Endangered Species Day
May 20, 2022 is Endangered Species Day! Celebrated the third Friday in May, Endangered Species Day was established by Congress in 2006 to promote the importance of protecting endangered species and highlight actions that have been taken to conserve species since the passing of the Endangered Species Act in 1973. LaBella has specialists on staff to perform endangered and threatened species surveys and habitat assessments for a myriad of species. Let’s celebrate Endangered Species Day by highlighting a few of the endangered and threatened species our team works with every day.
The Karner blue butterfly, a federally-listed endangered species, is named after the hamlet where it was first identified in 1944 in Karner, New York, which is near Albany. The small, silvery-blue butterfly is dependent on its host plant, wild blue lupine, which grows in open, sandy areas with plenty of sun. LaBella has surveyed areas across eastern New York for Karner blue butterfly and its habitat, and are currently surveying hundreds of miles of utility right-of-way for wild blue lupine, which also serves as a host plant to another rare butterfly, the frosted elfin. David MacDougall, Ecological Services Project Manager out of our Latham, New York office, even wrote A Field Guide to the Karner Blue Butterfly, which was published in 2007. Our team also prepared the first USFWS-approved Habitat Conservation Plan for this species in the northeast region.
Other endangered, threatened, and rare species we offer services for include bald eagle, golden eagle, northern harrier, short-eared owl, small whorled pogonia, Blanding’s turtle, various protected breeding bird species, and timber rattlesnake, to name a few.
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