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Iowa Orchid Among Those Threatened by Climate Change

Posted: Friday, December 4th, 2009 at 6:43 am

Press play to hear from Leda Huta with the Endangered Species Coalition

A rare, native Iowa plant has made the list of America’s ten “Hottest Species.” It’s a new report that outlines consequences of climate change for already-endangered fish, animals and plants. The Western Prairie Fringed Orchid made the list, according to Leda Huta with the Endangered Species Coalition. She says the plant depends on regular rains for survival. Huta says it lives only in the prairie potholes, so it depends on this very distinctive wetland in the United States to survive. She says those wetlands are being threatened by climate change.