America Celebrates Endangered Species Day
On May 16th, 2008, America celebrates Endangered Species Day! The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution supporting Endangered Species Day, a national celebration of America’s commitment to protecting and recovering our nation’s endangered species. Americans young and old will learn about endangered species, including the American bald eagle, peregrine falcon, gray wolf, grizzly bear, humpback whale and many of our nation’s wildlife, fish and plants on the brink of extinction.
The goal of Endangered Species Day is simple—to educate people about the importance of protecting endangered species. Endangered Species Day provides an opportunity for parks, wildlife refuges, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, schools, museums, libraries, agencies, businesses, community groups and conservation organizations to educate the public about the importance of protecting endangered species and highlight the everyday actions that individuals and groups can take to help protect our nation’s wildlife, fish and plants. This year, our focus is on protecting imperiled species like polar bears, penguins, coral, migratory birds, salmon and frogs from global warming. A recently released report from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that 20-30 percent of animal and plant species could be at an increased risk of extinction, with up to 60 percent species loss in some areas if global warming continues unabated. With over 1,800 species worldwide now listed as threatened and endangered, and thousands more threatened with extinction unless they are protected, every such public education effort is greatly needed.