Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Endangered Species Day Celebrations Take Place Across California, Nevada and the Klamath Basin

May 17, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Erica Szlosek (916) 978-6159

 
Endangered Species Day Celebrations Take Place Across California, Nevada and the Klamath Basin 


The Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will observe Endangered Species Day on May 20, to recognize conservation efforts throughout California, Nevada and the Klamath Basin aimed at helping the region’s imperiled species.

The Endangered Species Act, which became law in 1973, has helped to prevent the extinction of hundreds of species across the nation. Co-administered by the Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the purpose of the Act is to conserve imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend.

“The Fish and Wildlife Service works with our many conservation partners as well as the public to conserve and protect imperiled species. Endangered Species Day provides an opportunity to celebrate our shared successes.” said Acting Service Director Rowan Gould. “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.”

Many of the Region’s field offices will be hosting events and providing unique programs to visitors on endangered species conservation. One of the Region’s largest celebrations is “Walk on the Wild Side” taking place Saturday, May 21 in the Elk Gove (Sacramento area): http://www.fws.gov/stonelakes/wow2011.pdf. Additional events will be held at Desert National Wildlife Refuge (Las Vegas area):  http://www.fws.gov/desertcomplex/news_release/2011/documents/NR-DNWR_75th_Birthday_Bash_05-13-11.pdf and at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay: http://www.fws.gov/desfbay/Tideline/Dates/May21.htm.

For more information on how you can find an event near you, please visit http://www.fws.gov/endangered/ESDay/2011.html.

The Service works with other federal agencies, state, local and tribal governments, environmental organizations, industry groups, academia, the scientific community and members of the public to help conserve our nation’s threatened and endangered fish, wildlife and plants. Endangered Species Day honors this national commitment to recovering endangered species and their habitats and provides an opportunity to learn about what efforts are being made to conserve them.

The bald eagle and brown pelican are species that were on the brink of extinction, but have successfully rebounded. The California condor is a species that is showing progress towards recovery — the ultimate goal of the Act. Destruction of habitat, poaching, and lead poisoning almost wiped out the population and in 1982, only 20+ birds remained in the wild. Thanks to a conservation-breeding program, within 20 years the population of California condors grew to nearly 200 birds. And starting in the early 1990s, captive-bred condors were reintroduced to the wild in California. As of January 2011, there are 369 California condors, including 190 birds currently living in the wild. To read more about the remarkable California condor recovery: http://www.fws.gov/hoppermountain/CACORecoveryProgram/CACondorRecoveryProgram.html.

For more information about events around the country and Endangered Species Day, visit www.EndangeredSpeciesDay.org.

America’s fish, wildlife and plant resources belong to all of us, and ensuring the health of imperiled species is a shared responsibility. To learn more about the Service’s Endangered Species program, go to http://www.fws.gov/endangered/.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usfws, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwshq, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfwsand download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq.

                                                                                                                                            

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