08 January 2013 The Endangered Species Act: Preserving Wildlife, Wonder and Our Natural Heritage for 40 Years Posted by: Jamie Rappaport Clark | 1 comment | Share: Jamie Rappaport Clark, President & CEO When skeptics of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) ask me, as a professional biologist, what “good” is some obscure, endangered mollusk, amphibian or plant, I often think back on the great words of the 19th century poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, who once said, “What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.” Their virtues may not be well known or understood by humans, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t exist and be preserved and protected. While many species still remain a mystery, there are myriad others that are beloved and celebrated. Each winter, people gather in Sauk City, Wisc., during January to see the abundance of bald eagles that gather on the banks of the Mississippi River. The city is just one of hundreds nationwide that host festivals, tours and more to watch expanding populations of our national bird. Off the coast of California, ecotourism guides lead wildlife lovers in search of sea otters at play in the ocean; and in Massachusetts, tourists head off in boats to watch whales migrating through the Atlantic waters. In Tennessee, biologists are working hard to recover freshwater mussels that help filter impurities out of streams and rivers. And scientists are continuously exploring the medicinal value of imperiled amphibians, plants and other species. What do all these creatures have in common? They have all been protected by the Endangered Species Act. Read the rest on The Huffington Post One Response to “The Endangered Species Act: Preserving Wildlife, Wonder and Our Natural Heritage for 40 Years” Charlet Walk July 15th, 2013 Just a note. Hunters are killing grey wolves by the hundreds and they post their kills on the Internet Facebook. They brag and I fight with them that God put them here, we have no right to just dispose of them. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap- Up California wavering on protection for gray wolves under state law; Defenders of Wildlife featured on the HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell show tonight; A close up look at the science: wolf breeding pairs in Idaho; bad bills for Mexican gray wolves in Arizona. The Votes Are In… You voted, and we listened – now the winners of Defenders’ 2014 Photo Contest are here! See if your favorite won, and take a look at some of the amazing runner-ups. We’ve Got to Protect What’s Left of the Sagebrush Sea New research shows that after a fire, the Sagebrush Sea (home to the imperiled greater sage-grouse) could take up to 20 years to fully recover. With other factors already threatening so much of this habitat, what does that mean for the species that call it home?