• Photo by: John Dersham

    Little River Canyon

    National Preserve Alabama

Nature & Science

Endangered Species found at Little River Canyon National Preserve

Endangered Species

In 1973 Congress passed the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The purpose is to protect and recover imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend. It is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Commerce Department's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The FWS has primary responsibility for terrestrial and freshwater organisms, while the responsibilities of NMFS are mainly marine wildlife such as whales and anadromons fish such as salmon.

Under the Endangered Species Act, species may be listed as either endangered or threatened. "Endangered" means a species is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. "Threatened" means a species is likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future. All species of plants and animals, except pest insects, are eligible for listing as endangered or threatened. For the purposes of the ESA, Congress defined species to include subspecies, varieties, and, for vertebrates, distinct population segments.

Click here for a fact sheet on Endangered Species

Endangered species found at Little River Canyon National Preserve are:

Plant

Mammal

Fish

BIRD CHECKLIST

FISH CHECKLIST

FLOWERING PLANTS

HERP CHECKLIST (Reptiles and Amphibians)

 
 
 
 
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Did You Know?

Little River

Little River is unique because it is the one of the few rivers in the United States that forms and flows for almost its entire length on top of a mountain.