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Endangered Species Day Events for 2018

Endangered species are plants and animals in danger of becoming extinct. Threatened species are plants and animals at risk of becoming endangered.

Endangered Species Day is an annual celebration and opportunity for people to learn about endangered and threatened species and what we can all do to help them. Always held on the third Friday in May, Endangered Species Day is on May 18 this year.

The Endangered Species Act) protects these vulnerable animals. Through conservation and recovery programs, we work to rebuild the populations to healthy levels.

NOAA Fisheries Service’s Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center host several Endangered Species Day events and have many resources you may be interested in. Through our programs, we hope to increase knowledge and understanding of protected marine species/species of concern from Maine to Virginia, as well as the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act.

In the Greater Atlantic Region, threatened and endangered species include whales (North Atlantic right whale, sei whale, sperm, blue, and fin), sea turtles (loggerhead, leatherback, green, hawksbill, and Kemp’s ridley) and fish (Atlantic salmon, Atlantic sturgeon, shortnose sturgeon).

Marine Endangered Species Art Contest Gallery

When: Throughout May, Monday-Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm

Where:  NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA, 01930

Students from all over the country submitted several pieces of artwork that featured endangered or threatened whales, sea turtles, and fish. Students who were awarded the winner and honorable mention categories will be honored at an award ceremony held at the NOAA Fisheries’ Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office. The art will be available for public viewing throughout the month of May.

Endangered Species Day at the Bangor Public Library

When: Saturday, May 5, 10 am - 3 pm

Where: Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St., Bangor, ME 04401

Staff from NOAA Fisheries will provide a variety of family-oriented activities and art projects to highlight the recovery of endangered species in Maine. Children’s activities will include endangered species crafts and Atlantic salmon fish printing. This event is one of many that will be occurring in downtown Bangor as a part of Kid Central Fest 2018. Admission is free and open to the public.

Organizers: NOAA Fisheries and Bangor Public Library

Contacts: Max Tritt, NOAA Fisheries, 207-866-3756, Sarah Bailey, NOAA Fisheries, 207-866-7262; Christine Erickson, Bangor Public Library.

Endangered Species Day at NOAA’s Woods Hole Science Aquarium

When: Saturday, May 19, 12 noon - 2 pm

Where: NOAA’s Woods Hole Science Aquarium, 166 Water St., Woods Hole, MA

NOAA’s Woods Hole Science Aquarium will be offering a special event for the public on Saturday, May 19, in recognition of National Endangered Species Day. The event is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about endangered and protected species and the research being conducted on some of the endangered marine species at the Woods Hole Laboratory, part of NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC).

A variety of displays, exhibits and hands-on activities will be offered from 12 noon to 2 p.m. There will be activities ranging from artifacts (baleen, skulls, teeth, etc.), bioacoustics (listening to whale sounds), a salmon migration game, coloring and more! Staff will be available to discuss the NEFSC’s research programs on marine protected species, and recent and upcoming field programs focused on whales, sea turtles, and salmon.

Endangered Species Day at the Franklin Park Zoo

When: Saturday, May 19, 10 am - 3 pm

Where: Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA

Calling all conservation heroes! Meet your favorite superheroes and learn how you can be a superhero for endangered species!

Tigers, western lowland gorillas and ring-tailed lemurs are just a few of the endangered species you'll see at Franklin Park Zoo who act as ambassadors for their populations around the world. Join us on Endangered Species Day to discover more about these incredible animals and ask questions directly to zookeepers.

Guests will also have the opportunity to meet and take photos with MARVEL’s own Super Heroes, Captain America and Spider-Man. Kids are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes! Captain America and Spider-Man will be available for photos in half-hour increments from 10:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

The Franklin Park Zoo has an engaging day designed for visitors of all ages to learn more about endangered species and ways that they can help protect these animals as well as their habitats. NOAA Fisheries will be bringing life-size inflatable replicas of animals including a leatherback sea turtle and a 10-foot long Atlantic sturgeon! Additionally, there will be engaging activities and games for children to play.

More information.

Endangered Species Day at the Maine Forest and Logging Museum 

When: Saturday, May 26, 10am-1 pm and Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, May 23, 24, 25, 9am-1pm

Where: Maine Forest and Logging Museum, 17 Leonards Mills Rd., Bradley, ME 04411

Staff from NOAA Fisheries will be on the banks of Blackman’s Stream, a recent restoration site where a nature-like fishway was constructed to help pass alewives up stream to access the ponds they breed in. Staff will be on hand to discuss the importance of reconnecting habitat for sea-run fish such as Atlantic salmon and alewives, and will teach the children about the spring run of alewives that are abundant in the stream. Admission is free and open to the public.

Organizers: NOAA Fisheries and the Maine Forest and Logging Museum

Contacts: Sarah Bailey, NOAA Fisheries, 207-866-7262 and Sherry Davis, Maine Forest and Logging Museum)

World Oceans Day at the New England Aquarium 

When: Sunday, June 10, 11 am - 3 pm

Where: New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, MA

Join the Aquarium and other local non-profit and community groups for hands-on activities and programs to celebrate World Oceans Day. The NOAA Fisheries table will have an activity wheel where you can spin and learn more about the effects of trash in our oceans. Also, learn about the prehistoric-looking sturgeon species in the area and how they use their sense of smell to find their way home!

Organizers: New England Aquarium


If you have questions about the events, please contact:

MaineSarah Bailey, 207-866-7262

Massachusetts: Edith Carson-Supino, 978-282-8490