Today’s Endangered Species topic is in honor of the signing of the Endangered Species Act, which was enacted on February 3, 1973.
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Barbara J. Feldman
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Endangered Species Printable(** for Premium Members only)
Since the Endangered Species Act was enacted in 1973, many species have been saved from extinction, including the bald eagle, the humpback whale, and the American bison. Sometimes, however, despite enormous investments of time and money, efforts to save a species are not successful. Trying to understand all the forces involved in the natural world is never an easy task. Here are some resources to start the learning process.
American Museum of Natural History: Going, Going, Gone!
“You will never see the great auk, the laughing owl, or the O’ahu ‘O’o at the zoo or even in the wild because these species are gone forever. That’s extinction – when all the members of a species have died.” Going, Going, Gone! (published by the American Museum of Natural History) offers a look at a handful of species that are endangered, threatened, or vulnerable. Learn more by following the link to What Causes Extinction, or playing the Endangered Species Game.
In Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle Book,” Mowgli, the man-cub, is found abandoned in the jungle. Akela, the great lone wolf, asks, “Who speaks for this cub?” Bagheera, the black panther, drops from the trees, and in a soft purring voice speaks out to save the man-cub. Expanding this metaphor, Bagheera is a Web site where people can learn about endangered species issues, and become “a voice to help save the animals from becoming extinct.” Bagheera is a rich resource, and includes case studies and classroom activities.
Defenders of Wildlife; Wildlife
In addition to an excellent introduction to the Endangered Species Act (which answers questions such as “How does a species get listed?” and “How are listed species protected?”) this section of Defenders of Wildlife links to fact sheets on more than fifty endangered species. Many of the fact sheets include video and photo galleries, as well as the usual stats.
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