endangered species


Definition of endangered species

: a species threatened with extinction broadly : anyone or anything whose continued existence is threatened

Examples of endangered species in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But local environmental groups have sought to protect the ponds because of their use as nursing areas for fish, habitats for threatened and endangered species, and use as natural flood protection. Michael Williams, San Francisco Chronicle, "EPA abandons plan to appeal ruling protecting Redwood City salt ponds from development," 26 Feb. 2021 The section in question runs through rivers, migratory paths for endangered species, and an ancient lake bed in Kings County, California. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "California's bullet train cost savings backfire as project speeds past $100B," 22 Feb. 2021 For less endangered species, lessening the amount of commercial catch can help significantly. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Most high-seas shark species now threatened with extinction," 27 Jan. 2021 Monarch butterflies will not be added to the federal endangered species list this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Tuesday. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Monarch Butterflies Aren’t Getting Endangered Species Status," 21 Dec. 2020 But by 1987, recovery efforts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state wildlife agencies took the gator off the endangered species list. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "Yep, San Antonio gets its share of wild alligators. On guard, Fluffy!," 26 Jan. 2021 Trump has repealed or weakened 125 environmental regulations, like protections for endangered species and environmental risk assessments for infrastructure. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Ice Fog, Quickie Thaw Next Week, Then Subzero Slap," 7 Jan. 2021 Long a specialized taste, Fincher in recent years started to feel like an endangered species: a commercial director who makes studio movies for adult audiences, in an industry in thrall to cartoons and comic books. New York Times, "David Fincher, the Unhappiest Auteur," 1 Jan. 2021 By 2007, the U.S. national symbol was declared recovered and removed from the federal endangered species list. Amy Lavalley, chicagotribune.com, "National bird returns home to roost in Indiana; Bald eagle removed from endangered list," 31 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of endangered species

1865, in the meaning defined above

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3 Mar 2021

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“Endangered species.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endangered%20species. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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