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 Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in How Should We Honor Earth Day? America has many worldwide firsts in conservation: we were the first nation to establish a national park, the first to create a national wildlife refuge, the first to approve a law protecting endangered species and the first to create a national day dedicated to conservation, Earth Day. But today, we are experiencing another period of crisis in America’s commitment to conservation. When did conservation become a polarizing political issue, when it has been, for the past century, a defining characteristic of American values and the American spirit? Ecological Insults and Injuries Revealed Four Years after Deepwater Horizon Four years after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, we’re beginning to see the full scope of how this ecological disaster is impacting our wildlife on land, air and sea. 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.