Restoring acres of habitat for the endangered ocelot in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas.
• Donations made to this ecosystem will help restore Texas thornscrub for the ocelot.
• Only 50 ocelot remain in the US - the population has gotten so low because of habitat segmentation from farming, meaning ocelots cannot roam their wildlife corridor without having to cross into open farm land.
• 95% of the Texas thornscrub habitat the ocelots live in has been cleared for farming and agriculture since the 1920s.
• Since 1997, American Forests has planted 2 million trees in the area, making up 2/3 of the restoration work done there.
• The Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) is one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world, with thousands of bird, butterfly, and animal species depending on it. (Source: American Forests)
Planting the whitebark pine in Montana which is a key food source for dozens of animals, including the Clark’s nutcracker and the grizzly bear.
• The Clark’s nutcracker spreads whitebark pine seeds for animals like the threatened grizzly bear.
• Whitebark pine is considered a keystone tree species. It provides critical habitat and acts as a food source for grizzly bears and dozens of other animals and insects. If it were to go away, slowly these other species would disappear too. Their seed provides as much fat as a stick of butter!
• Due to climate change, the lifespan of the pine beetle has extended as temperatures are warmer overall. This means the beetle has been wreaking more and more havoc on the keystone whitebark pine, destroying them at a higher rate than ever before. (Source: American Forests)
Supporting the endangered Kirtland’s warbler’s nesting habitat in Michigan, in hopes that the warbler can be removed from the Endangered Species Act.
• The Kirtland’s warbler is the rarest warbler in North America, nesting in the dense branches of young jack pine trees in northern Michigan. The bright yellow and bluish-gray songbird has been listed as an endangered species since 1967 due to habitat loss and nest predation.
• Restoration efforts over the past 20 years have helped the Kirtland’s warbler population rebound from 400 to 4,000. In the next year, American Forests will plant 1 million seedlings to restore this bird’s critical nesting habitat.
• There have been talks about potentially removing the warbler from the Endangered Species Act and your support can help make this a possibility! (Source: American Forests)