Honor Endangered Species Day on May 18th
Every year, 27,000 species (three every hour) become extinct because of over population, destruction of natural habitats, use of pesticides, pollution and illegal hunting and trading. Since 1996, scientists calculate that 124 types of amphibians, 1,108 types of birds, 734 types of fish, 1,096 types of mammals, and 253 types of reptiles have become endangered, and recently, the rate of species dying out has increased dramatically. YOU can be the change that keeps these creatures alive and protects them from being endangered.
- Participate in Endangered Species Day in your state on May 18th.
- Read: 10 Easy things you can do at home to protect endangered species.
- Show your support for endangered species on Facebook and Twitter by replacing your profile picture or avatar on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ with a picture of your favorite species.
- Tweet about Endangered Species Day using the hashtag #ESDay
- If you are a Teacher, hold an Endangered Species Day in your class.
Why It Matters
Endangered species are animals or plants that are soon to die out, never to be seen again on this earth. According to ItsNature.org, among the species that have already become extinct are the Dodo Bird, British Wolf, Javan Tiger, North African Elephant, Pig-footed Bandicoot and Japanese Sea Lion.
In 2006, the U.S. Senate passed the first Endangered Species Day to help bring attention to our nation’s endangered species. This day, the third Friday in May, is an opportunity for people to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and we can take action to help protect our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining open spaces.
Every year, thousands of people throughout the country honor Endangered Species Day at parks, wildlife refuges, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, libraries, schools and community centers. You can participate in festivals, field trips, park tours, community clean-ups, film showings, classroom presentations, and many other fun and educational activities.
This Endangered Species Day, show your support for threatened and endangered species by sharing it with others (Twitter, Facebook, email, etc.) and by participating in events in your area. Visit StopExtinction.org today.