May 11, 2006 By the Center for Biological Diversity
TUSCON, Ariz. The U.S. Senate declared May 11, 2006 Endangered Species Day
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 (http://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 map that allows viewers to quickly see a picture,
population trend graph and short description of each species in their
region. Detailed species accounts are also available for those wanting more
The Endangered Species Day resolution passed the Senate with unanimous
consent on April 6, 2006. It was introduced by Senator Feinstein (D-CA) and
co-sponsored by Senators Biden (D-DE), Byrd (D-WV) Cantwell (D-WA), Chafee
(R-RI), Clinton (D-NY), Crapo (R-ID), Dodd (D-CT), Feingold (D-WI), Levin
(D-MI), Lieberman (D-CT), Reed (D-RI), Collins (R-ME) and Snowe (R-ME).
The Center for Biological Diversity is a non-profit conservation
organization with over 22,500 members dedicated to the protection of
imperiled species and their habitats.
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