Endangered Species Day


Today is International Endangered Species Day.

"Biologists estimate that since the Pilgrims landed in 1620, more than 500 species, subspecies, and varieties of plants and animals have gone extinct."

Now we have the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to help protect our threatened and endangered flora and fauna.

Want to know more about how can you play your own pivotal role?

-Reducing use of pesticides and herbicides

These toxins will eventually get into neighboring water bodies and have deteriorating impacts on aquatic and marine species as well as those species that rely on aquatic and marine ecosystems

-Try getting out and volunteering at your local wildlife refuge or nature center

-Reducing your water use

-Not planting invasive species

Invasive species often take over vulnerable ecosystems in which endangered and threatened species live

-Slow down driving (boats and cars)

Many animals such as the Florida panther, turtles, and manatees often are victims

We currently live in Oktibbeha County, MS, home to the threatened Northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis), the threatned Price’s potato bean (Apios priceana), and the endangered Red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis). Mississippi is home to 42 animals and 4 plants that are either threatened or endangered.

Learn about threatened and endangered species where you live here.

Remember-you can make an impact just by educating yourself and making small changes in your everyday life. Thanks for reading :)

#conservantion #community #volunteering #endangeredspecies #endangeredspeciesday #preservation

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