This Friday is Endangered Species Day, do you have any on your campus?
On Friday, May 18, 2012 join National Wildlife Federation in recognizing Endangered Species Day, a day to learn about the imperiled birds, fish and plants in your area and also share the importance of wildlife conservation with friends and family.
College and universities across the country have committed, and are taking action, to protect wildlife and habitat through conservation easements, habitat restorations including tree plantings and stream clean-ups, native gardens, curriculum, research and more. University of Central Florida in Orlando has the Gopher Tortoise calling its campus home; in Florida the gopher tortoise in on the endangered species list and categorized as threatened. Oregon State University offers a course, Endangered Species, Society and Sustainability; the course provides a background on endangered species biology, and the social and economic implications of the legislation enacted to conserve endangered species, i.e., the Endangered Species Act and, CITES Treaty (Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).
Coastal Carolina University’s (South Carolina) Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine & Wetland Studies educates on the threats to sea turtles including two endangered turtles, the Kemp’s Ridley and Leatherback, and two threatened, Green and Loggerhead sea turtles.
Check out NWF’s Endangered Species Day webpage to see how you can recognize this very important day!
Learn more about colleges and universities protecting wildlife and habitat on their campuses through NWF Campus Ecology’s campus sustainability case study database (search Habitat).