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May 15, 2014

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May 16 is National Endangered Species Day

Adult piping plover. Photo by Joel Trick/USFWS.
Adult piping plover. Photo by Joel Trick/USFWS.

Americans will celebrate the 9th annual national Endangered Species Day on May 16, 2014, with special events and programs that recognize our nation’s efforts to conserve and protect America’s most imperiled species.

“As Americans, we can be incredibly proud of our promise to keep species from going extinct,” said Leda Huta, Executive Director of the Endangered Species Coalition, primary sponsor of Endangered Species Day. “The Endangered Species Act has been more than 99 percentsuccessful at preventing extinction. That is quite a track record, and Endangered Species Day is a chance for all of us to join in celebrating this incredible success.”

“Endangered Species Day offers us an opportunity to recognize the uncertain future faced by many of our nation’s most iconic species and to work together to preserve our priceless natural heritage,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “For over 40 years, the Endangered Species Act has played an integral role in wildlife conservation and has ensured that future generations can continue to enjoy the species that surround us today.”

There are 75 threatened and endangered plants and animals in the Upper Midwest, including the Indiana bat, American burying beetle, eastern prairie fringed orchid and purple catspaw mussel. See a full list and read about recovery efforts at To receive daily endangered species facts, go to

National wildlife refuges, parks, botanical gardens, schools, libraries, museums, community groups and conservation organizations hold tours, exhibits, restoration projects, classroom discussions, field trips and other activities on Endangered Species Day and throughout the month. This year’s events range throughout the country and include the Endangered Species Day festival at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., information and activities at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, habitat restoration projects in Wisconsin, and special programs at more than 100 zoos and aquariums across the country.

Started in 2006 by the United States Senate, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of our nation’s imperiled plants and wildlife and wild places, with an emphasis on success stories of species recovery and the everyday actions people can take to protect our disappearing wildlife and last remaining open spaces. The Endangered Species Act has prevented hundreds of listed species from going extinct. Co-administered by the Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the purpose of the Act is to conserve imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend.

For more information about Endangered Species Day, including a list of events occurring throughout the country, visit

America’s fish, wildlife and plant resources belong to all of us, and ensuring the health of imperiled species is a shared responsibility. Learn more about the Service’s Endangered Species program, and explore what endangered species are near you, please visit

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

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