Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region

NEWS RELEASE

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

May 13, 2010

Contact:   Vanessa Kauffman, 703-358-2138

                    vanessa_kauffman@fws.gov

               Sharon Rose, 303-236-4580

                    sharon_r_rose@fws.gov

 

Fish and Wildlife Service Celebrates Endangered Species Day

 

On May 21, 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and several conservation organizations will observe Endangered Species Day to recognize the conservation programs underway nationwide aimed at protecting America’s threatened and endangered species.  

 

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) has helped to prevent the extinction of hundreds of species. Co-administered by the Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the purpose of the ESA is to conserve imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend.

 

“The Endangered Species Act is the nation’s premier law protecting biodiversity today,” said Acting Service Director Rowan Gould. “The bald eagle, American alligator and gray wolf are all species which once found themselves on the list, facing the brink of extinction, but have successfully rebounded. The wood stork, Kirtland’s warbler, Louisiana black bear and Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle are still listed species that are showing good progress towards achieving recovery – the ultimate goal of the ESA. These species and many others continue to benefit from the protections afforded by the ESA and the dedicated people who work through the Act to ensure their continued existence.” 

 

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 Service and the Endangered Species Coalition are also cosponsoring four signature events around the country to focus public support on rare and imperiled species. Events will be held in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Maine and Montana. In addition, many of the Service’s field and regional offices will be hosting events in their communities and providing unique programs to visitors on endangered species conservation. For more information on how you can find an event near you, please visit http://www.fws.gov/endangered/ESDay/2010.html

 

The following events will take place in the Denver area.

 

The Wildlife Experience  Educational Booth (Denver, CO) (Saturday, 5/15/2010) - The Service will staff an Endangered Species Day booth that includes various information and ties in with the exhibits at this center. 

Downtown Aquarium  Educational Booth (Downtown Denver, CO)  (Friday, 5/21/2010) - The Colorado River Fish Recovery program will staff an educational booth that focuses on endangered fish from 10 AM until 2 PM.

Educational Booth at the Denver Zoo  (Denver, CO) (Friday, 5/21/ 2010) - As part of the Denver Zoo's celebration of Endangered Species Day, the Service will staff an educational booth at the zoo near the polar bear exhibit.  

 

There are currently 1,324 species listed in the U.S.: 750 plants and 574 animals. To find out what endangered species are near you, and how you can help, please visit 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.

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