“Saving Miss Daisy from extinction”

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Through  government and wildlife conservation coalition efforts, a  tiny daisy has been saved from extinction.

The Maguire daisy (Latin name: Erigeron maguirei) is a perennial plant with white or  pink flowers roughly the size of an American dime or a one-cent Euro coin. The tiny Maguire daisy grows in the desert southwest of the United States, has been saved from extinction after a 25-year conservation effort.
Only seven known Maquire daisy plants were left in 1985. After careful conservation efforts the numbers are now back up to 163,000 plants in 10 populations in Utah. It will be removed from the endangered species list by the Interior Department.
“Working in partnership with other federal agencies, state and local governments, and other partners, we can ensure irreplaceable plants and animals such as the Maguire daisy and the habitat they depend upon are preserved for future generations,” said Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, Tom Strickland.
The tiny daisy will be monitored for at least 10 years to ensure that it continues to flourish and to watch for “potential threat factors.”
During the monitoring process, if officials notice a decline in the population of the Maguire daisy, they could take steps to put it back on the endangered list.
The daisy joins 20 other mostly animal species that have been removed from the endangered species list, including the brown pelican, the bald eagle, a symbol of the United States; the Arctic peregrine falcon and the American alligator.

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