May 3rd Friday - Endangered Species Day
Today America will celebrate endangered species success stories, including the American bald eagle, peregrine falcon, gray wolf, grizzly bear, humpback whale and many others. This day demonstrates America's commitment to protecting and recovering our nation's endangered species. Events are held across the country to highlight endangered species stories.
Endangered Species Day will raise awareness about the threats to endangered species – including global warming - and the success stories in species recovery. It will provide an opportunity for schools, libraries, museums, zoos, botanical gardens, agencies, businesses, community organizations and conservation organizations to educate the public about the importance of protecting endangered species. It is also an opportunity to highlight the everyday actions that individuals and groups can take to help protect our nation's wildlife, fish and plants.
With more than 1,800 species now listed as threatened and endangered, and thousands more threatened with extinction unless they receive Endangered Species Act protections, all public education efforts are extremely valuable. Help celebrate Endangered Species Day by learning about endangered species in your area, providing habitat for wildlife in your backyard, visiting your local zoo, aquarium or endangered species habitat.
Visit the Endangered Species Coalition website for more information on this day and events in your area.
May 3rd week - National Dog Bite Prevention Week
Man and woman's best friend bites more than 4.7 million people a year. Key experts believe that public education can help prevent these bites.
The full third week of May is National Dog Bite Prevention Week and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the United States Postal Service, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are each working to educate Americans about dog bite prevention.
Visit The Humane Society of the United States for more information on how to stay dog bite free.
May 2nd Sunday - National Veal Ban Action Day
National Veal Ban Action Day was created to to help hundreds of activists throughout the United States and Canada call attention to the plight of the veal calf.