NATURE AT RISK

This is a series of articles on the fauna and flora of the Brodhead watershed that face endangerment.

American Bittern

American bittern

American bitterns are rare in the Brodhead watershed. The culprit: habitat degraded by humans. 

Shadbush

It’s said the more common names a plant has, the more important it is to the culture of an area.

Rusty Patched Bumblebee

Rusty-patched bumble bee

This tiny creature’s range has shrunk to about 15 percent of what it once was.

Golden-Winged Warbler

Golden-winged warbler

This endearing dynamo has one of the smallest populations of any bird not on the endangered list.

Brook trout

“Brookies” need cold, clear, pure, oxygen-rich water to survive and thrive – and these fish are worth protecting.

Turtle Talk

Bog turtle

The adorable, tiny bog turtle is at risk from environmental factors and people who “love” them too much.