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Endangered Species in the Northeast
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Green Turtle

Green Turtle (Photo credit: NOAA)


Atlantic sturgeon

Atlantic sturgeon (Photo credit: University of Maine)



North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale (Photo credit: NOAA)



Breaching humpback whale


Breaching humpback whale (Photo credit: NOAA)


Loggerhead sea turtle

Loggerhead sea turtle (Credit:NOAA)


Leatherback sea turtle

Leatherback sea turtle (Photo credit: Kate Simpson, New England Aquarium)


5 Atlantic sturgeons

Five sturgeon (Photo credit: NOAA)


Endangered Species Day Public Events and Activities



Each year, NOAA Fisheries participates in a variety of events and activities in recognition of Endangered Species Day. In 2011, Endangered Species Day is on May 21. The intent is to raise awareness about what is being done to protect and restore threatened and endangered marine animals. We hope you can join us for some of this year's scheduled events and activities throughout the Northeast Region! ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED.

May 14

Spring Fest: A Celebration of International Migratory Bird Day and Endangered Species Day

Spring Fest is a celebration of Endangered Species Day and International Migratory Bird Day.  Children’s activities will run from 10 am- noon and will include games and crafts that highlight Endangered Species in Maine such as lynx, salmon, sturgeon, sea turtles, whales, and piping plovers.

Where: Fields Pond Nature Center; 216 Fields Pond Road, Holden, ME

When: 7am-1pm; children's Endangered Species Day activities 10am-noon

Activities: Children’s activities will include making Endangered Species masks, playing the Salmon migration game and a Lynx predator/prey game, Fish printing and storytelling.

Check out the full list of events online at or contact Holly Twinning at or Tara Trinko Lake at

Organizers: Maine Audubon, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (Northeast Regional Office/Northeast Science Center), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Maine Ecological Services Office/ Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery), and the University of Maine Fish Club


May 15

New England Aquarium’s Blue Discoveries Family Day: Endangered Species Day

NOAA Fisheries will be joining the New England Aquarium at their Blue Discoveries Family Day focusing on endangered species such as North Atlantic right whales, sea turtles, and Atlantic sturgeon. Blue Discovery Family Days allow participants to learn more about the blue planet through art, science, and storytelling. All activities are included with Aquarium admission, outside activities are free.

Where: New England Aquarium (on plaza, if weather cooperates otherwise in the Aquarium's Harborside Learning Lab)

When: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Activities: Family friendly activities for all ages that portray Right Whale behavior, anatomy, mammal intelligence, sea turtles, protected fish, a life-size Leatherback sea turtle model, whale bones and baleen.

For more information please visit the New England Aquraium website:

Organizers: New England Aquarium and NOAA Fisheries Contacts: Kara Mahoney (NEAq) –; Edith Carson (National Marine Fisheries Service) -


May 17

The Maine Calvineers Tour of Massachusetts

The Calvineers, an inspiring group of middle school students from Adams School in Castine, Maine, work to raise awareness of issues that threaten right whales. The students use the life of Calvin (a female right whale) to tell the story of all endangered North Atlantic right whales. Join us as the students present their work to the North Shore community.

Where:  NOAA Fisheries Service, Northeast Regional Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA

When: 2 pm

Organizers: The Calvineers and NOAA Fisheries Service

Contacts: Allison Rosner (NOAA Fisheries Service) -


May 19

Working Together to Help Conserve and Recover Endangered Species

Please join us for a panel presentation on the importance of collaborative research with the fishing industry to help inform management and recovery of large whales, sea turtles, and sturgeon. The panel will consist of fisheries managers and scientists involved in these cooperative research efforts.

Where: NOAA Fisheries Service, Northeast Regional Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA

When: 7:00 pm

Organizers: NOAA Fisheries Service

Contacts: Olivia Rugo (NOAA Fisheries Service) - Olivia.


May 21

Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center Endangered Species Day

Where: Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center; Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA

When: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Activities: Family friendly activities about whales, sea turtles, and protected fish. Life-sized leatherback sea turtle model; face painting; blubber glove, touch a frozen sturgeon; endangered species activities

Organizers: Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, Whale Center of New England, and NOAA Fisheries Service

Contacts: Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center website:, Mary Kay Taylor,; Whale Center of New England, Dale Brown,; Edith Carson (NOAA Fisheries Service) -

May 25

Efforts to Conserve and Recover Endangered Species in the Northeast Region

NOAA presentation by Office of Law Enforcement and Protected Species Division staff.

Where: Parker River Wildlife Refuge Headquarters and Visitor's Center, Newburyport, MA

When: 6 pm

Activities:  NOAA Fisheries Service will conduct a presentation on efforts to conserve and recover protected species in the Northeast Region. We will also have tables of protected species information and specimens (sturgeon, sea turtle carapace, marine mammal baleen, etc.) and confiscated items, such as products made from endangered species.

 For directions, visit

Organizers:  NOAA Fisheries Service

Contacts:  Sheila Jarnes (NOAA) -


May 27

NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement Visits Seacoast Science Center

NOAA Guest lecture. Open to the public with admission to the park and science center.

Where: Seacoast Science Center; Rye, NH

When: 10 am -3 pm

Activities: In recognition of Endangered Species Day, NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) will present a lecture at the Seacoast Science Center on efforts to conserve and recover species protected under the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. In addition, OLE will host a booth at the Science Center throughout the day for visitors to learn more about protected species and law enforcement. The booth will include confiscated items, such as products made from endangered species.

Please visit the Seacoast Science Center for more information and directions

Organizers: Seacoast Science Center and NOAA

Contacts: Sheila Jarnes (NOAA) -; Chris Shoppmeyer (NOAA) –


May 27

Bradford Elementary School’s Endangered Species Day

NOAA Fisheries Service staff will conduct a variety of activities for Bradford elementary school students and teachers.

Where: Bradford Elementary, Haverill, MA

Activities: Talks and activities related to endangered marine mammals, sea turtles and fish for GK-5; Scavenger hunt

Organizers: Bradford Elementary and NOAA Fisheries Service

Contacts: Caitlin Silva (Bradford Elementary); Edith Carson (NOAA Fisheries Service) -