National Endangered Species Day

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to see a wild animal in its natural habitat, you know it’s a beautiful sight. From Cougars, Bighorn Sheep, and Jaguars, to Green Sea Turtles, Gray Wolves and Steller Sea Lions, these animals and so many others all call the U.S. home. Unfortunately, these creatures, along with a variety of plants and other wildlife find themselves on the Endangered Species list and one step closer to extinction.

In order to build awareness on this issue, the U.S. Senate established the third Friday in May as Endangered Species Day, with the hope that everyone will take part in caring for the rich and diverse native species of our country. Every year, thousands of people throughout the country celebrate Endangered Species Day at parks, wildlife refuges, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, libraries, schools and community centers. Events such as festivals, field trips, park tours, community clean-ups, film showings, classroom presentations, and many other fun and educational activities.

Every day actions affect our disappearing wildlife, and this special day is a great way to take some time and learn about the importance of protecting endangered species. Try celebrating this day with your family by learning about endangered species in your area, which is the first step to helping them.  You could also spend the day visiting a wildlife refuge to observe species in their natural habitat.

Other ways you can help include making sure your own home is wildlife-friendly. Reduce your use of water in your home and garden so that animals that live in or near water can have a better chance of survival. Disinfect bird baths often to avoid disease transmission. Place decals on windows to deter bird collisions. Millions of birds die every year because of collisions with windows. You can help reduce the number of collisions simply by placing decals on the windows in your home and office. Minimize you use of herbicides and pesticides, which may keep your yard looking nice, but are hazardous pollutants that greatly affect wildlife.

With a little bit of work and the right knowledge, we can stop being part of the problem and start being part of the solution to help these animals.