Endangered species sessions on tap
Wildlife and Parks ? State meetings to discuss threatened and endangered species are scheduled June 30 at Emporia State University and July 1 in Junction City.
These meetings coincide with scientific reviews of species by organizations outside state’s Wildlife and Parks department.
Species to be discussed include the delta hydrobe, the brindled madtom, the silver chub, the night snake and the white-faced ibis.
The delta hydrobe is a gill-breathing aquatic snail. In Kansas, it had been found only in fossil specimens from the Pleistocene Era until the discovery of a relic population on Cedar Creek in Chase County. This species is under review to be placed on the Kansas endangered species list.
The brindled madtom is a small member of the catfish family. It has distinct black and yellow markings on body and fins. In the last 25 years, it has been documented in Spring River (Cherokee County) and Cedar Creek (Chase County). This fish is under review to be placed on the Kansas endangered species list.
The silver chub is a member of the minnow family. It was once common in the Kansas and Missouri rivers but now is found infrequently. This fish is under review to be placed on the Kansas endangered species list.
Because recent surveys reveal the night snake to be one of the most common species where it occurs, it has been petitioned for removal from the Kansas threatened species list and its status is under review. Its range includes the Red Hills region of southcentral Kansas.
The white-faced ibis is known to nest at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and Cheyenne Bottoms. Few breeding records are known in Kansas prior to 1962, but the trend in numbers has been increasing since that time. The petition proposes to remove the white-faced ibis from the list altogether.