Contact: John Bianchi jbianchi@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:jbianchi@xxxxxxxxxxx> 212/979-3026 NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY CALLS FOR CONTINUED STRONG SUPPORT OF THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT AT CELEBRATION OF LAW'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY Washington, DC, Tuesday, December 9 - National Audubon Society today joined Congressman John D. Dingell, Animal Planet star Jeff Corwin, and leaders of other national environmental groups to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. Signed into law on December 28, 1973 by President Richard Nixon, the Endangered Species Act has served as a model throughout the world for the protection of birds, wildlife, and their habitat. America's native birdlife, from the California Condor to the Bald Eagle, have received invaluable conservation benefits through enforcement of the Endangered Species Act. "Without the Endangered Species Act, the majestic Bald Eagle and California Condor may have been wiped out, forever gone from America's skies," said Audubon Chief Operating Officer Bob Perciasepe. "The Endangered Species Act came too late for the Dusky Seaside Sparrow. A native of saltmarshes near Cape Canaveral, Florida, this sparrow was wiped out of its native habitat by development pressures in the 1960s. The last of its kind died in captivity in 1987." "To conserve America's great natural heritage, we need a strong Endangered Species Act. The American people support protection of our country's native birds and wildlife through strong enforcement of the Endangered Species Act," he concluded. The event was highlighted by 5th grade students from Hyde Elementary who sang "America the Beautiful" as Challenger, a trained American Bald Eagle, soared above. The legislators who were present signed a pledge to uphold the Endangered Species Act so it can continue to protect the animals and plants that are threatened with extinction and loss of habitat. # # # You are subscribed to Audubon-News. To unsubscribe, send email to audubon-news-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, http://www.freelists.org/list/audubon-news.