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Endangered Species Act Turns 40 on December 28

December 20, 2013

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The recovery of the bald eagle owes its success to the Endangered species Act, which turns 40 on December 28.

The recovery of the bald eagle owes its success to the Endangered species Act, which turns 40 on December 28. Credit: George Gentry/USFWS
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The Endangered Species Act, the bipartisan legislation that is credited with saving hundreds of species from extinction, was signed into law by President Nixon 40 years ago on December 28, 1973.
 
This landmark law has been the catalyst for fully recovering 31 species, including the bald eagle, eastern population of Steller sea lion, American alligator, Lake Erie water snake and the Virginia northern flying squirrel. It continues to work today to protect and recover more than 2,100 animals and plants in the U.S. and around the world.
 
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