Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Daniel Ashe
Goal: Protect the unique Banbury Springs limpet snail by designating a critical habitat
Endangered species can include more than just mammals and birds. An example of a unique creature considered to be endangered would be the Banbury Springs limpet, a type of aquatic snail that lives smalls springs. While this species has been protected under the Endangered Species Act, not enough has been done to protect the quality of its diminishing habitat.
This aquatic snail faces many threats within its habitat. For one, groundwater pumping has led to a diminishing range for the snail to inhibit. Agricultural development in the area also contributes to the destruction of its habitat. Runoff from agricultural areas bring pesticides and herbiscides into the springs, flooding the springs with toxic chemicals. Other invasive species in the snail’s habitat also contribute to its loss in numbers.
While the Endangered Species Act has helped save the Banbury Springs limpet from extinction, it has not helped in restoring the creature’s population. Action must be taken so that recovery for this interesting species can be established. By signing this petition below, you will be urging for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to designate a critical habitat for the Banbury Springs limpet so that the current quality of its habitat is improved. With federal protection, we can rebuild the Banbury Springs limpet population so that it may continue to add to the unique biodiversity of Idaho’s ecosystem.
Dear Director Ashe,
All species on this planet deserve to be protected. While animals such as mammals and birds often get more attention because of their aesthetic appeal, all creatures are equally important. We must fight to protect all species of living beings on this planet so that no more become extinct.
The Banbury Springs limpet is a unique species of aquatic snail found in Idaho. While this creature is already listed under the Endangered Species Act, not enough is being done to restore its population to its former glory. The snail faces many threats in its habitat, from agricultural pollution and groundwater pumping, to invasive species.
Please help restore the Banbury Springs limpet’s population by designating a critical habitat. While the snail has been saved from extinction, with its current habitat unprotected, it is unable to thrive. We must increase the quality of the springs where the limpet lives. I urge you to take a action for this creature and grant it the protection that it deserves.
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