Endangered Species

On the Federally Endangered Species List, Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge is thought to have three different species -  two bats and one beetle. Research and surveys are being done to confirm their presence on the refuge. 

  • Indianan Bat

    Indiana bat

    The Indiana bat hibernate in caves during cold winter months when food is scarce. During the summer months, they can be found under loose tree bark. Loss of this forested habitat is one reason for decline in the Indiana bat species. Making Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge and the bottomland hardwood forest it manages an important part of this species recovery.

  • Gray Bat

    gray bat

    Gray bats spend their winters in caves, but they have specific requirements so there are few caves left they can use. Also an important part of their life cycle is the need to eat flying insects over rivers and streams. So, the Clarks River can provide good feeding grounds for this species and is why they are expected to be found on the refuge. Like all cave dwelling bats, one reason for their decline is white-nose syndrome

  • American Burying Beetle

    american burying beetle

    This bright red-orange beetle is an important decomposer in the food chain, feeding on dead animals. While this species was once abundant in eastern North America, it is now only known to exist in two locations (Oklahoma and Rhode Island). This species was last seen in western Kentucky in the early 1970s.

  • Other Endangered Species

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    To learn more about what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is doing to help endangered species, please visit Endangered Species home page.