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Celebrate Endangered Species Day May 20, 2016

Endangered Species Day is an annual celebration and opportunity to build awareness of the species in our region that are either listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Through various programs and activities throughout our region, we aim to increase knowledge and understanding of protected marine species and species of concern from Maine to Virginia.

Marine Endangered Species Art Contest Gallery

When: Throughout May (starting May 9), Monday-Friday, 8am - 4:30pm
Where: NOAA Fisheries GARFO, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA,01930

Students from all over the Cape Ann region and beyond 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 (GARFO). The art will be available for public viewing throughout the month of May.

Endangered Species Day at NOAA’s Woods Hole Science Aquarium

When: Saturday, May 21, 12noon - 2pm
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 21, 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 12noon to 2pm after the seal feeding at 11am. Weather permitting, a life-size inflatable humpback whale named “Salt” will be on display outside the Aquarium. Salt is named after a real whale first sighted in the 1970s in local waters and still seen today; the inflatable whale enables visitors to step inside and see the animal from a different point of view. Meet some of the scientists conducting research on sea turtles, North Atlantic right whales and other whale species in nearby waters and offshore. Atlantic salmon in the Northeast U.S, a NOAA Fisheries Species in the Spotlight, are on display in one of the Aquarium’s tanks and are being studied by local scientists. 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 21, 10am - 3pm
Where: Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA

The Franklin Park Zoo partners with NOAA Fisheries to present 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, a north Atlantic right whale calf, and a 10-foot long Atlantic sturgeon! Additionally, there will be engaging activities and games for children to play. More information

World Oceans Day at the New England Aquarium

When: Sunday, June 5, 11am - 3pm
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 booth will have an Atlantic salmon fish print activity, where children can come learn about the anatomy of a fish along with the fascinating life cycle of the Atlantic salmon. In our smelling activity, kids will also learn how Atlantic salmon and sturgeon spend their lives in the Atlantic ocean and then migrate to the rivers they were born in by using their sense of smell. More information.

More information on Endangered Species Day.