Endangered Species Day – An Overview
The species that are at high risk of extinction are commonly known as endangered species. There may be various reasons like loss of habitat, loss of its population, etc. that increases the risk of a particular species to become endangered or go extinct.
In the past, many species became endangered and slowly gone extinct, but the rate of extinction is quite high from the past few decades. This is a fact to worry about the loss of biodiversity mainly caused due to environmental exploitation.
In the year 1960s, the concern about the endangered species was taken on serious notes. Followed to this in 1972, the protection of endangered species was enacted with laws “the U.S. Endangered Species Act.” Two federal agencies administer the act – the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.
Later on, in 2006, the day was observed as Endangered Species Day to grab the attention of people about the protection of endangered species. Since 2006, this event is observed every year on the 3rd Friday of May month.
This day is celebrated to raise awareness about the importance of conservation of endangered species, their habitat, and necessary measures for their protection, etc. You can also be a part of this movement and contribute to the protection of endangered species.
This day provides an opportunity for every individual to make necessary conservation efforts for the protection of endangered species of their country.
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Endangered Species Day History
In 2006, Endangered Species Day came into existence as a day to celebrate the concern about endangered species. Many people participate in different ways to celebrate the day in support of the protection of endangered species.
Some people join the conservation group, whereas some people host events to raise awareness about the protection of endangered species. We have gone a long way from where it has begun, and now Endangered Species Day has become one of the popular movements for the conservation of endangered species.
In 2006, the senator of the United States declared that the movement started in 1972-73 will be carried out as Endangered Species Day every year. The day will be celebrated on the 3rd Friday of May month annually. In 2006 the beginning of the worldwide event was celebrated on 19th May.
In 2007, 18th May was the day we celebrated Endangered Species Day. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had updated a list of plant and animal species. These species were listed as candidates for conservation under ESA (Endangered Species Act). As per the list, there were 280 species selected for ESA protection (recognized by U.S Fish & Wildlife Service).
In 2008, 16th May was the day for Endangered Species Day. Various events were organized to spread awareness about the conservation of endangered species. In America, more than 90 events were held across the country to celebrate the day.
In 2009, various conservation programs were organized by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the aim of conservation of endangered species. This year we celebrated the Endangered Species Day on 15th May.
Endangered Species Act co-administered with U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to protect the threatened species and their habitat for the betterment of the ecosystem.
In 2010, various events under celebrations of Endangered Species Day celebrations were held on 21st May. The Fish and Wildlife Service was ready with plans to execute to protect endangered species.
In 2011, on 20th May, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service cosponsored many events with various conservation organizations to celebrate Endangered Species Day.
In 2012, the critics of Endangered Species Day had decided to test the rate of recovery of endangered species. Surprisingly the results were quite satisfying.
Almost 90% of endangered species were recovering at a satisfactory rate. 18th May was the Endangered Species Day in the year 2012.
In 2013, Endangered Species Day was observed as the 8th annual celebration on 17th May. The Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dan Ashe said that Endangered Species Day is an excellent opportunity to recognize the work done by committed people for the protection of endangered species.
In 2014, it was the 9th annual celebration of Endangered Species Day. The day was celebrated on 16th May as a reminder to the world that many species have become endangered due to various environmental issues.
We have to do all possible efforts to protect these species to maintain proper balance in the biodiversity & environment.
In 2015, on 15th May, the celebration for Endangered Species Day was organized with a lot of enthusiasm. Many young people participated in the annual Saving Endangered Species Youth art contest.
Along with this, many other events (nearly 200 events) were organized across America to spread awareness about the conservation of endangered species.
In 2016, It was the11th anniversary of Endangered Species Day on 20th May. In America, this day was celebrated with many special events and programs to recognize the efforts of protecting many endangered species of the country.
In 2017, on 19th May (the day for the celebration of Endangered Species Day), the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service employees had planned to raise awareness at local elementary schools about endangered species protection.
Also, the art contest for grade K-12 was organized, focusing on the protection of endangered species. This was the eighth annual art contest organized by the Arkansas Ecological Services Field Office in partnership with Arkansas Game & Fish Commission & Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission.
There were more than 600 entries in this art contest from 36 schools. All the winning artwork (1st to 3rd place in all four age categories) was displayed through 1st June.
In 2018, on 18th May, the day was observed as Endangered Species Day. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Endangered Species Coalition, the International Child Art Foundation & the Association of Zoos & Aquarium had sponsored an event named “Saving Endangered Species.”
This was an art contest for the children in grades K-12 to celebrate Endangered Species Day 2018. The main objective of this contest was to make people aware of wildlife and the importance of protecting endangered species.
It was an excellent opportunity for everyone to contribute to the Endangered Species Day celebration, especially those who missed the chance last year.
In 2019, endangered species day was celebrated on 17th May i.e., the third Friday of May month. UN’s biodiversity and ecosystem arm IPBES has reported at the starting of this month. This report notifies that around one million species are endangered worldwide and are very close to extinction.
This was a very challenging picture that we came across last year. As per conservationist Rob Shumaker, “there is no time to delay, the action is needed now itself.” Everyone needs to put effort into protecting the endangered animals and their habitat as well.
Every individual effort will be counted to conserve the environment, which is must require for the survival of all the creatures of the planet, including endangered animals.
Endangered Species Day 2020
We are going to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Endangered Species Day this year. The day will be celebrated on 15th May 2020. It is a platform where each individual can show their support to conserve the threatened species worldwide.
Various events will be organized to grab the attention of the world, expecting their valuable contributions. You can participate in Endangered Species Day 2020 in several ways. For example:
- You can participate in “Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest” to show your concern about the protection of endangered species.
- You can create your own event to spread awareness about the protection of endangered species.
- Volunteer in a clean-up program.
- Recycle or choose to purchase sustainable products for the conservation of the habitat of endangered animals, etc.
Name of Some Endangered Species
The day by day change in the climate is affecting the environment of the planet. These environmental changes are not only affecting us but also affecting the wildlife adversely. As a result, many species have threatened and if not protected will be extinct very soon.
Some of the endangered species includes –
- Amur Leopard
- Sea Turtle
- Sumatran Elephant
- Graham’s Penstemon
- Western Prairie Fringed Orchid, etc.
How Can We Celebrate National Endangered Species Day?
- One of the best options to prove your dedication towards wildlife & endangered species conservation is to join the National Wildlife Federation. Become a member and take part in various efforts of conservation of endangered species.
- Support Endangered Species Day and raise awareness about the protection of endangered species through social media. You can update your Facebook cover image and DP to promote this event worldwide. In addition, share this article with friends.
- Every year many events are organized to celebrate Endangered Species Day. You can join any of these events and contribute your share to the Endangered Species Day.
- You can join Endangered Species Coalition Activist Network to get notified by emails for taking necessary actions.
- Awareness about endangered species protection, especially among the children is very important to make them aware of the threats to wildlife and how they can help.
- You can start tree planting (also flowers) to grab the attention of pollinators.
- Start implementing the recycle process to deal with unwanted trash causing marine pollution.
- You can go one step ahead and create fundraisers to support the events and programs planned for the protection of endangered species.
- Another best way to celebrate this event is by sponsoring an endangered animal.
- You can take initiative to clean-up your parks, beaches, rivers, etc. as it will also impact the conservation of endangered species.
- Make use of Eco-friendly products and also recommend the same to others.
- Make strict rules and regulations to control wildlife criminal activities to save endangered species.
Earth is a home for millions of species including plants, animals, birds, and humans, etc. All these species play their role to maintain balance in the ecosystem. If any species becomes endangered it creates an imbalance in the ecosystem.
We need to follow the rules and regulations of the Endangered Species Act for the protection of these species. Apart from this, you can also be an active participant by raising awareness about the importance of the protection of endangered species.