The Endangered Species Coalition coordinates the annual Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest and Endangered Species Day.
2020 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest
Elementary, middle and high school teachers and their students are encouraged to participate in the 2020 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, an integral part of the 15tIh annual Endangered Species Day, celebrated on and around May 15, 2020.
(Above illustration of Hawksbill Sea Turtle by Brandon Xie, winner of the 2018 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, shown on cover of Fish & Wildlife Service’s 2019 calendar.)
The Youth Art Contest provides K-12 students residing in the United States with an opportunity to learn about endangered animal and plant species and express their knowledge and support through artwork. Young artists who are home schooled and participate in youth groups are also eligible to submit their art. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2020.
Visit http://www.endangeredspeciesday.org for more information, including complete contest guidelines, submission details, an art lesson plan, and the 2019 contest winners’ and semi-finalists’ artwork.
Endangered Species Day
Update (3/21/20)–Please note that because of the COVID-19 virus-crisis, and that large gatherings of people are discouraged or prohibited (depending on the state/city), many of this year’s Endangered Species Day events and activities will be online-based, including webinars, virtual tours and other individual actions. Visit the Endangered Species Day website (www.endangeredspeciesday.org) for further news.
15th Annual Endangered Species Day Set for May 15, 2020
The 15th annual international Endangered Species Day occurs on May 15, 2020. Zoos, aquariums, museums, botanic gardens, wildlife refuges, wetlands, parks, schools, community centers and a wide variety of conservation groups will be holding tours, exhibits, presentations, restoration projects, children’s activities on May 15 and throughout May.
There are numerous ways to be involved in Endangered Species Day, including:
*Learning more about threatened/endangered species.
*Attending one of the events/activities near you.
*Planning your own ES Day event, which could include a habitat clean-up project, planting a milkweed garden for monarch butterflies, or organizing children’s activities.
*Leading a classroom discussion or arranging a library display of endangered species books/photos/other material at your school.
*Sending a free e-card to announce ES Day.
*Joining an organization whose mission includes endangered species protection.
To learn more about how you can be involved in Endangered Species Day activities and find an event near you, visit www.endangeredspeciesday.org
In The News
From the May 2019 issue of Ranger Rick Magazine
Be Social & Tweet
Here are some sample Endangered Species Day tweets you can send:
Friday, May 15th is #EndangeredSpeciesDay! Celebrate the successes we have achieved thanks to the Endangered Species Act. #StopExtinction [photo or graphic]
#EndangeredSpeciesDay is Friday, May 15th! Find an event or other ways you can take action to save species. http://bit.ly/ESDayEvents [photo or graphic]
This #EndangeredSpeciesDay we are celebrating #ESASuccess and taking action to protect endangered and threatened species. [photo or graphic]
Make a roar to #StopExtinction this #EndangeredSpeciesDay! https://p2a.co/xfRzJ0j
Without the Endangered Species Act, the bald eagle may have disappeared forever. Celebrate conservation this #EndangeredSpeciesDay at an event near you http://bit.ly/ESDayEvents
Find an #EndangeredSpeciesDay event near you and help to #stopextinction: http://bit.ly/ESDayEvents
What They Said
This is a sampling of the messages tweeted about Endangered Species Day 2019 by Senators, environmental leaders, celebrities and others:
Senate Resolution (2006)
Summary of the 2006 Senate Resolution that unanimously approved Endangered Species Day.
S.Res. 431 (109th): A resolution designating May 11, 2006, as “Endangered Species Day”, and encouraging 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
109th Congress, 2005–2006. Text as of Apr 05, 2006 (Resolution Agreed to).
SRES 431 ATS
S. RES. 431Designating May 11, 2006, as `Endangered Species Day’, and encouraging 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.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 5, 2006Mrs. FEINSTEIN (for herself, Mr. CHAFEE, Mrs. CLINTON, Mr. CRAPO, Mr. BIDEN, Mr. BYRD, Mr. FEINGOLD, Mr. REED, Ms. CANTWELL, Mr. LEVIN, Mr. LIEBERMAN, Mr. DODD, and Ms. SNOWE) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to
RESOLUTIONDesignating May 11, 2006, as `Endangered Species Day’, and encouraging 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.
Whereas in the United States and around the world, more than 1,000 species are officially designated as at risk of extinction and thousands more also face a heightened risk of extinction;
Whereas the actual and potential benefits derived from many species have not yet been fully discovered and would be permanently lost if not for conservation efforts;
Whereas recovery efforts for species such as the whooping crane, Kirtland’s warbler, the peregrine falcon, the gray wolf, the gray whale, the grizzly bear, and others have resulted in great improvements in the viability of such species;
Whereas saving a species requires a combination of sound research, careful coordination, and intensive management of conservation efforts, along with increased public awareness and education;
Whereas two-thirds of endangered or threatened species reside on private lands;
Whereas voluntary cooperative conservation programs have proven to be critical for habitat restoration and species recovery; and
Whereas education and increasing public awareness are the first steps in effectively informing the public about endangered species and species restoration efforts: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate–
(1) designates May 11, 2006, as `Endangered Species Day’; and
(A) educational entities to spend at least 30 minutes on Endangered Species Day teaching and informing students about threats to, and the restoration of, endangered species around the world, including the essential role of private landowners and private stewardship to the protection and recovery of species;
(B) organizations, businesses, private landowners, and agencies with a shared interest in conserving endangered species to collaborate on educational information for use in schools; and
(C) the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.