Celebrate Endangered Species Day Today
May 16, 2014, is the day we observe the multitude of efforts taken to protect our nation’s endangered species, as well as diverse habitat that sustain them. That’s right, it’s Endangered Species Day.
December was the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, a federal law designed to protect and restore the many imperiled populations of fish, wildlife and native plants of our nation. For many species, such as the Delmarva fox squirrel or Jesup’s milk-vetch, being listed on the Endangered Species Act was crucial in conserving rare and at-risk species. But despite our successes, these species continue to face threats around the globe ranging from climate change and rising sea levels to habitat destruction and the spread of invasive species.
There are many events throughout the Atlantic Northeast to celebrate, such as Franklin Park Zoo this Saturday, May 17. At these zoos, you can see endangered species first hand, such as jaguars and Mexican gray wolves, among other species. If there’s an event happening nearby, I encourage you to check it out! For a complete list of Endangered Species Day events, look here.
One simple way to celebrate Endangered Species Day this year would be to educate a friend or family member about the dangers that these threatened species face, not just on May 16, but every day.
This year, the winner of our Endangered Species Day Art Contest is Amy Feng, of Livingston, New Jersey, with her painting of a sea otter. Congrats Amy!
And after you’ve enjoyed the Endangered Species Day festivities, don’t forget to keep endangered species on your mind throughout the calendar year.