Endangered Species Act

Eagle in flight

Endangered Species Day is May 18


From fields trips to special events, there are a thousand ways to celebrate Endangered Species Day, May 18. Audubon chapters and other groups across the country are marking this special day and educating their communities on the importance of protecting our most vulnerable plants and animals.

You can get involved and see what events are taking place in your neighborhood. You'll also find lots of tools and resources to make your next outing a great way to highlight endangered species.

An Essential Safety Net

The strongest federal safeguard against the extinction of bird species in the United States is the Endangered Species Act. Enacted in 1973, the ESA has helped save some of America's most critically imperiled birds and wildlife, including species like the Bald Eagle, the Peregrine Falcon, the Gray Wolf, the Grizzly Bear, and the Whooping Crane.

Despite its success, Congress in recent years seriously considered proposals that would gut the fundamental protections this bedrock environmental law provides to America's most endangered animals and plants.

Audubon's Public Policy Office is working aggressively to educate key members of Congress, mobilize activists, and dispel Endangered Species Act myths in order to help lay the groundwork to strengthen this Act and ensure the survival  of America's most vulnerable birds and wildlife.