In danger in our back yard

Endangered Species Faire shines light on local ecology

Burrowing owls.

Burrowing owls.

On Saturday, May 1 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), in Bidwell Park’s Cedar Grove, the Butte Environmental Council will host its 31st annual Endangered Species Faire. The meadow will be filled with educational booths on local ecology, environmental issues and of course, endangered wildlife. On its Web site (, BEC provides a list of animal and plant species in the Chico area that are listed as endangered, threatened and sensitive. Below is a sample of those local species appearing on the federal government’s list.

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Species (common name) status Butte County meadowfoam endangered Hairy orcutt grass endangered Green’s tuctoria endangered Vernal pool tadpole shrimp endangered Conservancy fairy shrimp endangered Winter-run chinook salmon endangered Western pond turtle species of special concern California red-legged frog threatened Burrowing owl species of special concern Ferruginous hawk species of special concern Townsend’s big-eared bat species of special concern