In response to the UN’s dire report this week that we’re driving 1/8 of the world’s species to extinction, I’m putting together a pop-up interactive display on saving endangered species. I’m planning to show it in a variety of locations, in hopes of sparking conversation and offering people opportunities to learn and take action.
One of the questions I’m thinking of posing will be along the lines of: What is one (non-human) species you wouldn’t want to live without? I imagine I’ll hear mentions of dogs, cats, and food-plant species. To prompt conversation, I’ll also invite folks to consider a wide variety of rare and endangered species (by providing photos with their common names and a brief description of their ecosystem roles).
So I have two questions for you, as avid iNaturalists:
- Which species are important to include in the rare/endangered species photos?
- What is one (non-human) species you wouldn’t want to live without?
Thanks for any thoughts you might offer!