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NOAA Fisheries Service

Endangered Species Day - May 20, 2011

May 20, 2011

On May 20, 2011, NOAA celebrates "Endangered Species Day." Held the 3rd Friday in May every year, Endangered Species Day recognizes and encourages national conservation efforts to save our endangered species and their habitats.

Endangered Species Day is a call to everyone with a shared interest in conserving endangered species to collaborate and promote awareness.

Species Stories

*Coho Salmon on the Central California Coast

*Hawaiian Monk Seal

*Rockfish in the Puget Sound in Washington

*Steelhead in Southern California

How Do I...?

*Find Events in My Area

*Help Protect Endangered Species in 10 Easy Steps This link is an external site.

*Learn About Protected Species in My State

*Learn about Endangered Sea Turtles and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

*Read More About the Endangered Species Act

*Read the Senate Resolution Designating "Endangered Species Day"

*Test My Knowledge of Endangered Species

Nearly 40 Years Ago...

"Nothing is more priceless and more worthy of preservation than the rich array of animal life with which our country has been blessed."
-President Nixon, upon signing the Endangered Species Act, December 28, 1973

Want to Know More?

More information about protected marine species is available on our website.

Sea Turtles Underwater
Credit: NOAA's Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

Hawaiian monk seal underwater - video screenshot
Video: Hawaiian Monk Seal Seen at 1,781 feet underwater
Credit: NOAA Ocean Explorer

Race to Save the White Abalone video
Video: Race to Save the White Abalone
Credit: NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Phoenix the North Atlantic Right Whale at the surface
Video: Phoenix (left), a critically-endangered North Atlantic Right Whale
Credit: NOAA

humpback whale migration game: alaska to hawaii
Interactive Game: 3,000 Mile Humpback Whale Migration from Alaska to Hawaii
Credit: NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries

Elkhorn Coral
Photo: Elkhorn Coral
(Acropora palmata)
Credit: NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Coho Salmon
Photo: Gulf Sturgeon
(Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi)
Credit: U.S. Geological Survey