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The Endangered Species Act Turns 50!

(by Carol Foss)

December 27, 2023 will mark the 50th anniversary of the day the Endangered Species Act of 1973 became effective. This landmark legislation provides for listing native species as threatened or endangered, designating critical habitat, and developing and implementing recovery plans for listed species, among other measures.

In recognition of this anniversary, over the next nine months we will be publishing a series of articles that highlight many of the New Hampshire species that have been protected under this Act and the contributions of NH Audubon staff and volunteers to recovery efforts. As you await next month’s feature, see if you can name the federally listed wildlife that occur in New Hampshire without looking them up on the internet!

Photo: One of our more visible (at least these days) beneficiaries of the Endangered Species Act.