Special Events for Endangered Species Day

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NOAA New England Mid Atlantic

May 9, 2019

 Special Events for Endangered Species Day

Baby sturgeon

Baby Atlantic sturgeon. Credit: University of Georgia

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

Right Whale mom and calf Christin Khan

NOAA's Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center participate in several Endangered Species Day events, listed below.

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.

For more information, please visit our Endangered Species Day website.

Atlantic salmon can leap up to 12 feet as they make their way upstream to their spawning grounds.

International Year of the Salmon

Throughout 2019, NOAA Fisheries will be celebrating the International Year of the Salmon (IYS) with their partners in conservation across the globe. IYS provides a unique opportunity for people across the world to learn more about salmon and the epic journeys these fish take from our fresh water streams out into international oceans. Connecting people and countries across the world, these remarkable fish need your help in promoting healthy oceans and rivers. 

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Sea turtle art submission

Marine Endangered Species Art Contest Gallery

When: May 7-31, 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, Atlantic salmon, and sturgeon. 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.

North Atlantic right whale

Endangered Species Day at NOAA’s Woods Hole Science Aquarium

When: Saturday, May 18, 11 am-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 18, 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.

A variety of displays, exhibits and hands-on activities will be offered from 11 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. 

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Party for the Planet at the Franklin Park Zoo

When: Saturday, May 18, 10 am-4 pm

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

Conservation heroes are invited to meet MARVEL’s Black Panther and Spider-Man, and learn how to be a Super Hero for endangered species during Franklin Park Zoo’s Party for the Planet!

In honor of Endangered Species Day, guests will learn more about the endangered species at the Zoo and beyond. NOAA Fisheries and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be on site educating guests about endangered marine species and how they can take action to protect these incredible animals.

River herring

Endangered Species Day at the Maine Forest and Logging Museum

When: Saturday, May 18, 10 am-1 pm

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.

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World Oceans Day at the New England Aquarium

When: Sunday, June 9, 11 am-3 pm

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

Join the New England Aquarium and NOAA Fisheries as we celebrate World Oceans Day with a fun, family-friendly festival right here on Central Wharf. We’ll have hands-on activities for kids, presentations, and opportunities to learn more about one of the ocean’s most pressing issues: single-use plastic. Most importantly, we will equip our visitors with knowledge, techniques, and a vision of how we can work together to eliminate the single-use plastic problem. Come celebrate the efforts of the Aquarium and other local nonprofit organizations to protect the blue planet and have fun while learning how you can live blue™.

If you have questions about the events, please contact:

Maine: Sarah Bailey (207-866-7262; sarah.bailey@noaa.gov)

Massachusetts: Edith Carson-Supino (978-282-8490; edith.carson-supino@noaa.gov)