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AUGUST 28, 2022 | PBS
A new report warns that at least 1 in 9 tree species in the U.S. are at risk of extinction. Trees face a host of threats including invasive species, deadly disease and climate change. The data comes as part of the most comprehensive threat assessment ever collected on U.S. forests. Host Geoff Bennett interviews the scientists involved in this study.
MAY 25, 2022 | The New York Times
The plight of any native species is cause for concern, but with trillium there is another layer — almost an emotional factor. Their distinctive, early flowers charm us, making them a kind of poster plant for other species in trouble, ambassadors for an interest in growing and conserving natives.
APRIL 27, 2022 | Reuters
"This global assessment is a key beginning to understanding reptile conservation needs. Now we know where the priorities are and what the threats are that we need to ameliorate. There is no longer any excuse for leaving reptiles out of conservation planning and implementation efforts worldwide," said Bruce Young, co-leader of the study and chief zoologist and senior conservation scientist at NatureServe.
MARCH 3, 2022 | The New York Times
To identify concentrations of imperiled biodiversity, scientists created models for more than 2,200 species based on where they are known to exist and their habitat needs. The research and the related maps were a partnership between NatureServe and its network of state partners, Esri, and the Nature Conservancy.
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November 1, 2022 | The Scientist
Finding a creature in the wild that had been considered long gone brings hope—and quite a bit of uncertainty. NatureServe Cheif Botanist Wes Knapp shares the complicated questions he and colleagues had to answer after rediscovering a lateleaf oak, which was thought to have been lost in 2011.
October 28, 2022 | Environmental Professionals Radio (EPR)
In this episode of Environmental Professionals Radio, hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick speak with NatureServe Chief Botanist Wes Knapp about the work NatureServe does, extinct plants, and stories from the field.
OCTOBER 13, 2022 | Outside/In Radio
NatureServe's Sean O'Brien and Wes Knapp guest star in this episode of Outside/In to help answer why it's so difficult to officially declare an animal extinct. Along the way, producer Taylor Quimby compares rare animals to missing socks, finds a way to invoke Lizzo during an investigation of an endangered species of crabgrass, and learns about the disturbing concept of “dark extinctions."
AUGUST 24, 2022 | Science
Researchers evaluated how endangered each tree is according to criteria developed by the organizations NatureServe and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). As a result of invasive insects, pathogens, climate change, development, and other threats, the team found, 11% to 16% of those trees—as many as 135 species—face possible extinction.
AUGUST 1, 2022 | Phys.org
A group of researchers, led by the University of Wyoming, recently discovered a rare snail species previously unknown to the state. The Rocky Mountain capshell is ranked as vulnerable throughout its range and critically imperiled in Colorado and Montana under NatureServe Explorer, the largest online encyclopedia of biodiversity in North America.
JULY 21, 2022 | Forbes
“Few species evoke the awe and wonder that the migratory monarch butterfly commands,” NatureServe CEO & President Sean O’Brien said in a statement with the IUCN. “While efforts to protect this species are encouraging, much is still needed to ensure its long-term survival.”
JULY 18, 2022 | Star Tribune
"The majority of species on the planet are plants and insects and other invertebrate animals that we know so little about we cannot even determine the extent to which they are threatened," said Healy Hamilton, Chief Scientist at NatureServe. "And yet those are the very species which help purify our air, filter our water, maintain the health of our soils, pollinate plants we need for food, fuel and fiber, and provide medicines to hundreds of millions of people."
JULY 15, 2022 | The Washington Post
“We have a second chance to prevent a species extinction,” said Wes Knapp, the chief botanist for the conservation nonprofit NatureServe and a member of the expedition to find the vulnerable bristlecone pine. “That’s really rare, to have a second chance in nature. It means we can move. We can act. That’s what we have to do now.”
July 1, 2022 | National Geographic
To date, scientists have identified more than 32,000 distinct animal species living in the country. According to NatureServe, an organization that keeps tabs on North American flora and fauna, more than 7,000 of those species are endemic, meaning they’re native to the U.S. and nowhere else—and researchers are certain that’s an underestimate.
JUNE 12, 2022 | A Way to Garden
Do we know what species are already gone–from the small tree that gardeners covet that is extinct in the wild called Franklinia, to various others that are less well-known. And how do we know where to focus our conservation efforts? Listen to this podcast episode, featuring Wes Knapp, Chief Botanist at NatureServe.
MAY 19, 2022 | The Houston Chronicle
Texas has the 7th largest number of species at very high, high or moderate risk, according data from NatureServe, a US non-profit organization that assigns conservation status rankings to plant and animal species. Harris County is home to 88 rare, threatened and endangered species. Of the 88, 12 are native to, and only found in, Texas.
APRIL 27, 2022 | PBS
Globally, about 20 percent of reptile species are facing the threat of extinction. That's according to a recent study in the scientific journal "Nature." Geoff Bennett takes a deeper look now at what’s driving this extinction crisis and what it could mean for the rest of the world.
APRIL 27, 2022 | CNN
"Reptiles, to many people, are not charismatic, and there's just been a lot more focus on the furry or feathery species of vertebrates for conservation. But through persistence we were able to find the funding needed to complete the study," Bruce Young, chief zoologist and senior conservation scientist at NatureServe and one of the authors of the study.
APRIL 27, 2022 | The New York Times
About 20 percent of reptile species risk extinction, mainly because people are taking away their habitats for agriculture, urban development and logging, according to the first global reptile assessment of its kind. “It’s another drumbeat on the path to ecological catastrophe,” said Bruce Young, co-leader of the study and a senior scientist at NatureServe.
APRIL 27, 2022 | AP News
Worldwide, the greatest threat to reptile life is habitat destruction. Hunting, invasive species and climate change also pose threats, said co-author Neil Cox, a manager at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s biodiversity assessment unit. Six of the world’s species of sea turtles are threatened. The seventh is likely also in trouble, but scientists lack data to make a classification.
MARCH 27, 2022 | Keloland
Usually hidden beneath the water’s surface, mussels do the quiet work of filtering water in South Dakota’s rivers and streams, helping other aquatic species such as fish thrive. The decline of freshwater mussel populations in waterways in South Dakota and across North America is a major concern on several environmental levels.
MARCH 14, 2022 | Popular Science
“When we think of biodiversity, we may reflect on tropical rainforests or coral reefs, where the richness of life is indeed staggering,” author Healy Hamilton, chief scientist at nonprofit NatureServe said in a release, “but our own country harbors globally significant biodiversity. The findings from the Map of Biodiversity Importance show us areas critical for preventing extinction across the nation.”
MARCH 8, 2022 | Adirondack Explorer
The color scale on the map ranges from dark green to blood red based on how much biodiversity has declined in the continental United States, showing areas of risk for plants and animals threatened with extinction. In the Northeast, the Adirondacks offer refuge to eyes combing the map, with its pop of bright green in the troubling vastness of red.
FEBRUARY 2, 2022 | Scientia
In the 1990s, the Ecological Society of America (ESA), NatureServe, and federal land management agencies came together to address a significant need: the creation of a systematic vegetation classification system for the US. Its use and implementation by various groups helps to foster interagency collaboration and consistent reporting on the nation’s vegetation resources.
JANUARY 19, 2022 | The Globe and Mail
“You can have a situation where a country like Canada feasibly meets all of its targets by 2030 … where we do all the right things within our borders, but still, through our trade and consumption patterns, drive massive biodiversity loss in tropical areas,” NatureServe's Mike Gill provides insight on a new report on biodiversity goals.
NOVEMBER 8, 2021 | Coloradoan
The Colorado Conservation Data Explorer eliminates the element of surprise with its one-stop shopping map that includes critical natural resource data that can assist in decision making for development planning, energy development, conservation and recreation projects.
FALL 2021 | ArcNews
It is essential that we all care about biodiversity. As Dr. Healy Hamilton, chief scientist of NatureServe, pointed out in her Keynote Address during the Esri Science Symposium at this year’s Esri User Conference, diversity of life is the foundation of our ecological, cultural, economic, and spiritual well-being.
OCTOBER 6, 2021 | WCAX
NatureServe CEO Sean O’Brien visits with Fish & Wildlife Department staff in Colchester as the 17th stop of the NatureServe Network Van Tour to understand how Vermont is protecting its wildlife and what threats they face in doing so. Watch the video to see some of the highlights.
AUGUST 23, 2021 | Pew Charitable Trusts
To help policymakers, elected officials, and other stakeholders in the U.S. make better-informed decisions, The Pew Charitable Trusts engaged NatureServe and Michigan State University to build national databases of watershed conditions and barriers that alter the natural flow of freshwater bodies.
AUGUST 5, 2021 | ArcGIS Blog
Chief Scientist Dr. Healy Hamilton presented at the Esri Science Symposium, sharing stories from around the globe on why biodiversity is important and how spatial tools, including those developed by NatureServe, are essential for conservation.
JULY 27, 2021 | Tennessee's WildSide
Scientists who specialize in the study of plants and animals find plenty of places in Tennessee to do their research. The unusual plants you can find in the Cedar Glades remind all of us how important it is to protect and preserve our natural resources.
JULY 17, 2021 | WTKR News
NatureServe’s CEO, Sean O' Brien is driving his van around the country and recently arrived in the 757. "We launched the cider to support NatureServe which is a conservation organization," said Doug Smith, the founder of Sly Clyde Ciderworks.
JUNE 17, 2021 | WAMC Northeast Public Radio
The president of a data company called NatureServe, O’Brien is on the 11th stop of his tour of Natural Heritage Areas to learn about how local organizations are working to conserve natural areas, and to find ways they can better work together.
MAY 21, 2021 | Bay Journal
Synthesizing huge amounts of biodiversity data — NatureServe scientists processed nearly 100 million data exchanges in 2020 alone — allows decision makers to determine which places are most in need of saving, even if they don’t have an iconic species steering the way toward preservation.
APRIL 29, 2021 | AP News
A new partnership between the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) and NatureServe unites expertise in plant conservation and education. Together, the partners will tackle two critical areas of plant conservation while also educating the public about the growing risk of plant extinction.
OCTOBER 16, 2020 | The New York Times
In a study published in Conservation Biology, NatureServe Chief Botanist Wes Knapp and 15 other researchers from across the United States quantified how many trees, shrubs, herbs and flowering plants have vanished from North America since European settlement. After compiling existing information on presumed extinct species and working with local botanists to vet the data, the group narrowed down a list of 65 plant species, subspecies and varieties that have been lost forever in the wild.