Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Endangered species

A few years ago, when I worked for the newspaper in Huntington WV, I received notices of permit applications. If the work seeking a permit under the Clean Water Act was in the Ohio River, the notice would say the project was in the known or historic range of the following endangered species: the peregrine falcon, Kirtland's warbler, the Indiana bat and the pink pearly mucket mussel.

Now, five more species have been added to
the endangered species list nationally, and two of them are in the Ohio Valley: the diamond darter and the rabbitfoot mussel. I'll admit I hadn't heard of either of them until today. If I had, they probably wouldn't be endangered, would they?