Dispatches from the Field > Missing species
We hear a lot about plants and animals in peril: species at risk from extinction, species whose habitat we are changing. We don't hear as much about species that we have already lost: plants and animals that are missing, either because we just don't know where to look for them, or because they are extinct and have disappeared from our park--or the world--for good.
As part of a "Park Investigators File: Missing Species" project, students from Pi Beta Phi Elementary & Middle School in Tennessee and Robbinsville High School in North Carolina created artist renditions of these missing species.
Peruse the profiles below to remember species missing from our skies, forests, riparian areas, and food webs.
Kyle W, Robbinsville High School.
Missing from our skies: Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis)
Drawing by Jordan W, Robbinsville High School, North Carolina.
Missing from our forests: Fox squirrel (Sciurus niger)
Drawing by Sasha M., Robbinsville High School student.
Missing from our streams, wetlands, & riparian areas: Williamson's emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora williamsoni)
Artwork by Rhonda H., Robbinsville High School, North Carolina.
Missing from our food web: Red wolf (Canis rufus)
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