Habitat loss and degradation

Loss and degradation of terrestrial and aquatic habitats are the primary causes of species' rarity in Minnesota. Habitat degradation includes loss of diversity, fragmentation, disruption of critical processes such as fire, and water quality degradation due to pollutant chemicals, nutrient input, or sedimentation/siltation.

The prairie vole was once a common species in the Great Plains, including the tall grass prairie in southern and western Minnesota. Today, it is uncommon in the state due almost exclusively to the destruction of its prairie habitat through plowing and over-grazing.


Prairie Vole (Microtus ochrogaster)

Habitat loss and degradation


Ten reasons why species become rare

Habitat loss and degradation Invasive species and competition Pollution Habitat specificity Persecution and exploitation

Peripheral populations Vunerable characteristics Relict populations Disease Global climate change


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