Friday, May 16, 2014

Today is Endangered Species Day

Today is the 9th annual Endangered Species Day with events around the country.

The Endangered Species Coalition partnered with the Spring of Sustainability to assemble a week-long series of panels titled Vanishing Species Week. Every day this past week there was a new 45-minute online or phone-accessible panel, culminating in an event on today with Ed Begley, Jr.

A tweetchat today with a bear scientist and a look at threats facing sloth bears with Bear Trust International.

There are more events scheduled this weekend including awareness events like the bike ride Pedal for Polar Bears and hikes, tree-planting and habitat restoration, and gatherings of all sorts at parks, zoos, schools, and nature centers.

This day was started in 2005 in order to recognize the conservation efforts to protect our nation's endangered species and their habitats.

Here are 3 events this weekend in NJ:

Endangered Species Day program on Petty's Island (Pennsauken, NJ). Learn about endangered species and why they become listed, and then take a nature walk on the island. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon (Kelly Wenzel) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Lew Gorman). Registration required--through NJ Audubon.

Endangered Species Day at the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge means the turtles are back. Come learn about endangered species and welcome home the head-start turtles.

At Jenkinson's Aquarium on the boardwalk in Pt. Pleasanr Beach, you can learn the importance of protecting these plants and animals and what actions you can take to help preserve the future of these species. Activities, games, and chats will explore what animals reside in New Jersey. All ages. Included with admission.

Norman lupine on a fence - USFWS
California tiger salamander - USFWS

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