Nobody’s going to put the pink mucket on a bumper sticker as a call to action for the environment—it’s not nearly photogenic enough—but a team of scientists is dedicated to restoring an essential part of the river ecosystem.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has announced its annual list of proposed candidates for the endangered species list. 12 of them are in Kentucky.
The EPA has removed the Carribean monk seal from the Endangered Species List. But not because it’s recovered and thriving. Nope. It’s extinct.
Three endangered mussels appear to be completely extinct in the southeastern United States.
Kentucky’s rivers and streams once carried more than a hundred species of freshwater mussels. Today, nearly a quarter are endangered, and many are already gone. WFPL’s Kristin Espeland reports on why mussels matter, and how efforts to bring them back are breaking new scientific ground.