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Report Looks at ESA’s 40th Anniversary

PHOTO: The bald eagle is listed as one of 10 success stories in a report that looks at the Endangered Species Act as it turns 40 this month. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith
PHOTO: The bald eagle is listed as one of 10 success stories in a report that looks at the Endangered Species Act as it turns 40 this month. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith
December 10, 2013

PHOENIX - This month includes a milestone anniversary for the Endangered Species Act. It was passed by Congress 40 years ago, and a new report from the Endangered Species Coalition marks ten of the Act's biggest success stories.

According to the group's field representative, Derek Goldman, one bird seen in Arizona is on that top ten list: the bald eagle. Goldman admitted that bald eagles now seem common, but that didn't happen by accident.

"The biologists say it takes decades and decades, and what we're seeing is once these species gain protections by the Endangered Species Act and protections of their habitat, we're seeing a lot of the numbers starting to improve."

Since the late 1970s, it's estimated Arizona's bald eagle population has quadrupled.

Goldman said more than 1300 species of plants, animals and fish have been protected by ESA, and only ten have gone extinct.

The report shows that 90 percent of species covered by ESA are recovering at the pace expected in their scientific recovery plans. Goldman explained that the human connection isn't just the joy of seeing a wide array of species in the wild.

"Those habitats are also important to us," he pointed out. "They're sources of clean water, sources of food. So, when we protect endangered species, we're also protecting places that are really important to human survival."

The southern sea otter, humpback whale, El Segundo blue butterfly and green sea turtle also are featured as success stories. Some higher-profile endangered species in Arizona include the California condor, the Mexican spotted owl, the Mount Graham red squirrel and the Mexican gray wolf.

The full report, "Back from the Brink," is at Endangered.org.

Doug Ramsey, Public News Service - AZ