2017 Endangered Species Day Events

The Service is helping out in many parts of the Southeast Region. Here are a few examples:

Alabama

In Daphne, Alabama, Service employees will be giving endangered species talks at local elementary schools with a focus on endangered species recovery and a live gopher tortoise for demonstration.

Arkansas

The Arkansas Ecological Services Field Office, in partnership with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, hosted its eighth annual K-12 art contest focusing on endangered and threatened species found in Arkansas. The Service provides grade appropriate endangered species teaching materials, and biologists from our office are available to visit classes and talk about our work with listed species throughout the state. This year, the art contest had over 600 entries from 36 schools; entries encompassed 37 of Arkansas’ listed species. Entries were judged based on concept, composition, color, and expression by judges from all three agencies. Kitty Harvill, a local artist whose work focuses on nature conservation around the world, was this year’s special guest judge. 

Theoverall contest winner was a mixed-media Ivory Billed Woodpecker by Kenleigh Godwin, a junior at Southside High School in Fort Smith, AR. We also awarded 1st through 3rd place in each of our four age categories. You can view Kenleigh’s winning piece and the winners for each age group online at https://www.fws.gov/arkansas-es/esdaywinners2017.html

This year, all 15 winning pieces of artwork are displayed at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center in Little Rock as part of their Endangered Species Day celebrations. Artwork will be on display through June 1.

Panama City, Florida

Service employees will be doing a career talk at Deer Point Elementary with a focus on endangered species recovery and how young people can help.

Atlanta, Georgia

The Georgia Aquarium celebrates Endangered Species Day on May 19 at 11 am; and the Atlanta Botanical Garden will be joined by Service staff at for an observance at 10 a.m. June 3, http://atlantabg.org/visit/events/endangered-species-day.

Louisiana

On Saturday, May 20th, the Alexandria Zoo, in Louisiana, will be holding an Endangered Species Day Event. To help them celebrate, staff from the Louisiana ES Field Office will have a table demonstration with a live Louisiana pine snake, “peeping” for red-cockaded woodpecker eggs, an example of a gopher tortoise burrow and other great information about endangered species.

Asheville, North Carolina

The entire Asheville Ecological Services Field Office staff to celebrate this day will participate in surveys for the recently listed rusty patched bumble bee.

Puerto Rico

The Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office celebrated a Puerto Rican crested toad (a threatened amphibian) release on May 18. They will also be planting cobana negra (a threatened plant) later this month in conjunction with partners.

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. For more information on our work and the people who can make it happen, visit fws.gov. Connect with the Service on Facebook, follow our tweets, watch the YouTube Channel and download photos from Flickr.