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Two open purple cat’s paw mussels in stream. The purple cat’s paw, found only in Killbuck Creek, Ohio, is among the rarest freshwater mussels in North America.  (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Angela Boyer)

Two open purple cat’s paw mussels in stream. The purple cat’s paw, found only in Killbuck Creek, Ohio, is among the rarest freshwater mussels in North America. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Angela Boyer)

Happy 40th, Endangered Species Act!

By Georgia Parham
External Affairs

On December 28, 1973, President Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law.  Since then, the protections afforded by the Act and the spotlight it places on the plight of imperiled species have staved off extinction for many species and paved the road to recovery for many others.  We've seen the rebound of the bald eagle, gray wolf, peregrine falcon and whooping crane, to name a few.

Over the past 12 months, Inside Region 3 has featured endangered species success stories and challenges from around the Midwest, from American burying beetles in Missouri to the Kirtland's warbler in Michigan.  The series ends this month with a focus on the Indiana bat.

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of the world’s most important conservation laws by visiting http://www.fws.gov/endangered/ESA40/index.html .  While you’re there, take a look at the video “Endangered Species 101.”  If you need a little inspiration for the new year, you’ll find it here.

-FWS-

 

 

Last updated: November 27, 2013