Service of Endangered No More

April 25th, 2024

Categories: Endangered Species

Have you heard of flat pigtoe, southern acornshell, stirrupshell, upland combshell, green-blossom pearly, tubercled-blossom pearly, turgid-blossom pearly or yellow-blossom pearly? They are all types of mussel. Once on the endangered species list, they no longer are. Aliza Chasan on wrote about them and another 13 species, from a fruit bat to a warbler, removed from the daunting list last October.

When Scott Simon spoke about Clark, the bald eagle on NPR Weekend Edition Saturday in early April, he shed light, in his charming way, on species rescued from extinction. He said, “The celebrity eagle is an ambassador for his species. His father, Captain, was gifted to President Ronald Reagan by West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt.” That was in 1982. Clark’s sister, Carol, came too. They stayed with the President for six years when Carol went to the National Zoo, said Simon, and Captain to the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park, Mo.

All but Clark of some six healthy eaglet siblings were released to the wild, recounted Simon. Clark’s bad feet held him back, leading to his position as a spokesbird. These days he travels by plane with handler Daniel Cone, to soar over events while the “Star-Spangled Banner” plays. Simon concluded, “Because of conservation efforts, the bald eagle has been removed from the endangered species list.”

Brought tears to my eyes.

Have any of your favorite creatures been saved by conservation efforts? Are any in transition–almost saved–still in need of a healthy nudge?

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4 Responses to “Service of Endangered No More”

  1. Lucrezia Said:

    I have no favorites. Monkeying around with Nature by annihilating her species cannot be right. At risk of criticizing one of our best past Presidents, I wish he had not stuck one of the birds in a zoo. It deserved to be with its longtime companion, and not cooped up in the interests of being classified as entertainment.

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I don’t know the protocol for dealing with almost extinct animals. Reagan kept the sister and brother for a bunch of years.

    Clark’s siblings were set free. Because he had a gimpy foot he wasn’t because his handlers feared he couldn’t defend himself properly.

  3. Deb Wright Said:

    I think that the introduction of gray wolves into the national parks is one of the most successful species on the list of being saved. The wolves are back in an ecosystem that is natural for them. Hunting them is against the law and it is strictly enforced.

  4. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I heard this on NPR this morning and found the following on Google: “Grizzly bears will soon return to the North Cascades. The National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service filed a decision Thursday outlining a plan to capture three to seven grizzlies from other ecosystems in the Rocky Mountains or interior British Columbia and release them in the North Cascades each summer for five to 10 years.”

    Humans are doing their best to redress the impact their intrusion caused on wildlife in the first place.

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