Endangered Species Day

May 7, 2010 at 4:22 pm Leave a comment

On May 21, 2010, the Fish and Wildlife Service will officially observe Endangered Species Day in order to recognize this vital national conservation effort protecting our nation’s endangered, threatened and at-risk species. 

When the Endangered Species Act became law in 1973, it formally established that our rich natural heritage is of “esthetic, ecological, educational, recreational, and scientific value to our Nation and its people.” 

It also expressed an overriding concern that many of our nation’s native fish, wildlife, and plants were in danger of becoming extinct.

Our success in saving species from extinction and helping them recover would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of our partners, especially recovery partners. 

We are encouraging all of our partners to get involved in this exciting day by organizing Endangered Species Day events.  Consider events with schools, community groups, and other organizations.

Both the Service (http://www.fws.gov/endangered/ESDay/2010.html) and the Endangered Species Coalition (http://www.stopextinction.org/esd.html) have useful information online.  

How to guides, lesson plans, and information on a national art contest are available online. Supporting materials can be downloaded or can be provided (quantities limited) including posters, stickers, brochures, etc. 

For more information, contact Amelia Orton-Palmer, Regional Endangered Species Biologist, at 303-236-4211.

As the Service and our partners celebrate the unique natural heritage of our country and the work being done to conserve plants and animals and the habitat they depend on, we can inspire others and ourselves to further the recovery of endangered, threatened, and at-risk species.

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