The Endangered Species Coalition coordinates the annual Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest and Endangered Species Day.
2021 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest
Elementary, middle and high school teachers and their students are encouraged to participate in the 2021 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, an integral part of the 16tIh annual Endangered Species Day, celebrated on and around May 21, 2021.
Above: The 2021 Fish & Wildlife Service Calendar, featuring the artwork of Saving Endangered Species Art Contest winners. This cover illustration is by 2020 contest Grand Prize Winner Isis Stevens (age 14).
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, 2021.
Check out the contest details, including eligible species, submission criteria, and a new award structure.
Endangered Species Day
The 16th annual Endangered Species Day will take place on May 21, 2021. Visit the Endangered Species Day website (www.endangeredspeciesday.org) for further news.
Special 2021 Events
You can find details about the Endangered Species Chalk Art Competition and the Pollinator Party, the outdoor species identification challenge, at this website: https://www.endangered.org/campaigns/endangered-species-day/. They are under the “Featured Events” section.
Endangered Species Day Background
Until 2020, zoos, aquariums, museums, botanic gardens, wildlife refuges, wetlands, parks, schools, community centers and a wide variety of conservation groups celebrated by holding tours, exhibits, presentations, habitat restoration projects, and children’s programs on Endangered Species Day and throughout May.
Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, last year most of the activity was virtual-based, which is likely for Endangered Species Day 2021 as well. However, there will definitely be a wide variety of educational and other programs for people to help recognize this important event, including those mentioned in the Save The Date flyer (above).
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
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.
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
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 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.