I wanted to give you a little heads up that this Friday, May 17th, 2013 is the eighth 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 150 events being held from coast to coast in the USA through the end of the month. Every year, thousands of people throughout the country celebrate Endangered Species Day at parks, wildlife refuges, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, libraries, schools and community centers. You can participate in festivals, field trips, park tours, community clean-ups, film showings, classroom presentations, and many other fun and educational activities. Check out this page on the Stop Extinction website to see if there is 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, and especially to educate our children about this.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service website has a Kids’ Corner
The Bright Hub has an endangered species section
Finally, do a search for endangered species and conservation here on Miss Marple’s Musings and you will come up with many books, facts and poems about endangered species.
What to do with your kids on Friday to celebrate.
Step 1: Research
- EndangeredSpecies.com: Spend time learning about endangered animals with your child, then follow one of their great suggested activities.
- World Wildlife Fund: Research specific species and discover how you can help protect them.
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Look locally for endangered species in your own state with this interactive map.
Step 2: Take Action
- Discovere endangered animals native to your own state.
- Create and Endangered Species artwork, drawing a picture of child’s selected animal as well as its primary threat.
- Send your drawings along with letters to local and state representatives.
Step 3: Field Trip!
Is there a zoo, safari park, conservation project you can visit in your area?.
Step 4: Locally grown meal
During your research it will become clear that habitat loss is the leading threat to most endangered species. And habitat is being cleared at a dizzying pace in order to feed the world’s growing population. Buy locally grown and produced food. Buy organic food when available. Eat seasonal products. Eat lower on the food chain (e.g. reduce the consumption of meat and fish) including meat. This will all help the environment and the earth’s species. Plan a meal, or week of meals, with your kids with this in mind. Vegetable lasagne with local, seasonal veggies is one of my favorites!