May 15, 2013
Celebrate Endangered Species Day at Lincoln Park Zoo with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Five years ago, the U.S. Senate designated the third Friday in May as Endangered Species Day. This year, Endangered Species Day is May 17, an opportunity 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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will celebrate Endangered Species Day to highlight the conservation programs underway in Northeast Illinois 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. From habitat restoration to species introduction, from bald eagles to orchids, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff will be on hand to present information and answer questions about threatened and endangered species. Hours are 10 am to 2 pm.
The endangered species information will be presented north of the main entrance near the bald eagle exhibit and the McCormick Bird house, where the endangered piping plover is on display. Visitors can learn about and see local endangered species and methods used by scientists with the Service, Lincoln Park Zoo and other organizations to help recover endangered species. In addition, visitors can see endangered species from all over the world that are cared for at the zoo and how the zoo is assisting in their conservation.
Come join the celebration!
Federally endangered species are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Since 1973, the purpose of the Endangered Species Act has been to “provide a means whereby the ecosystems upon which endangered species and threatened species depend may be conserved.” The Endangered Species Act has helped bring back species including some that occur in Northeast Illinois, like the bald eagle and peregrine falcon, and has prevented the extinction of many other plants and animals. For information on endangered species in the Northeast Illinois, please visit http://www.fws.gov/midwest/Chicago/endangeredspecies.htm
There are currently 1,440 species listed in the U.S.: 818 plants and 622 animals. To find out more about endangered species 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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