Today in Science
Endangered Species Act Passed
On this day, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) provides a program for the conservation of threatened and endangered plants and animals and the habitats in which they are found. The law requires federal agencies to ensure that their actions are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any listed species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of designated critical habitat of such species and prohibits the harming of any animal designated as endangered or threatened.
As of 2017, the Fish and Wildlife Service lists nearly 1,500 endangered or threatened species found in the United States.
Learn more about endangered animals with these Science NetLinks resources:
- Introducing Biodiversity (3-5)
- Pond 1: Pond Life (3-5)
- Burrowing Owls (6-8)
- Endangered Species 1: Why Are Species Endangered? (6-8)
- Endangered Species 2: Working to Save Endangered Species (6-8)
- The Great Monkey Rescue (6-8)
- Passenger Pigeons: Nomads Lost (6-8)
- Yellowstone Wolves (6-8)
- Everglades Pythons (6-12)
- Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations (9-12)