Threatened and Endangered Species

The Turtles in September

We have been head-starting the Blanding’s turtles since we started school in September.  The Blanding’s turtle is a threatened species in Massachusetts.  Today, you’ll be reading a little about the Threatened and Endangered Species Act in Massachusetts, how an organism or plant makes that list, what in Concord is considered threatened or endangered and how we can alert more people to the threatened and endangered species in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA) reads as follows:

The Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (M.G.L c.131A and regulations 321 CMR 10.00) protects rare species and their habitats by prohibiting the “Take” of any plant or animal species listed as Endangered, Threatened, or Special Concern by the MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife. “Take” is defined as, “in reference to animals to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, hound, kill, trap, capture, collect, process, disrupt the nesting, breeding, feeding or migratory activity or attempt to engage in any such conduct, or to assist such conduct, and in reference to plants, means to collect, pick, kill, transplant, cut or process or attempt to engage or to assist in any such conduct. Disruption of nesting, breeding, feeding or migratory activity may result from, but is not limited to, the modification, degradation or destruction of Habitat.” Permits for taking rare species for scientific, educational, conservation, or management purposes can be granted by the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife.

To be selected to be on this list, the law reads:

(5) Criteria for Listing Species. The criteria for determining Endangered, Threatened, or Special Concern status shall be based on biological data, including, but not limited to:
(a) taxonomic status;
(b) reproductive and population status and trends;
(c) whether the species is native or has been introduced;
(d) vulnerability, as determined by threats to the species or its habitat;
(e) specialization, as determined by unique habitat requirements;
(f) restricted distribution, as determined by limited or disjunct geographic range; and
(g) rarity, as determined by a limited number of occurrences or by occurrence in limited numbers.

Definitions of Threatened, Endangered, and Special Concern Organisms

“Endangered” (E) species are native species which are in danger of extinction throughout all or part of their range, or which are in danger of extirpation from Massachusetts, as documented by biological research and inventory.

“Threatened” (T) species are native species which are likely to become endangered in the forseeable future, or which are declining or rare as determined by biological research and inventory.

“Special concern” (SC) species are native species which have been documented by biological research or inventory to have suffered a decline that could threaten the species if allowed to continue unchecked, or which occur in such small numbers or with such restricted distribution or specialized habitat requirements that they could easily become threatened within Massachusetts.

Click here for the list of all the threatened, endangered and special concern species in Concord  (you are going to need to scroll down to find Concord)

So, for Wednesday, please answer the following questions:

1.  Based on what MESA and the Criteria to be selected on this list says, why do you think the Blanding’s turtle is on this list?

2.  How many different species are on the list for Concord?  Of these, how many are reptiles and what are the other reptiles in Concord that are also on this list?

3.  How do you think more people can learn about Threatened and Endangered Species in Concord?  In Massachusetts?

 

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Posted on December 19, 2010, in Blanding's turtles and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. 1. I think the Blanding’s turtles are on the threatened species list because I think a lot of people have not even heard of a Blanding’s turtle before so I think they do not care about them.

    2. There are 8 different species there are 3 Reptiles and they are
    1. Blanding’s turtle
    2. Wood turtle
    3. Eastern Box turtle

    3. I think the website that you have to go on for this blog might let more people to know about these threatened species and maybe even more things about it.

  2. I think Blandings turtles are on this list because cars and other things harm them and make it hard for them to live. In Concord, there are 54 types of living things on the list. There are 8 types, the other reptiles were wood turtle and eastern box turtle. People can learn about what’s endangered by going online and looking it up, or talking about it with friends.

  3. 1. I think the Blanding’s is on the threatened species list because maybe people are careless and also they probably do not know about them so,they can’t really do anything.

    2.There are 8 different species.
    In the whole chart of Concord there are 3 Reptiles
    and they are the following:-

    1. Wood turtle
    2. Blanding’s turtle
    3. Eastern Box turtle

    3. People can go on to websites,blogs such as this one and learn about them.

    • Sorry Mrs. E I meant to say –
      2.There are 54 different species and 8 classes.3 of them are reptiles.
      And they are:-

      1.Wood turtle
      2.Eastern Box turtle
      3.Blanding’s turtle

  4. 1) I think the Blanding’s Turtles are on the MESA threatened species list because people run them over with cars on the roads and animals eat them for food. People are also destroying their habitats. That is why I think they are on the MESA threatened species list.
    2) There are 55 threatened species on the Concord MESA list. Three of them are reptiles. Those animals are all turtles, the Blanding’s turtle, Wood turtle, and Eastern Box turtle.
    3) I think more people can learn about these threatened species by reading more books about them or when the reading rainbow kids finish the Blandings turtle movie that people hopefully will watch the movie and learn something from it.

  5. 1) Based on what MESA and the Criteria to be selected on this list says, why do you think the Blanding’s turtle is on this list?
    I think Blanding’s turtles are on the threatened species list because they are prey for many animals and they are often hit by cars.

    2) How many different species are on the list for Concord? Of these, how many are reptiles and what are the other reptiles in Concord that are also on this list?
    There are 54 different species are on the list for Concord. Of these there are 3 reptiles. They are…

    * Blanding’s Turtle
    * Wood Turtle
    * Eastern Box Turtle
    *

    3) How do you think more people can learn about Threatened and Endangered Species in Concord? In Massachusetts?
    More people can learn about Threatened and Endangered Species in Massachusetts by going onto the website that you gave us for this project. It has all the information that you need to learn about the Threatened and Endangered Species in Massachusetts.

  6. 1) I think the Blanding’s Turtles are on the MESA threatened species list because people run them over with cars on the roads and animals eat them for food. People are also destroying their habitats. That is why I think they are on the MESA threatened species list.
    2) There are 54 threatened species on the Concord MESA list. There are 8 different types of them. Three of them are reptiles. Those animals are all turtles, the Blanding’s turtle, Wood turtle, and Eastern Box turtle.
    3) I think more people can learn about these threatened species by reading more books about them or when the reading rainbow kids finish that people hopefully will watch it.

  7. 1) Based on what MESA and the Criteria to be selected on this list says, why do you think the Blanding’s turtle is on this list?
    I think that the Blanding’s turtles are on the threatened species list because:
    1) Their habitats are being destroyed
    2) Some people don’t know about them so they won’t care
    3) Pollution.
    2) How many different species are on the list for Concord? Of these, how many are reptiles and what are the other reptiles in Concord that are also on this list?
    In Concord there are 8 different species on the list. There are 3 reptiles on the Concord list. Those reptiles are:
    1) Blanding’s turtles
    2) Wood turtles
    3) Eastern Box turtles.
    3) How do you think more people can learn about Threatened and Endangered Species in Concord? In Massachusetts?
    I think using this website might help people that don’t know about these species because if they click on the website that you linked they would get on the list and they might see the Concord list and read about those animals so then they might start to care about them.

  8. Sorry!

    I meant to say that there are 54 different animals on the Concord list.

  9. 1. I think that the Blanding’s Turtle is on the MESA list because all of the animals on this list are threatened, endangered, or have special concern.
    2. There are 54 species including the Blanding’s Turtle on the list for Concord. There are 3 reptiles in Concord including the Blanding’s Turtle. The other two on the list are the Wood Turtle and Eastern Box Turtle.
    3.

  10. 1.I think the blandings turtle is on the list because people are careless and that they don’t care about them and they don’t help them.

    2.There are 54 different threatened species on the list for Concord.3 are reptiles:

    1)Blandings turtle
    2)Wood turtle
    3)Eastern Box turtle

    3.I think that people can look at some of the websites that we made,they have tons of information on the blandings turtles and how to save them.

  11. 1. I think that Blandings turtles are on the threatened spices list because people are taking apart their habitat.

    2. There are 54 species in Concord. 3 of them are reptiles. The 3 reptiles are Blandings Turtles, Wood Turtles, and Eastern Box Turtles.

    3. I think that people should learn about Blandings Turtles in an article in The Concord Journal. People could also learn about Blandings Turtle from a T.V. show on Concord Public Television.

  12. 1) I think Blandings turtles are on the list because people do not know about them so they do not watch out for them.

    2) There are 54 different animals on the Concord list and 8 species. There is 3 reptiles on this list they include
    1. Blanding’s turtles
    2. Wood turtle
    3. Eastern Box turtle

    3) People can learn about the Blandings turtles by watching video’s and following a wonderful class blog like this one on the Blandings turtles.

  13. 1. I think that the Blanding’s turtles are on the threatened Species list because they are hard to find. This is because there are so few of them.

    2. There are 54 species on the list for Concord and 3 of them are reptiles. They are:
    • Blanding’s Turtle
    • Wood Turtle
    • Eastern Box Turtle

    3. To learn about Blanding’s turtles other people can:
    • Read our blog and other blogs
    • Read articles about Blanding’s turtles
    • Observe Blanding’s turtles by themselves
    • Ask or talk to experts
    • Take a class about them

  14. 1. I think Blanding’s Turtles are on the list of Endangered Species because; 1.Blanding’s Turtles have a low population. 2. Blanding’s Turtles are native to Mass. 3. Blanding’s Turtles have a unique habitat. 4. Blanding’s Turtles are vulnerable because their habitat is being destroyed and they have tons of predators.

    2. On the list for Concord there were 54 species. 3 of them were Reptiles and they were; 1.Blanding’s Turtle 2.Wood Turtle 3.Easten Box Turtle.

    3. I think we can teach more people about Threatened Species in Concord by including other species when we are doing DPC.(like doing a little speech at Turtle Night) I think we can teach people more about Threatened Species in Mass by making websites about Blanding’s Turtles and other species.

  15. Q: Based on what MESA and the Criteria to be selected on this list says, why do you think the Blanding’s turtle is on this list?
    A: I think Blanding’s turtles is on the list because:
    a) Blanding’s turtles are native to Concord,
    b) Humans, minks, raccoons, skunks, & cars are predators to Blanding’s turtles and we (humans) destroy the Blanding’s turtles habitat, &
    c) Blanding’s turtles can’t live any old place, they live in wetlands and marshes and specific areas.
    Q: How many different species are on the list for Concord?
    A: Fifty-three different species are on the list for Concord.

    Q: Of these, how many are reptiles and what are the other reptiles in Concord that are also on this list?
    A: Three reptiles on the list including the Blanding’s turtle. The other turtles are the Wood Turtle and the Eastern Box Turtle.

    Q: How do you think more people can learn about Threatened and Endangered species in Concord? In Massachusetts?
    A: I think more people can learn about Threatened and Endangered species in Concord and Massachusetts by:
    a) coming to turtle night (although that will focus mostly on Blanding’s turtles),
    b) searching the internet about Threatened and Endangered and Special concerned animals, &
    c) maybe we could put in the mailings we make a link to Threatened, Endangered, and Special Concerned animals.

  16. A)I think that the Blanding’s turtles are on the threatened species list because:
    1. I think their habitat is being taken away by housing, roads ect.
    2.Maybe not in Concord but I think that people might find a Blanding’s turtles and then take it home witch is already bad but then they might put it back in the wrong place and since the Blanding’s turtle needs a specific habitat they may bring it back to a place where it can’t live.
    3. Blanding’s turtles hatchlings are a very delicious snack to many animals like minks, squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, skunks, and other animals.
    B-C) There are 54 different species on the list for Concord and 3 of them are reptiles that are either:
    1. Blanding’s turtle
    2. Eastern Box Turtle
    3. Wood Turtle
    D) I think more people can learn more about Threatened and Endangered species of reptiles in Concord by:
    1. Going on our blog (although it is mostly a focus on Blanding’s turtles)
    2. Going to the MESA website.
    3. People can go to turtle night ( although it is a main focus on Blanding’s turtles.

  17. 1. Based on what MESA and the Criteria to be selected on this
    list says, why do you think the Blanding’s turtle is on this list?
    I think that the Blanding’s turtle is on the threatened species list
    because of: e) specialization, as determined by unique habitat requirements.

    2. How many different species are on the list for Concord? Of
    these, how many are reptiles and what are the other reptiles in
    Concord that are also on this list?
    Fifty-four species are on the list for Concord. There are two additional reptiles
    other than the Blanding’s turtle. The species names are: The Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) and the Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina).

    3. How do you think more people can learn about Threatened and Endangered Species in Concord? In Massachusetts?
    Some ways that more people can learn about Threatened and Endangered species in Concord and Massachusetts are:
    a) make notices/posters which could provide information about where to locate the official list of Endangered Species. Provide information packets
    about all species that are endangered in Concord and Massachusetts. I would put these signs up in common places like libraries, grocery stores,
    or any other common place.
    b) Make a new website offering information about each species on the list. I would link this website anywhere I could.
    c)Make a video/podcast about Threatened, Endangered, or Special Concern species. In that movie/podcast I would include what will happen to humans and other animals if a species goes extinct and why it is important to save that species.

  18. 1. I think that there are a lot of different reasons that the Blanding’s turtle is on the list. The main one I think would be that they have a unique habitat that they need to live in to survive.

    2. There are eight different spices on the list for Concord. The two other Reptiles on the list are The Wood Turtle, and The Eastern Box Turtle.

    3. I think that people around Concord can find out more about them by the things that we are doing for Disney Planet Challenge. (D.P.C) I think that everyone around Massachusetts can find out from books, websites (etc.)

  19. 1. The Blanding’s turtles are on the threatened species list because people destroy their habitat and predators eat the hatchlings. These problems probably occur with other species, but are worse for Blanding’s because Blanding’s reproduce slowly. It takes 18 to 20 years before a Blanding’s turtle is ready to lay eggs.

    2. In Concord there are 8 different species on the list. The 3 three reptiles on it are the Blanding’s Turtle, the Wood Turtle, and the Eastern Box Turtle.

    3. I think we could give out the list in packets that we’re sending out to inform people on Concord.
    In Massachusetts we could make a website about the SC(special concern), E(endangered), and T(threatened) species. We could write a letter to the Concord Journal or write an article that could be published in the Concord Journal to tell people in town about how to protect Blanding’s turtles.

  20. 1) I think that looking at the problems that Blanding’s turtles face you know that no native animal in the area forced Blanding’s turtles on the threatened species list, which only leaves invasive species or humans creating the problem. I think that most of the problems are made by humans. One of the problems is habit loss due to things like new roads and commercial development. The other problem is Blanding’s turtles are getting run over by cars and road side nesting that gets rolled over.
    2) There are 55 species on the list and there are 3 reptiles all are turtles.
    3) Putting Blanding’s turtles in zoos is a idea because that’s where you see animals like tigers or a lowland gorilla and learn about their status. Another Idea is to start a program where you take one 20 year old male Blanding’s turtle and one 20 year old female Blanding’s turtle and have them mate then the children can enter the wild, and the population gets bigger.

  21. 1. I think the Blanding’s turtles are on the MESA and the criteria list because people are running them over when they try to find a place to put their eggs and predators are eating them when they find their nests.

    2. There are 8 different species. There are 3 reptiles they’re the Wood Turtle, the Eastern Box Turtle and the Blanding’s Turtle.

    3. I think other people could learn about threatened and endangered species if we tell them to go to this website or look it up on their computer or ask their friends about it.

  22. 1. I think Blanding’s turtles are on the threatened species list because they are likely to go extinct in the future. Wetlands are the main habitat for Blanding’s turtles and they are drying up and people are building houses on them.

    2. There are 54 different kinds of species on the list for Concord and surprisingly only 3 of them are reptiles.

    3. I think that fun books like pop up books and drawing books could help people in Concord and Massachusetts learn about Blanding’s turtles.

  23. 1. I think Blanding’s turtles are on the threatened species list because they migrate past roads and drivers don’t see them very well at all.

    2. The 3 species are
    Wood Turtle
    Eastern Box Turtle
    Blanding’s turtle
    And there are 8 others

    I think that this website and all those other websites that there is a link for on this website.

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