Skip to comments.Texas drought could threaten endangered species (readying plans to evacuate fish,amphibians)
Posted on 08/30/2011 5:51:07 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Federal officials are readying plans to evacuate a small number of endangered species in Texas as a severe drought lowers water levels and threatens the survival of rare wildlife in the state's huge ecosystem.
Months with almost no rain have caused water levels to drop by half or more in many rivers, lakes and other bodies of water, including springs in the central Texas Hill Country that are the only remaining habitat for populations of small fish, amphibians and other creatures. If the water continues to drop sharply, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials are preparing to net up large samples from the springs to take to a hatchery for preservation.
Such evacuations have been rare in the past, with one ordered in 2000 to rescue several species of mussels in Georgia. ..
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Is this the very first time EVER that Texas has had a drought? How did these poor little critters survive on their own before?
Sheesh, the nation is thoroughly busted broke like never before and they still find ways to waste our money.
Nah, they are moving in with the humans.
Where are they going to move them? To the Ritz?
This has motivated me tonight. I am going to do my rain dance naked in my living room.
Please hope that I don’t trip over anything.
God put them there for a reason and God may be removing them for a reason.
Don’t play God. It never works.
Possum Kingdom is burning. about 4,000 ac so far, I think.
That would make an excellent "Best of Youtube" entry. :)
You might just keep your clothes on, though - a tropical system could be forming up in the Gulf and moving over Texas in the next week or so, and it'll bring a healthy amount of rain if it happens.
Remember the Yellowstone fire. everyone was saying Reagan was the scum of the earth because he didn’t order massive action.
Turns out Yellowstone came back stronger and even more beautiful.
It is called nature. The ones that survive will be the strongest and healthiest. They will start new generations that will have that DNA. Weak will die. Sad but true.
Where they takin ya lil buddy ?
It looks bad. Watching it on 21. I just got through watering down my decks even though we are over 30 miles away. It’s scary, especially when the wind is blowing.
Probably bring in FEMA trailers for them, that should go to the Northeast storm victems who lost the use of their homes.
Exsctly, this isn’t the first drought Tx has had, and it will not be the last.
Nature is taking care of things the way it has from the beginning.
I mean Palo Pinto...duh
Kalaupapa, Molokai, Hawaii.
They say it’s nice!
Good luck. Fires like this are very scary.
It’s Palo Pinto county. Possum Kingdom Lake. Right?
Let evolution take its course. These species need to get smarter. The mockingbirds have learned to stand under vehicles and drink the A/C drip.
I guess the next step after not believing in God is believing you ARE God.
>> Texas .. home to 86 endangered and threatened species.
3) Pecan growers
5) Sheep herders
OK I give up, what are the other eighty?
Yep..same area that burned not too long ago, but the other side of the lake. Lots of beautiful homes that are going up in flames right now. Of course no-one in Obama’s world will care because they are ‘rich people’. The winds have died down a bit now, but there is a system moving in tonight that will likely change the wind direction. I have a friend that has a ranch out there and is pretty nervous about his cattle.
>> Exsctly, this isnt the first drought Tx has had, and it will not be the last.
It’s a bad one though. It’s so bad around here, the Baptists are sprinkling, the Methodists are using wet-wipes, and the Presbyterians are giving out rain checks. Meanwhile the Catholics are trying to turn the wine back into water!
oil and gas men need to be added to the endangered species list for sure!
I looks like things are changing weather wise however Texas is bigger than alot of countries. Some parts of Texas have been much longer without rain than where I am.
I never tape myself. It ruins the mystery.
These moments are between me and my bird.
It explains the perpetually baffled expression he wears.
I can form a tropical system, if you know what I’m saying.
I love that. Great wit.
We need a laugh every so often. Thanks.
Hang in there Texas. Drought relief maybe is headed your way. Seeing tropical activity soon to be in the Gulf .... prayerfully praying for your relief Texas.
I'm counting on some rain soon! In fact, I just put out a brand new rain gauge at my place:
And a $2,500 debit card for fish food.
I do a lot of praying. I sit on my patio and pray for rain everyday. All my squirrels are gone. I haven’t heard the Doves for quite awhile. I’m hoping they are ok and will be home soon.
>> oil and gas men need to be added to the endangered species list for sure!
In spite of Barky doing all he can to keep ‘em down, they’re drilling their brains out in some places (between Schulenburg and La Grange, for example).
But yeah, it’s a tough business, with all the government BS on top of the usual hazards of the trade.
You would think that before “globull warming” that there had never been droughts or floods or tornadoes or hurricanes or any other natural disaster.
>> I do a lot of praying. I sit on my patio and pray for rain everyday.
Us too. Every day! The LORD listens.
Sorry about your squirrels and doves, but I have faith they’ll be back in due season.
Stay safe, and FRegards
Darn, saw your later post,, had the galoshes out and the poncho ready.. the web cam ready to too,, dance dance dance.. but alas , no pics. oh well.. say Hi to the bird.. :-]
Texas has endangered birds, btw.. quite a few, it’s a big state.
86? au contrair..
ENDANGERED ANIMALS OF TEXAS
by Editor on April 4, 2011
Texas Has Its Own List Of Endangered Species Of Animals
Like all states, Texas is home to many species of animals that are protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA
Oh... I did the dance... but no pictures, please.
Let me know when it rains so that I can take credit.
That’s a laugh.
He would probably send matches.
If he did offer, there would be conditions attached.
He’s a sorry SOB
LOL. Nah, they will throw them down or not move them at all saying they did and pocket the money.
No, this isn’t the first drought we’ve had but it’s been the worst in recorded history. We might have high temps or we might have no rain but this year we’re getting them both and that is very unusual. I haven’t had but about 5 minutes of rain in months. Yesterday’s temp was 112 and we’re closing in on 80 straight days of 100+ temps. Crops have burned up. Livestock is being sold off at rock bottom prices because there’s no grass or water for them. Rivers and lakes are drying up. Fish have died. Wildlife is also dying from lack of water. Trees hundreds of years old are dying because of no water and the heat. The wildlife is getting sickly and moving into more human populated areas. Cases of rabies are up and more people are getting bitten. Snakes are moving in so snake bites will be going up as well. I expect any day to hear of neighbors being attacked by deer because the deer have moved onto their porches to have their fawns and they aren’t afraid to stand up to the owners (it’s not deer season). That brings ticks and lyme disease. Fireworks have been banned for months. Outdoor grilling was banned during the 4th. Most towns have had burn bans for months. There is barely a night that goes by without the local news reporting another grass fire. Most towns have lawn watering restrictions with fines over $1000. Some are worried they’ll have enough drinking water and are looking at shipping it in by train which is very costly. This is nothing to be poo-pooed as hype. It is quite serious. We are hurting and there’s no end in sight. Many businesses are being hurt by it so much they may never come back.
Money is tight so I started a garden but as soon as it began producing, it burned up from the heat despite constant watering from a private well. Setting the A/C on 80, it’s still running constantly and my bill is double what is normally is. I look forward to taking a shower just to stand under the cool water for a few minutes.
Did you think I was kidding?
My direct line to God isn’t broken. I can only assume that He enjoys the gyrations.
I was wondering how they were going to net him.
I know how bad it is. I did my rain dance. So.... you can expect relief.
I haven’t seen a Horny Toad for 20 years!!! (that’s a horned toad for you yanks)
This reminds me of Mark Levin’s sarcastic remark Friday about hurricanes: “Mother Nature is anti-environment.”
Gezzz...I had no idea it was that bad..
Best of luck, and hope ya get some rain...
Wow...thanks for the first hand report. I’ve heard about your problems, but not to that extent or detail. Thanks for setting me straight...sorry I made light of your disaster there.
Still, I can’t help but think of better uses for the money than relocating some critters.
Haha You are more accurate than you know. The powers that be will completely cut us off waterwise inorder that the Comal Springs keep flowing. In severe droughts of the past before anybody cared or paid attention and the Springs quit flowing, the little critters survived by going deeper in to the Edwards Aquifer.
But that's not good enough now. They've got to be "protected" and they've got to save the "wild rice" too. But all the businesses in the counties which make up the Edwards Aquifer Authority in which water is their lifes' blood can be damned.
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