Friday, July 22, 2011

Saving the Tiger Beetle

Did you know that Nebraska has one of the rarest endangered species? It's called the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle. Only 200-500 beetles remain in a salt creek in Lincoln. Now, the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo is teaming up with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nebraska Game and Parks, and the Lincoln Children's Zoo to rescue, breed, and release a new beetle population to Save the Tiger Beetle.

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Click "Read more" to see how close the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle's habitat is to Nebraska's capital.

The blue highlighted areas on the map show where the current Salt Creek Tiger Beetle populations are found. Due to their endangered status, a more specific location is not identified. Exploring with this map, you'll notice the extreme proximity the beetle habitat has to the city of Lincoln, Nebraska. You can also see how much of the land surrounding Salt Creek is being used for agriculture. Zoom in close to see the salty soil in the area, and you'll make out the heavily channelized banks of the creek as well. The channelized banks have made the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle habitat more susceptible to flood damage.

View Salt Creek Tiger Beetle Habitat in a larger map