Yellow-faced bees, pool shrimp and band-rumped storm petrels are among the 49 species that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed adding to the Endangered Species Act.
“These species are facing tremendous challenges with shrinking habitat and the onslaught of invasive species,” said Kristi Young, the agency’s acting field supervisor for the Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, in a news release Monday.
“Implementing an ecosystem-based approach to the proposed listing allows the Service to better prioritize and focus conservation and recovery actions in Hawaii,” she said.
These plants and animals are at risk of extinction due to invasive, non-native species, recreational activities, small population size, and threats from erosion, landslides and fire, according to the release.
The feds say adding these species to the list will boost ongoing conservation efforts to address these threats, prevent extinction and improve the ecological health of the islands, according to the release.
In all, 10 animals and 39 plants are being proposed. Of those, 48 are found only in Hawaii — some only on one island.
Check out the complete list of the proposed species here.
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