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May 17 is Endangered Species Day

IMG_7761There are dozens of days I know nothing about. May 18 is apparently No Dirty Dishes Day, a day I think I can easily celebrate.  June 15th is World Juggler’s Day. July 21 is National Ice Cream Day.

I’m not planning to start celebrating juggling any time soon. But Endangered Species Day? That’s one to put on the calendar. Endangered Species day is the third Friday in May. That’s today!

Over 1200 animals and 747 plants are protected under the US Endangered Species Act, like the tiny Lange’s Metalmark Butterfly with a wingspan of 1.5 inches and my son’s favorite, the Grizzly Bear. According to one report, the world’s most endangered species include the Sumatran rhino – less than 250 mature Sumatran rhinos left in the wild today – and the greater bamboo lemur, down to a population of 100 – 160 in the rainforest of Madagascar.

If you, like me, want to make Endangered Species Day into Endangered Species Month or Year, here’s a list of 10 ways to get started. The tips include ones that my family tries to do already, like avoid products made with palm oil because it threatens tiger and orangutan habitats, and ones I’ve never thought of, like placing decals on windows to deter bird collisions.

Other ways to celebrate:

Visit your local zoo. The Denver Zoo, for example, is hosting a weekend worth of special events for Endangered Species Day.

Adopt your own tiger, rockhopper penguin, or lynx.

Pledge to support the continuation of the Endangered Species Act.

Learn about endangered species with the Save Our Species coloring book or through the World Wildlife Fund’s free app.

 

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