May 18th, 2012 is the seventh annual Endangered Species Day! Started by the United States Senate in 2006, Endangered Species Day is observed annually on the third Friday in May.
There are over 130 events being held from coast to coast through the end of the month. Here in Washington, DC, we'll be at the United States Botanic Garden for the Endangered Species Day Festival. There will be educational booths, children's activities, tours of endangered plants and more! Please stop out if you're in the city or if not, go to endangeredspeciesday.org and find an event near you.
Endangered Species Day is a unique opportunity to both celebrate the successes we've had in protecting and recovering threatened and endangered species, and to learn about everyday steps we can take to protect at risk plants, fish, and wildlife.
If you can't make it to an event in person, there are fun ways to take part online this year. Listen to some of our Endangered Species Day podcasts, watch live video from the U.S. Botanic Garden Endangered Species Day Festival tomorrow and follow our Species of the Day on Facebook.
You can help spread the word about the importance of saving species by sending a free ecard, tweeting, posting to your Facebook wall or changing your profile picture for the day.
Here's a tweet from US Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) marking his support for Endangered Species Day:
Happy #ESDay! Co-sponsored Senate Endangered Species Day resolution and will keep fighting to protect wildlife and open space.However you celebrate, thank you for being a part of Endangered Species Day 2012!
— Frank R. Lautenberg (@FrankLautenberg) May 18, 2012