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ESA Day 2014

Honorable Mention: Art Contest Grade 3-5 Category. Sophia C. Grade 4

Honorable Mention: Art Contest Grade 6-8 Category. Ben E. Grade 6

Winner: Art Contest Grade 3-5 Category. Juliana S.

Winner: Art Contest Grade K-2. Carter L. Grade 2

What has outlived the dinosaurs, but today faces extinction?  If you answered “sea turtle,” you’re correct.  Of the five species that inhabit the waters of the North Atlantic, all are listed as either Threatened or Endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.  Endangered species are plants and animals that are threatened with the risk of extinction.

Sea turtles aren’t the only marine life that is in jeopardy -- many species of whales, dolphins, and fish like remarkable and prehistoric looking Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon are at risk. 

Each year on the third Friday in May we take a moment here in the United States to remember the plight of these animals on a special day known as “Endangered Species Day.”  This year, that’s May 16.

NOAA Fisheries staff are participating in several ESA-related events:

Thursday, May 15

Join us for a Tweet Chat @NOAAFisheries to see what you know about sturgeon.  Ask a NOAA Scientist questions about sturgeon on Twitter using tag #ESDaychat and NOAA Fisheries biologist Jason Kahn will answer. The tweet chat is scheduled from 2-3pm EST.

Saturday, May 17:

During two separate events, staff will share what we know about endangered and threatened marine species found in the greater Atlantic region, which extends from Maine to North Carolina.  We will also talk about the challenges these species face, what members of the public can do to help protect them and what resources are available for teachers and others who want to assist in this education effort. 

•         Safe Boating Day, at Harbor Loop, in Gloucester, MA from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm; and

•         Endangered Species Day at the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, MA from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Thursday, May 22

The highlight of this year’s activities is the annual Marine Endangered Species Art Contest Award Ceremony. This ceremony will be held at 4:00 pm at the NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office in Gloucester, MA.

Students, of various ages, across Cape Ann, submitted artwork featuring endangered or threatened whales, sea turtles, and fish to NOAA Fisheries. During the celebratory ceremony, we’ll be  recognizing students selected in the “winner” and “honorable mention” categories. Following the award ceremony, guests will be able to visit our exhibit hall, where some of the submitted entries will be on display, along with other materials about endangered and threatened marine species.

The art will be available for public viewing throughout the month of May. For more information on various activities and events check out our Endangered Species Day webpage. You'll also be able to download and print a 2014-2015 calendar featuring the winning artwork.