Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Tiger Beetle Species proposed for protected status
Musings about why the ETNHC mission is so important.
The Coral Pink Sand Dunes Tiger Beetle - Cicindela albissima lives on a small patch of pink sand dunes in Utah. This habitat is the only place on Planet Earth where this insect is known to exist. In fact, it only lives on an area about 3,500 acres in size. And on that small patch of sand, and only on that small patch of sand they pass their lives, eating, mating and surviving.
Now studies are showing their numbers in decline - mostly due to habitat loss and the damage done by ATV and off-road vehicles. This started me thinking about how Drs. Godwin and Goodwin are so excited about the areas we have access to in North East Texas.
As Dr. Godwin is so fond of pointing out - there are areas every bit as unique right here in N.E. Texas. These areas that could just as easily contain populations of unknown species that deserve to be discovered, studied and if need be protected. The problem is very simple - momentum. We need to push against the flywheel of publicity to get the word out about this area and the habitats it contains.
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