For Quick Launch: December 6, 2023
Washington, DC— Faculty kids tending tiny turtles in Massachusetts. Researchers monitoring secretive rodents at night time. These are simply two of the inspiring tales of wildlife conservation showcased in a brand new report launched this week by the Endangered Species Coalition. The brand new report, Ten Tales of Hope: The Endangered Species Act at 50, explores ten examples of conservationists utilizing completely different methods to guard and get better imperiled fish, birds, crops and mammals within the U.S.
Because the Endangered Species Act turns 50 years previous this 12 months, this report tells the tales of individuals, businesses and organizations who’re working to get better species the Act protects, together with the Florida grasshopper sparrow, Chinook salmon, and the ocean otter, to call a number of. The report showcases conservation strategies that save species, from seed-banking and outplanting, to defending migration corridors and nesting websites; from eradicating dams to restoring habitat—and extra. Tales about engineering revolutionary bat homes in Miami, and botanists rappelling cliffs as they hunt for uncommon crops in Hawaii.
“This report presents hope that we are able to restore habitats and safeguard imperiled animals and crops,” mentioned Susan Holmes, government director of the Endangered Species Coalition. “As demonstrated by the extraordinary efforts of devoted area researchers, citizen scientists, and volunteers working to save lots of species all through the nation, the Endangered Species Act works!”
The Endangered Species Act was signed into regulation by President Richard Nixon in 1973, after it had handed unanimously within the U.S. Senate and 355-4 within the Home. The immensely common, profitable, and historic piece of laws has been on the core of our nation’s dedication to defending wildlife and the pure world for our kids and grandchildren. 99 p.c of species protected underneath the Endangered Species Act have been saved from extinction, together with the humpback whale, grizzly bear, and bald eagle. Because of the Endangered Species Act, grey whales nonetheless swim our coasts, peregrine falcons nonetheless soar our skies, and polar bears nonetheless roam the arctic tundra.
Endangered Species Coalition’s member teams nominated species for the report. A committee of distinguished scientists reviewed the nominations and selected the finalists. The total report could be considered and downloaded right here: https://www.endangered.org/ten-stories-of-hope. There’s additionally a assortment of photos from the report. (Republished photos have to be credited.)
The Endangered Species Coalition produces a Prime 10 report yearly, specializing in a unique theme every year. Earlier years’ reviews are additionally out there on the Coalition’s web site.