Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Partnering to save endangered animals: Vermont

We're so excited about the new interactive map highlighting endangered species efforts in each state across the nation. Each day we'll feature a state, partner and animal. Subscribe on the right to keep up!

Just over 10 years ago, state and federal biologists didn't know that the endangered Indiana bat spent its summers roosting in Vermont's Lake Champlain Valley.

After tracking bats into the valley, they teamed up to learn more about its habits. The information they collected would become vital for protecting and conserving Indiana bats and their key habitat when the disease white-nose syndrome entered the picture years later. Finish the story.

Little brown bat with white-nose syndrome in Greeley Mine, Vermont in 2009.
Credit: Marvin Moriarty/USFWS

Here are some other stories featured on Vermont's page: 
  • Dwarf wedgemussel: Poor water quality and habitat have led to the decline of this freshwater mussel.
  • Jesup's milk-vetch: This extremely rare member of the bean family occurs only at three sites along a 15-mile stretch of the Connecticut River in New Hampshire and Vermont. 
  • Northeastern bulrush: This type of sedge is found in ponds, wet depressions, or small sinkholes within wetlands complexes in hilly areas.
  • Canada lynx: Breeding populations of this secretive cat were confirmed in New Hampshire just this winter.  

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