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Threats to Biodiversity in N.H.

Scott Heron
Great Blue Heron, South Hampton, NH.

A recent report from the United Nations says the global situation is dire - that the planet will lose as many as one million species, unless we make what the study calls "transformative" change soon. We focus on Granite State bio-diversity, what it looks like now, and what the path forward might be. 


  • Doug Bechtel - President, New Hampshire Audubon.
  • Kurk Dorsey - environmental historian at U.N.H .
  • Mike Marchand - Nongame & Endangered Wildlife Program Supervisor, N.H. Fish & Game Department.
  • David Patrick  -  Director of Conservation Programs, The Nature Conservancy in N.H.
  • Jennifer Seavey - Kingsbury Executive Director, Shoals Marine Laboratory.

The IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Serviceswas compiled by 145 expert authors from 50 countries over the past three years, with inputs from another 310 contributing authors. 

Ecosystems, species, wild populations, local varieties and breeds of domesticated plants and animals are shrinking, deteriorating or vanishing. The essential, interconnected web of life on Earth is getting smaller and increasingly frayed. This loss is a direct result of human activity and constitutes a direct threat to human well-being in all regions of the world. - Prof. Josef Settele (Germany) one of the co-chairs of the Assessment.

The N.H. Wildlife Action Plan is the blueprint for wildlife conservation in N.H. It evaluates species risks, threats, and develops conservation actions. 

This Nature Conservancy article highlights how many conservation organizations think about preserving biodiversity in a changing climate.



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