Celebrate Endangered Species Day by Taking Action

Happy Endangered Species Day from your friends at Maine Audubon!

Today is an opportunity to learn about the importance of endangered species and actions you can take to help protect them.

In Maine, endangered and threatened species like the Canada Lynx, Atlantic Salmon, and New England Cottontail need your help more than ever.

Right now there are numerous proposals before Congress that would weaken or undermine the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The ESA is one of our nation’s most successful environmental laws. A report released in 2016 by the American Bird Conservancy found that populations of 78 percent of U.S. mainland birds once listed as threatened or endangered under the ESA are now stable, increasing, or have recovered enough to be delisted. The Piping Plover, which makes its home on Maine beaches, is one species now rebounding under ESA protections.

Will you sign our letter asking Maine’s Congressional delegation to protect and defend the ESA?

As wildlife populations face increasing threats from habitat loss, invasive species, pesticides, and climate change, the need for the ESA remains as important as ever. Please add your name in defense of this critical law, and in celebration of wildlife, today.

To the Maine Congressional Delegation,

We, the undersigned birders and supporters of Maine wildlife, urge you to protect the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and to oppose the numerous threats in Congress that would weaken or undermine the ESA’s effectiveness.

The Endangered Species Act is one of our nation’s most successful environmental laws, and provides an essential safety net for imperiled species. A report released in 2016 by the American Bird Conservancy found that populations of 78 percent of U.S. mainland birds once listed as threatened or endangered under the ESA are now stable, increasing, or have recovered enough to be delisted. The Piping Plover is a bird that needs sandy beaches to raise its young, but development and heavy human use can put these birds at risk. Thanks to the ESA, beach managers and biologists are successfully working together to make sure people and plovers can share Maine’s beaches.

As bird populations face increasing threats from habitat loss, invasive species, pesticides, and climate change, the need for the Endangered Species Act remains as strong as ever. These species are part of our natural heritage, and we owe it to future generations to protect them. We are counting on you to keep federal protections like the Endangered Species Act intact as a critical lifeline to save America’s birds from extinction.
Please protect and defend the Endangered Species Act, our nation’s most effective and important law for species conservation.

Thank you for your consideration.

Please add your name and information below. Maine Audubon will hand-deliver this letter with all signatories to Maine’s Congressional representatives.