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National Endangered                Species Day

National Endagered Species Day -  Graphic from National Day Calendar

Endangered Species Day - May 17, 2024

Link to FWC Wildlife Conservation

Link to Florida Threatened Species List


Examples of Animals on Endagered Species List:

Florida Panther           

Sea Turtle                     

Gopher Tortise              


Asian Elephant           

Black Bear                 

Bald Eagles                     

American Alligators     


Atlantic Sturgen           

Freshwater Turtles         

FL Burrowing Owl

FL Sandhill Crane                                   

Brown Pelican               

Snowy Egret                     

Eastern Chipmunk       



Endangered Species Day is celebrated every year on the third Friday in May, encouraging people to learn about and take action to help endangered species.

The US Endangered Species Act (ESA) is our nation’s most effective law to protect at-risk species from extinction, with a stellar success rate: 99% of species listed on it have avoided extinction.

Passed with bipartisan support on Dec. 28, 1973, the law allows individuals and organizations to petition to have a species listed as endangered or threatened. These listing petitions undergo rigorous scientific evaluation and public review before a final decision is made on whether a species should be protected. The law requires protection for critical habitat areas and the development and implementation of recovery plans for listed species. It also allows for flexibility in its implementation, requiring coordination among federal, state, tribal, and local officials on efforts to prevent extinction.

Populations are monitored over time to determine whether a given species is recovering. When species are considered recovered, they are removed from the list. Viewed as the gold standard for conservation legislation, the ESA is one of the world's most effective laws for preventing and reversing the decline of endangered and threatened wildlife. In 2016, more listed species were found to be partially or completely recovered than in any previous year since the ESA became law.

The rebound of a species is a gradual process that requires a long-term commitment dependent on many factors such as habitat, food availability, reproduction rate, and climate. The longer a species remains listed, the more likely it is to be recovering.  from WWF webpage


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