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Extinction is a fact of life on Earth. More animal species have gone extinct in the young lifespan of our little blue planet than currently exist today. Sometimes those extinctions occur because an animal cannot compete with other species. Sometimes it happens due to changes in climate or the spread of disease. Sometimes humans cause it by over-hunting, destroying wild habitats or introducing toxins into the air or water. And sometimes, although rarely, it can happen in the blink of an eye due to a great cataclysm such as an asteroid impacting the Earth.
The Columbia River Gorge has seen plenty of species come and go over the millennia. Here is a short list of species you won’t see when you visit there today.
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Despite some species having vanished from the area, the Columbia River Gorge is an excellent place to spot wildlife and learn about native plants. Download our outdoor observation worksheet and Get Out! A Guide to Doing Fieldwork to the right and then see how many of these common animals and plants you can find during your visit.
Photo credit: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.