Interactive Map Shows You Which Endangered Species Is Native to Your State
No matter where you live in the United States, you can find wildlife in your backyard. Some of those animals—like pigeons, raccoons, and white-tailed deer—are abundant enough to be an occasional nuisance. But not every species is so lucky. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, there are more than 1300 threatened and endangered species living in America today. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintains a list of all the endangered species native to each state, and National Geographic has turned that data into an interactive map of the country.
To see which endangered species lives in your home state, hover your cursor over the map on NationalGeographic.com. If you live in New Mexico, you'll learn that the Mexican wolf, which roams the southern half of the state, is on the endangered species list. The map features endangered animals ranging in size from the North Atlantic right whale—Georgia's species—to the rusty patched bumblebee, which can be found in Minnesota. The map shows the known U.S. range of each species and includes links for more information on all of them.
The graphic covers just a fraction of all the endangered species that are native to the United States. Every state is home to at least a few animals on the endangered list. California contains the most at 113. Instead of acting as a comprehensive database, the map aims to showcase some of the lesser-known organisms on the list.
This isn't the first project to call attention to threatened wildlife on a local scale. Earlier this year, a financial services site commissioned a collection of illustrated posters highlighting one endangered animal for each of the 50 states.
[h/t National Geographic]