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Save Our Species

Endangered means there's still time.

Loss of a single species from its ecosystem affects others that rely on it. The disappearance of one plant species may affect an entire food chain. Starting with insects that live or feed on the plant, moving on to the birds and frogs that eat the insects, and ending with the larger animals like snakes, hawks, and foxes that prey on the birds and frogs.

Approximately 1300 different species in the United States are listed as endangered or threatened. When people use pesticides to kill insects and other pests, they can also endanger the lives of plants and animals. That’s why EPA has a program to protect threatened and endangered species from contact with pesticides that might be harmful. If EPA determines that a pesticide may put at risk an endangered or threatened species, EPA will tell you on the label of the pesticide container how to find out what you need to do to protect that species. EPA will have a bulletin that explains how to use the product in a way that will not harm the species.

Extinction means a species is gone forever. Many people think that animals like whales, eagles, and wolves are the only endangered species. Other endangered or threatened organisms include specific species of shrimp, frogs, butterflies, grasses, spiders, fish, clams, rice, snails, turtles, birds, orchids, squirrels, mice, deer, bats, and cacti.

Click on the pictures below to learn more about these endangered species! The plants and animals depicted here are not necessarily threatened by pesticides; however, they are representative of the many different species our program is protecting.

Image of ferret - link to ferret page Image of pogonia flower - link to pogonia page Image of butterfly - link to butterfly page Image of sturgeon - link to sturgeon page
Image of crane - link to crane page Image of beetle - link to beetle page Image of eagle - link to eagle page Image of manatee - link to manatee page
Image of snake - link to snake page Image of rat - link to rat page Image of turtle - link to turtle page Image of cactus - link to cactus page

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