[audubon-news] Audubon Celebrates 30th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act

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  • Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2003 15:30:36 -0500

Contact: John Bianchi
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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.

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