Wildlife

About 30% of the 200 listed endangered animal and 300 plant species listed endangered in the United States can be found in the Midwest. Local endangered species like the Indiana Bat and the Fanshell Mussel are imperiled by anthropogenic (human) effects such as pesticide use, habitat destruction, and agricultural/land and energy development. Environmental factors can also play a role; in the case of the Indiana Bat the rise of white nose syndrome, a fatal fungal disease, has been responsible for the deaths of over 5 million bats since its appearance in 2007. Our work aims to minimize damage to endangered species and ecosystems.