Glacier Park Stonefly May Be Endangered Species "First"

August 19, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

Citing the likelihood that the Park’s remaining glaciers could turn into mere snowfields by 2030, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has added the Lednia tumana stonefly to its list of species considered for new Endangered Species protections. The inclusion could present significant new challenges, especially since “bugs” are less glamorous than, say, grizzly bears. But the FWS has its mind on larger issues. “‘The uncharismatic microfauna deserve protection as much, and sometimes more, than the megafauna,’ [FWS spokesperson Ann] Carlson said. ‘They play a role in an ecosystem. Pull one away and sometimes the whole thing can collapse. So we don’t distinguish based on size, or how popular it is.'” Rob Chaney in The Missoulian.
Here’s a compilation of the species tagged for potential addition to the list.