Spring 2020 is a season of milestones for protecting our environment and wildlife. Not only is this week the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, but we’re also rapidly approaching the 15th anniversary of Endangered Species Day.
Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate and learn about endangered species and how to protect them. Normally, hundreds of public events are held across the world for Endangered Species Day. This year, due to the global coronavirus crisis, this won’t be possible. But that doesn’t mean we can’t do anything to celebrate wildlife!
Here’s what the Endangered Species Coalition is doing to speak out against extinction on the 15th annual Endangered Species Day:
Story Time: Every morning Monday, May 11th through Friday, May 15th, we’ll be reading aloud a children’s book featuring endangered species. We’ll be reading these fun and educational stories live on our Facebook page. Tune in by visiting our Facebook page at 9am Pacific Time / 12pm Eastern Time each day.
Racing Extinction Screening: On Friday, May 15th, we’re offering people the opportunity to watch the intense, informative documentary Racing Extinction online, and participate in a live Q&A afterwards with the filmmakers. To find out more details and get access to this film screening event, RSVP here.
Get outdoors through our all-day What’s In My Backyard? species identification challenge. On Saturday, May 16th, people around the world will use the free app iNaturalist to take photos and identify local species. This is a great activity for adults or families who want to get out into nature and learn more about the wildlife right in your backyard. Read full instructions for how to participate here.
Endangered Species Day is a chance to celebrate the biodiversity all around us and remember why we must constantly strive to protect our most cherished wildlife species and their habitat. Join one or all of Endangered Species Day activities to be a part of this exciting global event.