RALEIGH, N.C. (May 16, 2013) — Bald eagles, peregrine falcon sand red-cockaded woodpeckers in North Carolina share common recovery stories: their populations, at one time severely depleted, have recovered significantly,thanks in part to the protection they have enjoyed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
To raise awareness about the threats other endangered species face, as well as the many success stories in species recovery, May 17 has been designated Endangered Species Day. Started by the U.S. Senate in 2008, Endangered Species Day highlights the importance of protecting wildlife and fish, celebrates endangered species success stories and provides information on what people can do to help protect endangered species.
In North Carolina,more than 220 terrestrial and aquatic species are either federally or state-listed as endangered, threatened or of special concern. The Northern saw-whet owl, bog turtle, shortnose sturgeon, northern flying squirrel,Carol