According to a recent article in the Bay Journal, “The Maryland darter, one of the rarest fish in the world, has been missing in action for 33 years. Now, it is headed to the extinction list.”
And what is the reason? “According to an evaluation by the [US Fish & Wildlife Service] USFWS, the largest factors are decreasing water quality from farm runoff and fluctuating water levels created by the nearby Conowingo Dam.”
It’s just a little fish but it deserves to live too. This is emblematic of how actions have consequences and what happens when you interfere with Nature. Read the whole sad story here.
Tags: Bay Journal, Conowingo dam, extinction, fish, Maryland darter, stormwater runoff, US Fish & Wildlife Service
The book for January is Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life by E.O. Wilson
Half-Earth proposes an achievable plan to save our imperiled biosphere: devote half the surface of the Earth to nature. In order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet, says Edward O. Wilson in his most impassioned book to date. Half-Earth argues that the situation facing us is too large to be solved piecemeal and proposes a solution commensurate with the magnitude of the problem: dedicate fully half the surface of the Earth to nature. More about the book.
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Tags: Annapolis Green Reads, book club, E.O. Wilson, extinction, Half-Earth, Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life