Biodiversity is a term which describes the variety of life in a habitat. Biodiversity is important because each living thing, whether it be a bird, insect, tree, or fungus, plays an important role in the ecosystem. For example, a greater number of plants in a forest brings a higher diversity of animals in need of food and shelter. Biodiversity is a sign of a healthy habitat.

Boone County is home to many habitat types, creating a highly biodiverse environment. At BCCDKY, we work in partnership with local land managers and organizations for the protection of all native Boone County species.

Wildlife

What kind of animals do you see in your neighborhood? Have you ever seen a flying squirrel, spotted salamander, screech owl, or hognose snake? You can find all these and more right here in our community!

For a list of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, and insects found in Kentucky visit the KY Department of Fish and Wildlife.

And don't forget our gallery - we are adding more wildlife pictures all the time!

Threats to biodiversity

Invasive Species

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A native species is any plant or animal that is originally found in this area. Native species are perfectly adapted for this climate, soil type, geology, and to live in harmony with other local species.

An invasive species is one that was brought to this area (either accidentally or on purpose) and causes harm to the environment. These species may outcompete our native plants and animals for resources, overcrowd habitats, or spread illness and disease to wildlife.

Visit our Invasive Species page to learn about common invasive species.

Call us to learn how to rid your property of invasive species!

Climate Change

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Yes, our climate is changing - in many ways! Global average temperatures are increasing at an alarming rate, and the consequences can be seen in every region.

Extreme weather events, altered habitats, changes to water supply, and shifting crop cycles are all direct effects of climate change impacting our natural and economic communities.

But there is something we can do about it! For positive actions you can take, click here.

Habitat Degradation

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While urban sprawl is usually a sign of economic growth, it wreaks havoc on our natural plant and animal communities. Subdivisions, roads, and parking lots destroy habitat, create erosion problems, and add excess pollution into our waterways.

However, through the use of best management practices, we can plan development projects that will benefit both our growing population and natural resources.

Call our office to learn how BCCDKY is working with developers and city planners to protect biodiveristy. 

Endangered Species

Did you know that Boone County is home to SEVENTEEN endangered and threatened species?! That's just one of the reasons why it's important to protect our natural resources.

If you ever see one of the species listed below, call our office immediately! Learn more about them at the US Fish and Wildlife website.

Mammals

  • Gray Bat (Myotis grisescens)
  • Indiana Bat (Myotis sodalis)
  • *Northern Long-eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis)

Mussels and Clams

  • Clubshell (Pleurobema clava)
  • Fanshell (Cyprogenia stegaria)
  • Northern Riffleshell (Epioblasma torulosa rangiana)
  • Orangefoot Pimpleback (Plethobasus cooperianus)
  • Pink Mucket (Lampsilis abrupta)
  • Purple Cat's Paw (Epioblasma obliquata obliquata)
  • *Rabbitsfoot (Quadrula cylindica cylindrica)
  • Rayed Bean (Vilosa fabalis)
  • Ring Pink (obovaria retusa)
  • Rough Pigtoe (Pleurobema plenum)
  • Sheepnose Mussel (Plethobasus cyphyus)
  • Snuffbox Mussel (Epioblasma triquetra)
  • Spectaclecase (Cumberlandia monodonta)

Flowering Plants

  • Running Buffalo Clover (Trifolium stoloniferum)

*Threatened

Indiana Bat
Indiana Bat
Rough Pigtoe
Rough Pigtoe
Running Buffalo Clover
Running Buffalo Clover