Endangered Species Day
Endangered Species Day is observed next on Friday, May 19th, 2023 (236 days from today).
Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for everyone to get more knowledge about the importance of protecting endangered species.
We live in a world where so many species of animals, insects, plants and creatures are approaching extinction or near extinction that their species need immediate help.
When a species is identified as endangered, their numbers are unusually low in the range of a few thousand, hundreds, or even tens. And when the last species disappear, they will disappear.
Endangered Species Day was created to make us aware of how fragile certain animals, plants and insects are and most importantly to remind us to take the time to learn why. It is important to protect endangered species from further harm.
History of Endangered Species Day
Since time began, there are many endangered species. Perhaps one of the earliest and best known about extinction in history is that of the dinosaurs. However, endangered species still exist in the world at present, however, may not be for long if steps are not taken to conserve and protect them.
The International Union decided to declare an 'endangered' status for the Conservation of Nature. According to IUCN, there have approximately 40% of endangered animals, insects and plants in the world.
There are some effective ways to help endangered species including captive breeding, which encourages endangered or rare species in captivity to breed to improve their numbers in the wild.
The reasons for the risk of extinction are varied. It is likely that because of environmental change, over-hunting by predators, poaching, change or destruction of human habits, or some natural disaster.
The first National Endangered Species Day was celebrated in 2006, but official recognition of the issue dates back long before that. Laws that have been on the books for over forty years are designed to protect species. For example, in some countries, rules prohibit economic development if it puts a particular species at risk of extinction. Many regulations also prevent humans from developing areas of special ecological significance, such as bird breeding grounds and diverse wetlands.
Basically, National Endangered Species Day is celebrated to help people learn more about the environmental issues facing the planet today. It's not about looking people in the face or even being active. Instead, it's about finding creative, win-win ways together to solve the environmental problems we face and protect the natural world. After all, all of us have to live better and better!
The day's organizers celebrate it through various public events and online. Often, there are stories read from popular children's books about the importance of taking care of endangered species. There are also documentaries and up-to-date lectures on the current state of conservation in the world and how species are thriving (or not as the case may be). And there are media screenings of issues that the community wishes to express.
Applications are also increasingly playing an important role in the legal process. Instead of just showing people pre-produced content, the organizers are engaging regular attendees via their smartphones. What's in my backyard? The identification challenge is a fun way for people to date the different species that live in their gardens and understand how diverse they are.
Endangered Species Day reminds us all that some of our favorite creatures are endangered. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, there are now more than 16,000 species of fungi, algae, plants and animals that could disappear from our planet forever. Among them, there are iconic creatures, for example, bald eagles, king crocodiles and gray wolves.
The Encyclopedia Britannica suggests that approximately half of the species on the list are threatened by human as well as their activities. Issues such as global warming, an abundance of invasive species, overfishing and over-hunting are the drivers of the current crisis. Worldwide conservation efforts are urgently needed to prevent many of the species we hold so dearly from being lost forever. However, you can do everything is a good new.
What is Endangered Species Day?
Endangered Species Day occurs on the third Friday of May. This day was created as a way to remind us of how fragile some species of animals, plants and insects are, and to encourage us to learn about why these species conservation is just as important. This is a day when people can discuss solutions and take the time to inform their loved ones about how they can help protect certain species.
What are "endangered species"?
Endangered species are animals, plants or insects that have not become extinct, but may be on the verge of extinction if appropriate protection measures are not taken. One of the most learned things about extinction in history is that of dinosaurs. The international union chooses and decides whether any animal is "endangered" or not based on different criteria. At least 40% of endangered animals, insects and plants worldwide are reported by IUCN.
How do species become endangered?
Different species can be classified as "endangered" for different reasons. Some possible reasons include environmental change, poaching, overhunting by predators, and destruction of natural habitats or natural disasters. Many countries are now combating by enacting certain laws, banning the trade in certain animal by-products, and more.
Some reasons for Endangered Species Day being important
- Healthy planet
Each animal is an important link in their respective food chain. The removal of any link has disastrous effects on other animals, people and the planet at large. The key to ensuring human history continues is to make sure we live on a healthy planet, and to do that, we must allow other animals to live and thrive with us.
- Bald Eagle: A Success Story
The pesticide DDT was once a threat to the American bald eagle population. The United States banned DDT in 1972. The Endangered Species Act went into effect a year later. The bald eagle recovered in 2007 and no longer occupies its place on the endangered list.
When discussing about studying disease, biology or natural history, studying fossils and other humans is not enough. Studying the animals with our same planet allows us to gain a deeper understanding of how life works. If a species goes extinct, there's no way for us to really understand how they've impacted the planet. After all, dodo saliva could be used as a natural antidepressant, but since they all died out a few centuries ago, we'll never know for sure.
How to celebrate Endangered Species Day
- Make a donation
There are thousands of charities dedicated to the conservation of endangered species and they could all use your help. These organizations also exist at the national and local levels, so you can choose how far and wide your money goes.
- Volunteer at a local nature center
If you can spare, find a nature center near you and volunteer. Take the opportunity to learn something new about this amazing planet on which we live and learn how you can make sure it works well into the future. Most nature centers are helpful to provide materials, and the people who work there is always available for the opportunity to talk about their work. If you are interested, volunteering can become a regular hobby!
- Take a walk in nature
Take time out on National Endangered Species Day to see first-hand what the natural world looks like, right in your backyard. See if you can spot all the creatures that make their home with you and try to figure out the best way to keep your local ecosystem running.
ObservedEndangered Species Day has been observed the third Friday in May.
Friday, May 21st, 2021
Friday, May 20th, 2022
Friday, May 19th, 2023
Friday, May 17th, 2024
Friday, May 16th, 2025
United States Senate on April 5th, 2006