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Chicago Field Office and Lincoln Park Zoo Host Endangered Species Day Celebration
Midwest Region, May 17, 2013
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Biologists from the Chicago Field Office present information on federally endangered species in Northeast Illinois during Endangered Species Day at the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Biologists from the Chicago Field Office present information on federally endangered species in Northeast Illinois during Endangered Species Day at the Lincoln Park Zoo. - Photo Credit: Lincoln Park Zoo
Female and male Hine's emerald dragonflies. These are among of the federally endangered species that occur in Northeast Illinois.
Female and male Hine's emerald dragonflies. These are among of the federally endangered species that occur in Northeast Illinois. - Photo Credit: Dr. Paul Burton

Five years ago, the U.S. Senate designated the third Friday in May as Endangered Species Day. This year, Endangered Species Day was on May 17, and it provided another opportunity for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and our partners to raise awareness about imperiled plants, animals, and habitats, and to demonstrate ways that others can help conserve these resources. Lincoln Park Zoo and the Chicago Field Office celebrated Endangered Species Day with hundreds of zoo visitors to highlight the conservation programs underway in Northeast Illinois that are aimed at recovering federally threatened and endangered species and restoring their habitat.


Northeast Illinois is home to seven federally listed species, as well as two species that have been taken off the list because they have recovered. In addition, a few federally endangered species migrate through the area and take advantage of the diverse habitats that are found in Northeast Illinois. From habitat restoration to species introduction, from bald eagles to orchids, fish and wildlife biologists provided information and answered questions from inquisitive zoo visitors about threatened and endangered species.


The endangered species information was presented near the bald eagle exhibit and the McCormick Bird house, where the endangered piping plover is on display. Visitors had the opportunity to see local endangered species and methods used by scientists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Lincoln Park Zoo and other organizations to help recover endangered species. A whooping crane costume that is used for rearing whooping crane chicks was demonstrated and artificial body parts were on display for visitors to examine. In addition to the various items  the Chicago Ecological Services Office provided , visitors could enjoy seeing endangered species from all over the world that are cared for at the zoo and how the zoo is assisting in their conservation.
Hope you will join us for Endangered Species Day 2014!


Contact Info: Kristopher Lah, (847) 381-2253 ext.15, Kristopher_Lah@fws.gov



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