Begin Planning Now for Endangered Species Day Events
By Georgia Parham
As the Service celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act throughout 2013, this is the year for Midwest Region field stations to consider marking Endangered Species Day. Programs are encouraged to look ahead to May 17 and prepare to celebrate our endangered species success stories and ongoing efforts.
There are many ways to participate – from field days to open houses and activities for kids. If your field station routinely hosts an event in the spring, consider tying it to an endangered species found in your area, or to work that is being done by your program that directly or indirectly benefits listed plants and animals.
Take the opportunity provided by Endangered Species Day to write an article for local media about what your station does to support endangered species – on refuges, at hatcheries, through grants, partnerships and research. Endangered Species Day is a great opportunity to spotlight not only our work with threatened and endangered species, but also what we do for all our trust resources.
If May 17 doesn't work for you, remember that we’re celebrating the 40th anniversary all year long. Summer events like National Fishing Day, annual celebrations like National Hunting and Fishing Day or Public Lands Day in the fall are also possibilities for highlighting endangered species efforts.
If you’re looking for ideas, check out the Service’s 40th anniversary website at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/ESA40/index.html or contact Georgia Parham in External Affairs (Georgia_Parham@fws.gov 812-334-4261 x 1203) or Kim Mitchell in Ecological Services (Kim_Mitchell@fws.gov) 612-713-5337.