Endangered Species Project:

What species are endangered in your state/country and why? We welcome your participation. Please E-mail your response to Lena.

These are the responses we've received:


The Manatee is the endangered animal in my state, I live in Florida. They are endangered because when boats drive in the water the manatees are slow and can't move out if it way and they get hit by the perpaller and somethings they get hurt so bad that they die. There is not that many manatees left. And I would like to help save them.

Holly


From: Jane Turcic's students,
Reynolds Elementary School, Greenville,Pennsylvania

MUSSELS

Mussels are widespread in fresh water and salt water. They are in a group of clam-like mollusks and they have 1 long, brown foot which they use as a sensor. Mussels have gills and eat plankton. A healthy female can lay more than 20,000,000 eggs and sometimes eat their their own young. A mussel can close itself from the outside world for between an hour to 6 hours. Most mussels can be eaten,but some are poisonous if they have fed on dinoflagellates. They are seldom eaten in the US,but are enjoyed in Europe.

Salt water mussels are around 2 in. long and attach themselves to rocks or other hard objects on the sea floor with long,silky threads. Fresh water mussels live buried in river beds or lake bottoms and are a little larger than salt water mussels.

The endangered fresh water mussels of Pennsylvania are: Club shell,Dwarf wedge, Ring Pink (golf stick pearly), Orange foot pimple back, and Cracking pearly, & Pink mucket.

Summited by Cathy Preston & Lynde Vanderstappen

The American Bald Eagle

The American Bald Eagle is an awesome bird. They have powerful wings that span from 6 to 8 feet. Their claws or talons are used to kill their live prey which is usually fish or smaller birds and animals.

The eagle's nests or eyries are about 5 feet wide and 2 1/2 inches deep. In which the females lay 1 or 2 eggs sometimes 3. The eggs hatch after about 35 days. The mother eagle feeds the babies the kill of that day. The babies learn to fly when they are about 3 months old. Eagles can live up to 30 years if left alone.

The American Bald Eagle was chosen as the national symbol in 1782. The eagle reminds the Americans of the great strength of their nation.

The Piping Plover By: Katelyn Kettering and Allison Kornbau

The endangered Plover in Pennsylvania is the Piping Plover. There is not very much information about the Piping Plover, but we have information on Plovers in general. Most Plovers belong to the Charadriidae family, but with a few exceptions. There are about sixty species of Plovers widely spread throughout the world. That includes cold climates like the Arctic and the Antarctic.

Plovers are small to medium size with stout bodies and a short neck and tail. Plovers are swift when flying and forage on the ground or in shallow water for food. They usually lay four large eggs, and both the male and female care for the young. The most familiar Plover is the Kill deer.

Falcons By Michelle Euard & Mary Grossman

Falcons are one of 60 species. The Falcon is a very big bird. They can eat up to ten animals a day.They can eat rabbits whole. That's how big the Falcon is.

Falcons are strong and fast fliers. They soar with hawks and while flying they have been clocked at 290 KM / Hour (180 MPH) in a dive. This speed makes falcons successful hunters. They are able to leap down and strike their prey with their claws, and usually kill the captured prey with their beaks.

Falcons live in pairs. Their nests are on cliffs or really big trees. They lay two to six eggs a year. They live for more than 20 years. They have brown and white feathers.

The falcons only serious enemy is humankind.For many years falcons were thought to exact a heavy toll on chickens and other livestock.

Indiana Bat by:Michele Truax

Bats are the only flying mammal. One of the endangered bats in this part of the country is the Indiana Bat.It has a: length of 2.9-3.7 inches, wing span of 9.4-10.3 inches, and weight of 0.18-0.28 inches.

The Indiana bat resembles the little brown bat, but has more of a pinkish cast to its fur making it a purple-brown coloration. In winter, 97 percent of the Indiana bat hibernated in Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois in certain large caves. Pennsylvania is on the fringe of the Indiana bat9s range. An abandoned mine tunnel in Blair county is the only site that Indiana bats have been seen wintering in Pennsylvania and in 1982,60 individuals hibernated in this spot. In late June females bear a single young.
From: Beverly Norman
Subject: endangered species

My name is Matthew Manocherian. I live in Rye , New York and I go to F. E. Bellows School in Mamaroneck, NY. I have been studying the Northern Harrier Hawk and here is some information I found about it. The Northern Harrier lives and breeds in primarily Long Island and the Hudson River Valley and Northern and Western New York. The animal is threatened because people shoot it. Some facts about the Northern Harrier are that it eats small mammals. It's nests contains four to six eggs and it lives mostly near marshes.


From: Beverly Norman
Subject: Endangered Animals

In the summer the tern lives in North America and Northern Europe. In the winter, it lives in the tropics. It used to be hunted for its tail feathers, but now the gulls are eating their eggs and we are polluting their nesting sites. Terns have two orthree eggs each year. It eats, small fish, crustaceans, and insects. The tern can grow to be 13 to 16 inches long.

by Katie Fetzer
F.E. Bellows School
4th Grade

My name is Lianna Robins.I live in Mamaroneck N.Y.I go to Bellows school. The wood tutle lives all throughout New York. They are endangered because they have been overhunted. . The rough-shelled Wood Turtle spends most of it's life on land,but is usually in the vincity of water. It is a good climber and feeds on fruit as well as on worms, slugs and insects.In May or June females lay 6 to 8 eggs,wich may overwinter and hatch the following spring in the north.

Your Friend,
Lianna Robins

From: Beverly Norman
Subject: NEW YORK STATE ENDANGERED ANIMALS

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Bonnie.I'm writing to tell you about the peregrine falcon.The peregrine falcon lives in New York City.It is endangerd. The young fly at 40 days old.It eats other birds.It easily adapts to new habitats.

From: Herta D. Holly38
Subject: answer for Lena

Hello , we are two girls from The Cushman School who are working on the endangered animal project too. My name is Dana and this is my friend Isabel who just arrived from Germany. Awhile back Dana did a report on Hawaii. Did you get any information on the Hawaiian goose? Any way we have some information on the Manatee that lives in our state , Isabel is researching the animal and would be glad to give you some information. The scientific name for the Manatee is Sea Cow and it eats seaweed but in the Sea Aquarium it eats lettuce. It weighs 2000 kg. The baby Manatee is called the calves and they are mammals. They live in the oceans and bays surrounding Florida in warm water. We hope the information will be of use.

Dana and Isabel
tcldad38@mail.firn.edu

From: Don Laverdure
Subject: Endangered Species

Mainly I wanted to comment on the fine job you are doing and the importance of your job. Man is a greedy animal and one that does not miss something until it is far too late. Efforts like yours tend to wake us up if only momentarily.

From: IAN R MACBEAN
Subject: Endangered species

Hi, it is us again. Meaghan,Jaime and Kristy. We will now tell you why our animals are endangered. Eastern Cougar:The Cougar became endangered because of shooting, trophy hunting and humans increased use of bush country. Canada Lynx:The number of Lynx have decreased in New Brunswick because of competition for territory from bobcats. Bald Eagle:Fewer and fewer. Osprey:fewer and fewer.Peregrine Falcon: Peregrines are thevitims of DDT, a pesticide now banned in north America but still used in Central and South America. The taking for young falconry collecting of eggs, disturbance at nesting sites and shooting have also caused numbers to decline. Furbish's Louesewort: This plant became endangered by the higher water levles caused by dam construction along the St.John river. This plant was used by early settlers to discourage bed lice from "nesting" in bedding! Hope this information helps! Bye for now!


From: Drew McEleney
Subject: Endangered Species

Dear Mz Kanemori,

My name is Drew McEleney and I live in Clinton, Iowa. Clinton is a city that borders the Missippi River and for that reason, there is a large wildlife population near me. The 14 endangered species in the state of Iowa are:

Animals--
Bat, Indiana (Myotis sodalis)
Eagle, bald (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Falcon, American peregrine (Falco peregrinus anatum)
Pearlymussel, Higgins' eye (Lampsilis higginsi)
Plover, piping (Charadrius melodus)
Pocketbook, fat (Potamilus capax)
Snail, Iowa Pleistocene (Discus macclintocki)
Sturgeon, pallid (Scaphirhynchus albus)
Tern, least (Sterna antillarum)

Plants--

Eastern prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera leucophaea)
Mead's milkweed (Asclepias meadii)
Northern wild monkshood (Aconitum noveboracense)
Prairie bush-clover (Lespedeza leptostachya)
Western prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera praeclara)

The Bald eagle is very endangered due to DDT use and hunting. I attend Clinton High School and my e-mail address is mceleney@sanasys.com I have visited your state three times and I think it is the most beautiful place on earth.

Very Truly yours,
Drew McEleney


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