Endangered Species Day in DCFor Release: May 12, 2014
Endangered Species Day is Friday, May 16, 2014. To celebrate, the Environmental Protection Agency will participate in the Endangered Species Day Event at the U.S. Botanic Garden for the fifth consecutive year. From 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, everyone is invited to participate in tours of the USBG’s endangered and native plants and visit exhibits hosted by federal agencies and conservation organizations to learn about endangered plants and animals and what can be done to protect them. This event is hosted by the USBG, the Endangered Species Coalition and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the EPA protects endangered and threatened plants and animals (listed species) and the habitats upon which they depend. The ESA requires federal agencies to ensure that any action it authorizes, funds, or carries out, does not "adversely impact" any listed species, or "destroy or adversely modify" any critical habitat for that species. EPA's Endangered Species Protection Program helps promote the recovery of listed species. The program is designed to determine whether pesticide use in a certain geographic area may affect any listed species. If limitations on pesticide use are necessary to protect listed species in that area, the information is conveyed to users through online Endangered Species Protection Bulletins.