The 10th annual Endangered Species Day is May 15th, 2015. The Endangered Species Coalition led the effort in establishing Endangered Species Day when the Senate first officially recognized it through a resolution in 2006.
We have come a very long way since then! Thousand of young people participate in the annual Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest and there are nearly 200 events scheduled in at least 42 states, including six events in U.S. National Parks. In Washington, D.C. we are celebrating Endangered Species Day on Capitol Hill at the U.S. Botanic Garden and through 7 other area events.
On Endangered Species Day, we 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.
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.
If you are unable to make it to an event in person, you can still take part through individual conservation actions, by taking these 10 easy steps to protect endangered species, or by telling your friends!
Send an e-card:
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If you’re on Twitter, show your support for endangered species by tweeting about Endangered Species Day or take part in the Tweetstorm or Thunderclap asking President Obama to #LeadThePack and protect wolves!
I’m tweeting for wolves with @endangered this #ESDay. See how you can take part! bit.ly/1EDYILX
I’m tweeting for polar bears with @endangered this #ESDay. See how you can take part! bit.ly/1EDYILX
I’m tweeting for black-footed ferrets with @endangered this #ESDay. See how you can take part! bit.ly/1EDYILX
Update: You can see some of our favorite Endangered Species Day social media posts on our Storify.