Photo credit: US Fish & Wildlife Service
Just before the tiny Maguire daisy, native to the desert Southwest of the United States, was placed on the endangered species list in 1985, a survey estimated that the population had dropped to just seven plants. Extinction, it seemed, was inevitable.
Thanks to continued conservation efforts, the situation today is looking much better—making the daisy one of the greatest conservation successes of the last 25 years."Working in partnership with other federal agencies, state and local governments, and other partners," Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Tom Strickland explained, "we can ensure irreplaceable plants and animals such as the Maguire daisy and the habitat they depend upon are preserved for future generations."
The daisy, part of the sunflower family, is now thought to occupy 10 populations across Utah, numbering as many as 163,000 plants. It's good enough, officials have agreed, to remove the daisy from the Endangered Species List.
When the decision goes into effect on February 20, 2011, Erigeron maguirei will join the 20 other species that have managed to outgrow their listed status.
Read more about the endangered species list:
Life on the Endangered Species Waiting List
Obama Protecting Fewer Endangered Species than Bush
6 Conservation Successes That Brought Animals Back from the Brink