Endangered Species
Ecological Services

Recovery Success Stories

August 4, 2011

Tennessee Purple Coneflower (10:52)

Host: Ann Haas with Andrea Bishop, Gina Hancock, Geoff Call, and Mary Jennings

Tennessee purple coneflower

More than three decades of conservation and protection have paid off well for the Tennessee purple coneflower (Echinacea tennesseensis), a distinctive plant once in danger of extinction. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will recognize the wildflower's recovery by removing it from the national list of threatened and endangered species.

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March 8, 2011

Okaloosa Darter (11:45)

Host: Sarah Leon with Steve Seiber and Bill Tate

Okaloosa Darter

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed reclassifying the Okaloosa darter (Etheostoma okaloosae) from the status of endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act in February 2010, saying that the small fish has made significant strides toward recovery.

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January 18, 2011

Maguire Daisy (04:57)

Host: Sarah Leon with Bekee Hotze

Maguire Daisy

Today, conservationists involved in the 25-year Maguire daisy (Erigeron maguirei) recovery effort are celebrating. The best scientific information available indicates the perennial herb has recovered to the point that it no longer needs the protection of the Endangered Species Act.

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November 17, 2010

Lake Erie Watersnake (06:21)

Host: Ann Haas with Megan Seymour

Lake Erie Watersnake

The Lake Erie watersnake (Nerodia sipedon insularum), a harmless, nonvenomous reptile once threatened with extinction, has recovered so well that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed on June 1, 2010 to remove it from the threatened and endangered species list.

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October 27, 2010

The Oregon Chub (08:52)

Host: Sarah Leon with Rollie White, Kim Garner and Paul Scheerer

Oregon chub

The Oregon chub (Oregonichthys crameri), a small minnow found only in the Willamette River Basin in western Oregon, has rebounded from the brink of extinction. On April 23, 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognized this fish's improved condition by changing its legal status from endangered to the less critical category of threatened.

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Last updated: April 17, 2017