Endangered Species Day Today!

Hi everyone, I wanted to let you know that today the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous vote the Senate Resolution (pasted below), as National Endangered Species Day.  We worked with Senator Feinstein’s office to get this done, and they carried the ball with the Senate.

So, please consider letting your members know that Friday is ES Day, and the Senate has designated it a national day of awareness for endangered species.  Thanks for all you efforts on behalf of all our California species and habitats!!  You’re the best!  
Dr. C. Mark Rockwell, D.C.
Calif. State Coordinator
Endangered Species Coalition
19737 Wildwood West Dr.
Penn Valley, Ca. 95946
mrockwell@stopextinction.org
530 432-0100 (business)
530 432-9198 (home)

The Endangered Species Coalition is a national network of hundreds of conservation, scientific, education, religious, sporting, outdoor recreation, humane, business and community groups. Through public education, scientific information and citizen participation, we work to protect our nation’s wildlife and wild places.

Sign our petition to President Obama to save endangered species at:
http://www.change.org/esc/actions/view/petition_to_president_obama_to_save_endangered_species 

Designating May 15, 2009, as `Endangered Species Day’. (Introduced in Senate)
SRES 121 IS

111th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. RES. 121
Designating May 15, 2009, as `Endangered Species Day’.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 30, 2009
Mrs. FEINSTEIN (for herself, Ms. COLLINS, Mr. AKAKA, Mrs. BOXER, Mr. BROWN, Ms. CANTWELL, Mr. FEINGOLD, Mr. KERRY, Mr. LEVIN, Mr. SANDERS, and Mr. WHITEHOUSE) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary 


RESOLUTION
Designating May 15, 2009, as `Endangered Species Day’. 
Whereas, in the United States and around the world, more than 1,000 species are officially designated as at risk of extinction and thousands more also face a heightened risk of extinction; 
Whereas the actual and potential benefits that may be derived from many species have not yet been fully discovered and would be permanently lost if not for conservation efforts; 
Whereas recovery efforts for species such as the whooping crane, Kirtland’s warbler, the peregrine falcon, the gray wolf, the gray whale, the grizzly bear, and others have resulted in great improvements in the viability of such species; 
Whereas saving a species requires a combination of sound research, careful coordination, and intensive management of conservation efforts, along with increased public awareness and education; 
Whereas 2/3 of endangered or threatened species reside on private lands; 
Whereas voluntary cooperative conservation programs have proven to be critical to habitat restoration and species recovery; and 
Whereas education and increasing public awareness are the first steps in effectively informing the public about endangered species and species restoration efforts: Now, therefore, be it 
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        (A) threats to endangered species around the world; and
        (B) efforts to restore endangered species, including the essential role of private landowners and private stewardship in the protection and recovery of species;
        (A) to become educated about, and aware of, threats to species, success stories in species recovery, and opportunities to promote species conservation worldwide; and
        (B) to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
    • (1) designates May 15, 2009, as `Endangered Species Day';
      (2) encourages schools to spend at least 30 minutes on Endangered Species Day teaching and informing students about–
      (3) encourages organizations, businesses, private landowners, and agencies with a shared interest in conserving endangered species to collaborate in developing educational information for use in schools; and
      (4) encourages the people of the United States–

  • Resolved, That the Senate–


Co-sponsors
Sen Feinstein, Dianne [CA]
Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI] – 
Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] – 
Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] – 
Sen Cantwell, Maria [WA] – 
Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] –
Sen Feingold, Russell D. [WI] – 
Sen Kerry, John F. [MA] – 
Sen Levin, Carl [MI] – 
Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] – 
Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] – 
Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] – 

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