Keeping common species common- preventing wildlife from becoming endangered


What do California’s Western Burrowing Owl, Montana’s Trumpeter Swan, and Florida’s River Otter have in common?   They’re all being conserved thanks to the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program! 

Burrowing owls, photo- Rob Palmer

It may be Endangered Species Day- a day to celebrate the successes of the Endangered Species Act- however it’s important to remember that the Endangered Species Act is just one of many conservation programs working to preserve our wildlife heritage.  The Endangered Species Act protects some of our rarest wildlife facing the greatest risk of extinction, however it depends upon other conservation programs that keep wildlife from getting to this dangerous point.

In every state across the nation, the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program works to “keep common species common” or prevent species from becoming endangered or threatened.   States use grants to conserve wildlife populations that are starting to decline and restore or expand key wildlife habitat.  However, that’s not all- when states need extra help conserving endangered species, the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program is there.  Grants are helping the humpback whale and successfully helped the bald eagle along its road to recovery.

The Endangered Species Act and the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program work together to keep our wildlife from becoming extinct.  However, it’s hard for these programs to be successful if they don’t receive sufficient funding. 

>>TAKE ACTION: Help Wildlife this Endangered Species Day!! 

Tell Congress to provide robust funding for endangered species and the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program.