May 15 is National Endangered Species Day
The 10th Annual Endangered Species Day is May 15, 2015. Established by Congress in 2006, Endangered Species Day is recognized on the third Friday in May to encourage people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions they can take to help protect them.
Endangered Species Day is an opportunity to celebrate the conservation successes like American alligators, California condors, bald eagles, brown pelicans, and the many other species on the path to recovery thanks to the Endangered Species Act. It is also a perfect time to learn about and celebrate the progress made to protect wildlife since the creation of the Endangered Species Act in 1973. Wildlife species may be classified as threatened or endangered at either the state or the federal level. Federally, a species may be listed as threatened or endangered throughout its range under the authority of the Endangered Species Act. Currently, 19 wildlife species within the state of Oklahoma are listed as federally threatened or endangered.
Additionally, this year’s Endangered Species Day is bringing special focus to the plight of monarch butterflies. The widespread destruction of milkweed has led to alarming declines in their numbers. To address this, many Endangered Species Day events organized by the Endangered Species Coalition are including the construction of milkweed “seed bombs” in the day’s agenda. By planting milkweed around the country, we can help monarchs begin to recover. You can find instructions for making a milkweed seed bomb here.Learn more about how you can celebrate Endangered Species Day from the National Wildlife Federation here.