| FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9, 2006
The Road to Recovery
The U.S. Senate declared May 11, 2006 Endangered Species Day to “encourage 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.”
To help celebrate and educate, the Center for Biological Diversity has created a website (www.esasuccess.org) detailing the conservation efforts that caused the populations of 100 endangered species in every U.S. state and territory to soar.
“From key deer and green sea turtles in Florida, to grizzly bears and wolves in Montana, sea otters and blue butterflies in California, and short-nose sturgeon and roseate terns in New York, the Endangered Species Act has not only saved hundreds of species from extinction,” said Kieran Suckling, policy director of the Center for Biological Diversity, “but also put them on the road to recovery. The Endangered Species Act is one of America’s most successful conservation laws.”
The web site features a map that allows viewers to quickly see a picture, population trend graph and short description of each species in their region. Detailed species accounts are also available for those wanting more information.
The Endangered Species Day resolution passed the Senate with unanimous consent on April 6, 2006. It was introduced by Senator Feinstein (D-CA) and co-sponsored by Senators Biden (D-DE), Byrd (D-WV) Cantwell (D-WA), Chafee (R-RI), Clinton (D-NY), Crapo (R-ID), Dodd (D-CT), Feingold (D-WI), Levin (D-MI), Lieberman (D-CT), Reed (D-RI), Collins (R-ME) and Snowe (R-ME).
The Center for Biological Diversity is a non-profit conservation organization with over 22,500 members dedicated to the protection of imperiled species and their habitats.