Nearly 6000 Species Contributing to Biodiversity in New York Are in Danger of Disappearing

Divya Murthy, Searchable tables assignment

Reading the table: State and Global Conservation Ranks

Over 25 species contributing to biodiversity — that includes plants, animals and natural communities like forests and marshlands — in Onondaga County are either endangered or threatened. The species listed as such receive the highest protection under New York State law. The county with the highest number of endangered species in the state is Suffolk, with 165 endangered species.

Endangered animal species in Onondaga County include subgroups of owls (short-eared owl), bats (Indiana bat), snakes (Eastern Massasauga) and turtles (Bog Turtle). Turtles and snakes are among those animals poached and collected illegally for pet trade.

But plant life forms a greater proportion of species facing extinction: 63 of 69 endangered species include plant like conifers, ferns and other flowering plants.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website considers conservation of biodiversity a top goal because conservation is key to provision of food, shelter and clothing, control of agricultural pests, production of oxygen and natural decomposition and recycling of waste.

In the state, government programs like the Endangered Species program, New York Natural Heritage Program and the Natural Heritage Program aim to halt violations of conservation and enable, enhance and protect biodiversity.

Source: New York state website

Source: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation