TUCSON, Ariz.— For the second year in a row, the U.S. Senate declared an "Endangered Species Day" on May 18, 2007, to "encourage the people of the United States to become educated about, and aware of, threats to species, success stories in species recovery, and the opportunity to promote species conservation worldwide."
To help celebrate and educate, the Center for Biological Diversity has created a website (www.esasuccess.org) detailing the conservation efforts that caused the populations of 100 endangered species in every U.S. state and territory to soar.
"From key deer and green sea turtles in Florida to grizzly bears and wolves in Montana, sea otters and blue butterflies in California, and short-nose sturgeon and roseate terns in New York, the Endangered Species Act has not only saved hundreds of species from extinction," said Kieran Suckling, policy director of the Center for Biological Diversity, "but also put them on the road to recovery. The Endangered Species Act is one of America's most successful conservation laws."
The Web site features a handy interactive map that allows viewers to click on their home region and see a picture, population trend graph and short description of multiple species from that region. Detailed species accounts are also available for those wanting more information.
The Endangered Species Day resolution passed the Senate with unanimous consent on May 1, 2007. It was introduced by Senator Feinstein (D-CA) and co-sponsored by Senators Collins (R-ME), Feingold (D-WI), Levin (D-MI), Snowe (R-ME), Kerry (D-MA), Biden (D-DE), Cantwell (D-WA), Lieberman (I-CT), Wyden (D-OR), Clinton (D-NY), Crapo (R-ID), Sanders (I-VT), Akaka (D-HI), Boxer (D-CA), and Brown (D-OH).
The Center for Biological Diversity is a nonprofit conservation organization with more than 35,000 members dedicated to the protection of imperiled species and their habitats.