Each year on the third Friday in May, National Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for everyone to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species, their habitats and the actions necessary to do so. Every year you can participate along with thousands of others at events to celebrate National Endangered Species Day at wildlife refuges, zoos, parks, community centers, aquariums, botanical gardens, libraries and schools.
The 40th anniversary of the Federal Endangered Species Act was observed in 2013.
Designed to protect critically imperiled species from extinction as a “consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation”, it was signed into law by President Richard Nixon on December 28, 1973.
The Act is administered by two federal agencies, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
NATIONAL ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY HISTORY
Our research found the National Endangered Species Day was enacted in 2006 by the United States Senate.