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Endangered Species Day - May 16th, 2008
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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 warmingA 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. 

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Celebrate Endangered Species Day on May 16th!


Join an Endangered Species Day event in your community!


Check out the list of Endangered Species Day events to find one in your city.   Events are happening this week and throughout the month of May.

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Plan your own Endangered Species Day event!


Find everything you need in our Endangered Species Day toolkit including a step-by-step guide to planning an Endangered Species Day event and materials to make your event fun and successful.

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Support Endangered Species Protections


Call your member of Congress and thank them for supporting the Endangered Species Day resolution.

  Sign the Endangered Species Act Legacy Pledge


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