50 million bison once roamed the American Prairie before being hunted to the brink of extinction. Today this keystone species is making a comeback.

50 million bison once roamed the American Prairie before being hunted to the brink of extinction. Today this keystone species is making a comeback.

Wolves returned to Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks in the 1980s and 90s, and the resulting ecosystem-balancing effect of their presence cements their role as keystone species.

Keystone Species: How Predators Create Abundance and Stability

Wolves returned to Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks in the 1980s and 90s, and the resulting ecosystem-balancing effect of their presence cements their role as keystone species.

Bats are known as a keystone species, much like birds and bees. Many of the more than 1,300 bat species consume vast amounts of insects, including some of the most damaging agricultural pests. Others pollinate many valuable plants, ensuring the production of fruits that support local economies, as well as diverse animal populations. Fruit-eating bats in the tropics disperse seeds that are critical to restoring cleared or damaged rainforests. Even bat droppings (called guano) are valuable as…

Bats are known as a keystone species, much like birds and bees. Many of the more than 1,300 bat species consume vast amounts of insects, including some of the most damaging agricultural pests. Others pollinate many valuable plants, ensuring the production of fruits that support local economies, as well as diverse animal populations. Fruit-eating bats in the tropics disperse seeds that are critical to restoring cleared or damaged rainforests. Even bat droppings (called guano) are valuable as…

The Alaska brown bear and salmon, as seen in the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals, are commonly identified as “keystone species,” organisms that have a disproportionately large effect on the surrounding habitat: take the top out, and like a stone archway, the whole thing falls apart.

The Alaska brown bear and salmon, as seen in the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals, are commonly identified as “keystone species,” organisms that have a disproportionately large effect on the surrounding habitat: take the top out, and like a stone archway, the whole thing falls apart.

Examples of Keystone Species

Examples of Keystone Species

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Let's Go Wild — Gopher Tortoise, Gopherus polyphemus The Gopher...

Let's Go Wild — Gopher Tortoise, Gopherus polyphemus The Gopher...

Support the David Suzuki Foundation's efforts to protect BC's grizzly bears (being killed by humans at a record rate).

Support the David Suzuki Foundation's efforts to protect BC's grizzly bears (being killed by humans at a record rate).

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