Happy Endangered Species Day
This Friday, May 21 is the fifth annual Endangered Species Day, a commemoration of our nation’s biodiversity and the need to protect plants, animals, and their habitats. Endangered Species Day is celebrated from community nature centers right on up to the United States Senate, which unanimously passed a Resolution acknowledging Endangered Species Day earlier this month.
Thousands of communities and leading species advocacy organizations will take time to recognize the importance of conservation programs that protect threatened and endangered plant and animal species, and celebrate the success of the Endangered Species Act, one of our nation’s cornerstone environmental laws. You can join the celebration by finding an Endangered Species Day event at a local nature center, zoo, school or library. Events vary from park tours and clean-ups to lectures and film screenings about the bald eagle, gray wolf, and many of the other 750 plants and 574 animals listed under and protected by the Endangered Species Act.
The Fish and Wildlife Service, the government agency tasked with protecting species and their habitats, will celebrate with signature events to raise awareness on species issues in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Maine and Montana. If you’re not in a city with a signature event, you can visit FWS online to take Endangered Species Quiz.
You can also use our endangered species resources to learn more about the challenges facing species today and even plan your own event. The Religious Action Center is a proud member of the Endangered Species Coalition, and we hope you will join us this Friday to commemorate Endangered Species Day by joining an event and taking action to protect the environment on which all species depend.
Photo credit, Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World