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The Endangered Species Act Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

By January 29, 2013

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The Endangered Species Act will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be celebrating with a year-long commemoration. The Act has been successful in preventing the extinction of many species, conserving endangered habitats, as well as stabilizing species at risk.

According to the USFS, the bald eagle, brown pelican, Lake Erie watersnake, American alligator and Maguire daisy are all species that were on the brink of extinction, but have successfully rebounded. The wood stork, Kirtland's warbler, Okaloosa darter, black-footed ferret and Louisiana black bear are also listed species that are showing significant progress towards recovery.

To commemorate and honor the Act, the USFS launched a website spotlighting the history and efforts to protect America's threatened and endangered species. Leading up to the 40th anniversary on December 28, 2013, the USFS will highlight stories of conservation success in every state across the country, provide information on the milestones of this historical law, share images and videos and provide opportunities for families to participate in free, educational activities together.

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