In 2011, Endangered Species Day is May 20. This day is dedicated to recognizing the many endangered species on our planet, and the conservation efforts that are being made to save them from extinction. In the United States, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) became law in 1973. Since that time it has helped protect a variety of wild animals from human activities such as poaching and destroying their habitats. However, it is becoming more and more clear, due to various political shenigans, that the ESA is sometimes undermined, and animals suffer because of human greed.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has published a webpage with a finder to help visitors learn about endangered species in their state. For example, if you select California, a page will show a list of 123 endangered and threatened wild species, with links to more specific information about each one. There are pages for all the states with information about local endangered animals.
Acting Director of the USFWS said, “By taking action to help our imperiled native fish, wildlife and plants, we can ensure a healthy future for our community and protect treasured landscapes for future generations.” (Source: WoWT)
There are actually Endangered Species Day events taking place throughout the month of May and in many states. You can find out more on this web page.
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