Muskrats are originally from North America, but were brought over to Europe in the 20th century. They could have been brought over for a number of reasons, but the most promising is that the Muskrat was brought over on purpose, due to increasing fur values. The Muskrat is a semi-aquatic rodent. They are invasive for many reasons, including rapid growth of their population and their ability to get away from predators, by burrowing underwater. Although, there are so many Muskrats, they impact the environment negatively. They often damage watercourse embankment and consume valuable crops.
Endangered Lady Slipper Orchids
The Lady Slipper Orchid, or otherwise known as Cypripedium is endangered in Boreal Forests. The Lady Slipper Orchid can be found all over the world, but is most commonly found in the Taiga and in cooler climates. These flowers tend to grow and live on the bases of trees. They feed off of dead leaves and matter. The endangerment of Cypripedium is caused by deforestation in Boreal Forests. The less trees, the less Orchids.
The Bilberry Bush is native to Europe, where as the Blueberry Bush is native to North America, although, the two are very alike. Bilberry Bushes survive in nutrient-poor soil, making it ideal for them to grow in Coniferous Forests. The Bilberry can be eaten raw or made with other things.