Discover How Endangered Species Day is Saving Bees, Polar Bears, and the Planet


Endangered Species Day, observed annually on the third Friday of May, serves as a vital call to action for the protection of our planet's most vulnerable wildlife. This year, the day falls on May 17, 2024, marking a special occasion for individuals, communities, and organizations worldwide to unite in the fight against the extinction crisis. Originally established to raise awareness and drive conservation efforts for endangered and threatened species, the day has grown to encompass a broader ecological agenda, including the protection of habitats and the promotion of biodiversity.


The importance of Endangered Species Day cannot be overstated. It is not just an opportunity to educate the public about the threats various species face but also a chance to celebrate the progress made towards their recovery. By focusing on the critical roles these species play in their ecosystems, the day highlights how their potential loss would disrupt ecological balances, leading to severe consequences for all life forms, including humans.


Moreover, the momentum generated by Endangered Species Day has given rise to other specific wildlife days, such as World Bee Day on May 20 and World Turtle Day on May 23, each dedicated to spotlighting particular species that are in peril. These observances are crucial as they hone in on specific challenges faced by different groups of animals, broadening the scope of conservation efforts and mobilizing resources to address unique threats.


Endangered Species Day acts as a beacon, reminding us of our shared responsibility to safeguard our planet's biodiversity. It's a day for action—whether through participating in local conservation projects, educating others about environmental stewardship, or supporting policies that protect our natural world. As we approach Endangered Species Day 2024, let us reaffirm our commitment to not just observing this day, but actively contributing to a legacy of conservation that ensures the survival and thriving of endangered species for generations to come.

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The Environmental Movement is Born

Infographic explaining what the Endangered Species Act Is With Statisitics

In 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was enacted in the United States. This landmark law was a watershed moment in conservation history, providing comprehensive protection for species at risk of extinction and their habitats. The ESA empowered federal agencies to identify and list endangered and threatened species, implement recovery plans, and designate critical habitat areas for their preservation.


The significance of the Endangered Species Act cannot be overstated. It represents a commitment to safeguarding biodiversity and preserving the delicate balance of ecosystems for future generations. By protecting keystone species and their habitats, the ESA helps maintain the integrity of entire ecosystems, ensuring their resilience in the face of environmental challenges.


The ESA's impact extends far beyond the borders of the United States. Its influence has inspired similar legislation and conservation efforts around the world, underscoring its role as a global model for species protection. As we celebrate Endangered Species Day in 2024, we honor the legacy of the Endangered Species Act and reaffirm our dedication to preserving Earth's biodiversity.


Why Is Endangered Species Day On May 17th?

National Endangered Species Day with silhouettes of various endangered animals

Despite the enactment of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1973, it took over three decades for Endangered Species Day to be established by the U.S. Congress in 2006 thanks to David Robinson and the Endangered Species Coalition. This delay reflects the gradual recognition of the importance of raising awareness about endangered species and the need for dedicated conservation efforts.

May 17th was chosen as the date for Endangered Species Day to coincide with the peak of spring, a time of renewal and growth in the natural world. It serves as a poignant reminder of the interconnectedness of all living beings and the importance of preserving biodiversity for future generations.


Endangered Species Day Goes Global


What began as a national observance in the United States quickly gained traction on the international stage. Today, Endangered Species Day is celebrated in over 190 countries, underscoring its status as a global movement for conservation. From the polar bear in the Arctic to the orangutan in the rainforests of Borneo, Endangered Species Day shines a spotlight on imperiled species across the globe.


The Impact of Endangered Species Day


Endangered Species Day has had a profound impact on conservation efforts worldwide. It serves as a platform for raising awareness about the plight of endangered species and the importance of protecting their habitats. Through educational programs, community events, and advocacy campaigns, Endangered Species Day empowers individuals and organizations to take meaningful action to safeguard biodiversity.


World Bee Day and World Turtles Day: Celebrating Biodiversity


As we commemorate Endangered Species Day on May 17th, it's essential to recognize and celebrate the critical roles played by other vital species in our ecosystems. Two such species are bees and turtles, which are honored on World Bee Day on May 20th and World Turtles Day on May 23rd, respectively.


World Bee Day: May 20th

A Bee with text World Bee Day May 20

World Bee Day serves as a poignant reminder of the invaluable contributions made by bees to our ecosystems and agricultural systems. Bees are among the most effective pollinators, playing a crucial role in the reproduction of flowering plants, including many food crops. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), approximately 75% of the world's leading food crops depend on pollinators, with bees being the most important.


However, bees face numerous threats, including habitat loss, pesticide use, climate change, and diseases. The loss of bee populations could have catastrophic consequences for global food security and ecosystem stability. Therefore, World Bee Day serves as an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of protecting bee populations and promoting pollinator-friendly practices.


World Turtle Day: May 23rd

Sea turtle swimming underwater with text of World Sea Turtle Day and the World Wildlife Foundation Logo

World Turtle Day celebrates the diverse and ancient lineage of turtles, which have inhabited Earth for over 200 million years. Turtles play vital roles in ecosystems as herbivores, carnivores, and scavengers, helping maintain ecological balance and nutrient cycling. Additionally, turtles are often considered indicator species, reflecting the health of their habitats.


Despite their resilience, turtles face numerous threats, including habitat destruction, pollution, poaching, and climate change. Many turtle species are listed as endangered or critically endangered, highlighting the urgent need for conservation efforts to protect these ancient creatures.


By commemorating World Bee Day and World Turtle Day, we not only honor the importance of these species but also raise awareness about the threats they face and the need for conservation action. Through habitat restoration, pollution mitigation, and public education, we can work together to ensure a future where bees, turtles, and other species thrive alongside us, contributing to healthy and resilient ecosystems for generations to come.


Why Endangered Species Day Matters Now More Than Ever in 2024

Earth cut in half with a city and animals living togther on the top half

As we approach Endangered Species Day 2024, the urgency of conservation action has never been clearer. The latest data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) indicates that more than 44,000 species are currently facing the threat of extinction. From the destruction of coral reefs to the depletion of global fish stocks, the challenges confronting biodiversity are immense and multifaceted.


But why do endangered species matter? What role do they play in our ecosystems, and what happens if they go extinct? Let's delve into the answers to these questions:

If endangered species were to go extinct, the consequences would be dire:



20 Ways to Celebrate Endangered Species Day 2024 & Preserve Biodiversity

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Endangered Species Day is not just a day for reflection; it's a call to action. Here are 20 ways you can celebrate Endangered Species Day and make a difference for wildlife and the planet:

  1. Plant native wildflowers to provide essential habitat for bees and other pollinators.
  2. Participate in a local beach cleanup to protect marine turtles and other coastal wildlife.
  3. Support organic and pesticide-free farming practices to protect bees from harmful chemicals.
  4. Volunteer with a local conservation organization to monitor turtle nesting sites and protect hatchlings.
  5. Advocate for stronger regulations to protect endangered species and their habitats.
  6. Reduce your carbon footprint by walking, biking, or using public transportation.
  7. Support wildlife-friendly businesses that prioritize sustainability and conservation.
  8. Learn about endangered species in your area and share their stories with others.
  9. Create a backyard habitat with native plants, bird feeders, and water sources for wildlife.
  10. Educate yourself about the illegal wildlife trade and avoid purchasing products made from endangered species.
  11. Donate to organizations working to protect endangered species and their habitats.
  12. Reduce plastic waste by using reusable bags, bottles, and containers.
  13. Support sustainable seafood practices by choosing seafood that is sustainably harvested.
  14. Advocate for the protection of endangered species in your community by writing letters to elected officials.
  15. Participate in citizen science projects to collect data on endangered species populations.
  16. Support efforts to conserve critical habitat areas, such as national parks and wildlife refuges.
  17. Get involved in community gardening projects to provide food and habitat for pollinators.
  18. Educate others about the importance of biodiversity and the threats facing endangered species.
  19. Support efforts to ban harmful pesticides and chemicals that threaten wildlife and ecosystems.
  20. Take action every day to protect endangered species and the environment for future generations.

EcoBlvd: Protecting Biodiversity Through Every Purchase

EcoBlvd Compostable Phone Cases That Support Endangered Animals

At EcoBlvd, our commitment to protecting biodiversity goes beyond eco-friendly products like compostable phone cases. With each purchase, you're not only getting stylish protection for your device but also supporting vital conservation efforts.


Opt for our clear Laguna case and support the Ocean Conservancy's tireless work in preserving marine ecosystems. Combatting plastic pollution and preserving marine habitats are just some of the ways your purchase helps ensure the health of our oceans for generations to come.


Choose our rugged Mojave case and contribute to the conservation of the Mojave Desert's unique biodiversity. From habitat restoration to wildlife conservation, your purchase aids initiatives that protect this iconic landscape for future enjoyment.


But our dedication to conservation doesn't end there. Explore our range of phone case designs dedicated to raising awareness about endangered species and the threats they face. With EcoBlvd, every purchase is a step towards safeguarding our natural world.

Bees: Celebrate World Bee Day on May 20th by highlighting the vital role bees play in pollination and food production.

Sea Turtle: Honor World Turtle Day on May 23rd by supporting efforts to protect these ancient marine reptiles from threats like plastic pollution and habitat loss. As many as 50% of sea turtles ingest plastic debris, endangering their populations.

Polar Bear:  With an estimated population decline of 30% by 2050 due to shrinking sea ice, polar bears urgently need our support.


Penguins: With some species projected to decline by 60% or more by the end of the century due to climate change, penguins need our help to protect their habitats.

Shark Fin: Up to 73 million sharks are killed annually for their fins, threatening shark populations worldwide.

Graceful Crane: Habitat loss and degradation are threatening crane populations worldwide, making conservation initiatives crucial for their survival.

Purrfectly Striking: With a population decline of approximately 30% over the past three generations, leopards urgently need our help to protect their habitats.

Macaw Medley: With habitat destruction leading to a population decline of some species by as much as 90% in the past century, macaws need our support to conserve their habitats.



Endangered Species Day is a reminder of the fragility of life on Earth and the importance of protecting biodiversity. As we celebrate Endangered Species Day in 2024, let us renew our commitment to conservation and take action to protect endangered species and their habitats. By working together, we can ensure a brighter future for wildlife and for generations to come.