What Are You Doing to Help Endangered Species?
On the third Friday of May every year, thousands of people celebrate Endangered Species Day by visiting parks, wildlife refuges and zoos and attending events in support of nationwide conservation efforts underway protecting America’s threatened, endangered and at-risk species. The Endangered Species list, co-administered by the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has prevented hundreds of listed species from becoming extinct.
“Endangered Species Day provides an opportunity to celebrate our successes and strengthen our partnership with the American public to conserve our shared natural resources,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “By taking action to help our threatened and endangered plants and animals, we can ensure a healthy future for our country and protect treasured landscapes for future generations.”
The FWS and the Endangered Species Coalition are cosponsoring events around the country. Events are as varied as educational programs at the local libraries to the Youth Art Contest and week-long events that include International Migratory Bird Day. Go to your Facebook page and support the cause by changing your profile picture or cover photo to an Endangered Species to promote awareness.
“Endangered Species Day celebrates America’s natural heritage and our country’s successful efforts to protect imperiled species,” said Leda Huta, Executive Director of the Endangered Species Coalition. “As Americans, we can be proud that we have one of the strongest endangered species programs in the world. Americans have established a legacy of protecting endangered species for our children and grandchildren.”
Endangered Species need protection all year round, not on just one day. Here are 10 things you can do all year to help the cause.