Students' Art: Celebrating 40th Anniversary of Endangered Species Act
Grade 9-12: Julia Paccone, grade 11, Manchester Essex High School, "Help Free Species from the Net of Extinction."
Grade K-2: Vanessa Gregory, grade 2, Essex Elementary School, "The Sperm Whale."
Every year, we celebrate Endangered Species Day on the third Friday in May. This year that’s May 17, and we have even more to celebrate. The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) is 40 years old. The ESA was signed into law on December 28, 1973, and provides for the conservation of species that are endangered or threatened throughout all or a significant portion of their range, and the conservation of the ecosystems on which they depend. Here is a look at some of the species we are working to protect in the U.S. and those that are specific to the Northeast Region.
Grade 3-5: Kincaid DeBell, grade 4, Glen Urquhart School, "Humpback Whale."
Grade 6-8: Hannah Cheshire, grade 8, Manchester Essex Middle School, "Save Our Marine Life!"
And, Here's a Sneak Peak at Winners of this Year’s School Art Contest
Cape Ann area students have already joined us in celebrating the ESA 40th Anniversary by participating in our annual art contest. We received over 280 entries from seven schools in the area! Due to the overwhelming response, we are unable to display every submission in our limited lobby space. However, many entries are on display throughout the month.
This year’s entries were beyond our expectations, and so it was very challenging to judge. Students did an amazing job portraying regional marine endangered species. Some students even submitted endangered land animals this year.
A 2014 calendar featuring the winning and honorable mention entries has been posted on our “Public Events” page.
For a chance to see the students' artwork in person, please join us on Thursday, May 16th, 4:00 pm at the NOAA Fisheries Northeast Regional Office (NERO) Hearing Rooms. We will be recognizing all the students for their wonderful work. This event is free and open to the public. You are also welcome to visit our offices during normal business hours from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm M-F.
Two other upcoming ESA Day related events include: NOAA Fisheries participation at the US Coast GuardSafe Boating Day at the Gloucester Coast Guard Station on Saturday, May 18th from 9:00 am-1:30 pm and at the New England Aquarium’s World Oceans Day celebration in Boston, Massachusetts on Sunday, June 9th from 11:00 am-4:00 pm. At both events, you can see Rocky(the inflatable right whale calf), sea turtle shells, and frozen sturgeon that you can touch! For information on these and other NOAA Fisheries related activities, which are free and open to the public, be sure to check out our Public Events calendar. For more information on all NOAA Fisheries related work in the Northeast, please visit our website.
Things You Can Do to Protect Threatened and Endangered Species
- You can help keep the ocean, and the home of many endangered species, clean and healthy by disposing of trash properly and recycling;
- Don’t release balloons into the environment; they can end up in the ocean where some marine creatures can mistake them for food;
- If you are out in the ocean in a boat and spot protected species like sea turtles, whales, and sturgeons, ask the boat driver to slow down to avoid hitting them and keep a safe distance;
- To make sure there is enough water for animal habitats, save water by turning the water faucet off when you brush your teeth and taking shorter showers; and
- Share this information with family, friends, and neighbors.