December 28 is the anniversary of the Endangered Species Act being signed by President Nixon in 1973. That’s right, it’s the 40th anniversary of this legislation.
Visit Endangered Species web pages for information and activities in honor of this anniversary, including history, an interactive map to learn about endangered species in each of the 50 states, and coloring pages. Click “Species” on the blue navigation bar to see lists of endangered species (U.S. or foreign), or make other choices, such as to learn about recovery plans.
Andersen Library also has resources for learning more. Search HALCat to find books such as A new environmental ethics: The next millennium for life on earth (3rd-floor Main Collection, GE42 .R65 2012), Congressional committee hearings and other government documents such as The Endangered Species Act: Reviewing the nexus of science and policy (2nd-floor Federal Documents, Y 4.SCI 2:112-44, or online), and videos such as The state of the planet’s wildlife (2nd-floor Browsing Academic DVDs, GE140 .J68 v.9). Search article databases for articles including “Size, Biology, and Culture: Persistence as an Indicator of Significant Portions of Range under the Endangered Species Act” (Ecology Law Quarterly, 2010, vol.37:no.2, pp.525-560) and “A Fish Tale: A Small Fish, the ESA, and Our Shared Future” (Environmental Law, 2010, vol.40:no.2, pp.339-362). Wisconsin’s first list of endangered and threatened species followed enactment of state legislation in 1972, and the current list is available online from the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources.
If you’d like assistance with finding additional materials, please ask a librarian.
Andersen Library is a federal and Wisconsin depository library with federal and state government documents on a variety of current and relevant issues available to you in various formats (print, DVD/CD-ROM, online). Check out your government at Andersen Library!