WalleyeSander vitreus glaucusLake Erie, Lake Ontario, lower Niagara River and Lake Huronfish
1970sAcornshellEpioblasma haysianaCumberland and Tennessee River systems in Alabama, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentuckymollusc
1970Clear Lake SplittailPogonichthys ciscoidesClear Lake, Californiafish
1969Blackfin CiscoCoregonus nigripinnisLake Huron and Lake Michiganfish
1969Tubercled BlossomEpioblasma torulosa torulosaAlabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginiamollusc
1968Striped Bass, St. Lawrence Estuary populationMorone saxatilis sp. 3Quebecfish
1967Angled RiffleshellEpioblasma biemarginataAlabama, Kentucky and Tennesseemollusc
1967Narrow CatspawEpioblasma leniorTennessee River system in Virginia, Tennessee and Alabamamollusc
1967Lined PocketbookLampsilis binominataUpper Chattahoochee and Flint River systems in Alabama and Georgiamollusc
mid 1960sTurgid BlossomEpioblasma turgidulaAlabama, Arkansas and Tennesseemollusc
1964Bluntnose ShinerNotropis simus simusRio Grande River in New Mexico and Texasfish
1964Lake Ontario KiyiCoregonus kiyi orientalisOntariofish
1964Bay Springs SalamanderPlethodon ainsworthiJasper County, Mississippiamphibian
1963Eskimo CurlewNumenius borealisNested in Northwest Territories, wintered in Argentinabird
I guess it really saddens me that most people don't really care. And yes … I know that extinction is the natural way. But how long until we are on the same list as the Black Rhino. 


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