Endangered Species

    New Yorker staff writer and best-selling author Elizabeth Kolbert offers a startling look at the mass extinction currently unfolding before us in her new book –The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.

Over the last half billion years, there have been five major mass extinctions – we’ll learn more about the sixth with Elizabeth Kolbert.


  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has revised its list of Species of Greatest Conservation Need, which is used to focus conservation resources where they're most urgently needed. The draft final list contains 372 species.

The list is part of developing the State Wildlife Action Plan, which enables New York to be eligible for federal funding through the State Wildlife Grants Program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


  Robert Sullivan was last on the show to discuss his book, My American Revolution. He joins us this morning to discuss his ode to the hemlock, a tree with a tenuous future – which is a new article for Orion magazine, adapted from the introduction to Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge, to be published in April by Yale University Press.

The Eastern Hemlock, massive and majestic, has played a unique role in structuring northeastern forest environments, from Nova Scotia to Wisconsin and through the Appalachian Mountains to North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. A “foundation species” influencing all the species in the ecosystem surrounding it, this iconic North American tree has long inspired poets and artists as well as naturalists and scientists.

Gary Kramer/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A rule being proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove most species of wolves from the endangered species list would end federal protection for any wolves that move into upstate New York or northern New England from Canada or elsewhere.


That cute bunny rabbit you see scurrying around meadows and yards in the Northeast is more than likely an invasive species. As we head into this Easter weekend, a look at a pair of dueling species of rabbits.