Feb 1

We’ve asked conservation organisations around the world to nominate a species that they believe to be overlooked, underappreciated and unloved, and tell us why they think that they deserve a fair share of the limelight, this Valentine’s Day.

Each nominee’s story is featured on the Arkive blog with information on the species, what makes them so special, the conservation organisation that nominated them and how they are working to save them from extinction.

Click the ‘unloved species’ tag above to see all of the nominations and their blogs.

Once you have perused the blogs you can vote for your favourite to help get them into the top ten unloved species and get them the recognition that they truly deserve! Share your favourite with others using the #LoveSpecies hashtag on Twitter and Facebook and tell them why they should vote for them too. Voting closes on February 14th at 23:59 PST (07:59 GMT).

Join us and our conservation partners in celebrating and raising awareness for some of the world’s most unloved species this Valentine’s Day!

Species: Coho salmon

Nominated by: Turtle Island Restoration Network

Conservation status: Federally and State Endangered since 2002

Why do you love it? Coho salmon are the keystone species to all Pacific forests! They fertilise forests, feed many animals, including young salmon. If you have salmon thriving in your creek, then you know your watershed is healthy!

What are the threats to the Central California coho salmon? Streamside development, urbanisation (and stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces), dams, water diversions, invasive species, logging, mining, commercial fishing, ocean acidification, climate change, other pollution sources.

What are you doing to save it? Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) program works to protect the Endangered coho salmon by advocating for the protection of their stream habitat by restricting development near streams; working with public and private landowners to implement stream habitat restoration projects; conducting coho population monitoring; training naturalists to lead public tours to watch coho spawn, and hosting service-learning opportunities for schools, families, corporate groups, etc.

Find out more about the Turtle Island Restoration Network’s SPAWN project

Find out more about the Turtle Island Restoration Network

Discover other species in the Salmonidae family on Arkive