Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly The Monarch butterfly is a large brightly colored North American native that is distributed over six continents around the globe along with the milkweed plants on which it feeds. Two populations of Monarchs perform long-distance migrations from the northern United States to overwintering grounds in Baja California and Mexico. Standardized surveys of the…

Guadalupe Fatmucket

Guadalupe Fatmucket

Guadalupe Fatmucket The Guadalupe Fatmucket is a rare mussel that is exclusively found in the Guadalupe River Basin. The mussel was originally thought to be a variation of the Texas Fatmucket, which is found in the Colorado River Basin (Inoue 2018).  In September 2021, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposed that the…

Guadalupe Orb

Guadalupe Orb

Guadalupe Orb The Guadalupe Orb is a rare mussel that was first identified as a unique species, exclusively found in the Guadalupe River Basin, in 2018. The mussel was originally thought to be a variation of the Texas pimpleback, which is found in the Colorado River Basin (Burlakova 2018).  In September of 2021, the United…

False Spike

False Spike

False Spike The False Spike is a medium-sized freshwater mussel that is native to central Texas. The mussel was thought be extinct before being rediscovered in 2011 on the Guadalupe River near Gonzales, Texas.  In September of 2021, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposed the False Spike mussel for listing as endangered…

Guadalupe Darter

Guadalupe Darter The Guadalupe Darter is a freshwater fish that is endemic to the Blanco, Comal, Guadalupe, and San Marcos river drainages of the Guadalupe River Basin. The species was first described as a subspecies of the Dusky Darter (Percina sciera) in 1954 (Hubbs & Hubbs), but was demonstrated to be a separate species in…

Piping Plover

Piping Plover

Piping Plover The Piping Plover is a small migratory shore bird that winters on the Texas Gulf Coast.   The piping plover has three distinct populations that migrate from the Northern Great Plains, the Atlantic Coast and the Great Lakes.  The Great Plains and Atlantic Coast plovers were listed as threatened under the ESA, while the…

Whooping Crane

Whooping Crane

Whooping Crane The Whooping Crane is the tallest bird in North America.  This species was almost wiped out at the turn of the 19th century due to hunting pressures. The Whooping Crane was listed as endangered in the federal register in 1970 and this listing was carried forward into the 1973 Endangered Species Act. The…

Red Knot

Red Knot

Red Knot The Red Knot is a migratory shorebird that breeds on the elevated tundra of central Canada before migrating each fall to multiple wintering grounds on the coasts of North and South America. The Rufa Red Knot subspecies has been designated as federally threatened species under the ESA. The overwintering grounds for the Rufa…

Golden-cheeked Warbler

Golden-cheeked Warbler

Golden-cheeked Warbler The Golden-cheeked Warbler is a migratory songbird that spends its breeding season from March to June on the Edwards Plateau of central Texas.  The bird was listed as endangered under the ESA in 1990.  The USFWS completed a five-year status review of the species in 2014, which found that the endangered status was…

Undescribed Eurycea species #2

Undescribed Eurycea species #2

Undescribed Eurycea species #2 Common Name: Undescribed salamander species Scientific Name: Eurycea species 2 (Devitt, 2019) Federal Endangered Species Act Status: No Status State of Texas Species Conservation Status: Not Listed Distribution; Kerr and Gillespie counties Physical Description: Eurycea salamanders from Kerr County have not previously been described as unique species. Previous researchers presumed that…

Fern Bank salamander (Eurycea pterophila)

Fern Bank salamander

Fern Bank salamander (Eurycea pterophila) Common Name: Fern Bank salamander Scientific Name: Eurycea pterophila (Devitt, 2019) Federal Endangered Species Act Status: No Status State of Texas Species Conservation Status: Threatened Distribution: Kendall, Blanco, Hays, & Comal counties Physical Description: The Fern Bank salamander (Eurycea pterophila) was first described in 1950 (Burger, Potter and Smith 1950).…