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Endangered Species Day 2023

Updated: May 19, 2023

Join The Hedrick Project in celebrating Endangered Species Day! Every year on the third Friday in May, people around the world raise awareness about endangered species while encouraging communities to take action. The day provides an opportunity to educate people about the impact of human activities on wildlife ecosystems and promote conservation efforts.

Endangered species are animals at risk of extinction due to factors such as deforestation, pollution, and climate change. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) there are currently more than 42,100 species threatened with extinction. A loss in biodiversity from species extinction impacts their ecosystems and the roles they have, such as pollinating plants, dispersing seeds, and controlling the population.

Endangered Species in North Carolina

North Carolina is home to diverse species spread throughout the state from the mountains to the beaches. While some species, like the white-tailed deer, are abundant, others, like red wolves, are critically endangered. One of the main threats to species in North Carolina is habitat loss due to urbanization and agriculture.

Part of the Project NC mission is to make a positive impact on animal life in the state. Our partners, like the Carolina Raptor Center and the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Conservatory, work daily to educate and protect animals in North Carolina. Their projects and other efforts to conserve endangered species often include habitat restoration, rehabilitation, and educational programs to promote awareness.

What You Can Do to Help

Make a difference by getting involved to help save endangered species. Get started by searching for local conservation organizations or wildlife rehabilitation centers in your area. The organizations may host special events or provide education about conserving your local endangered species. Also, consider reducing your overall environmental impact by recycling and supporting eco-friendly practices or businesses.

You can also show support financially. Contribute to conserving endangered species by donating to The Hedrick Project. Select a project of your choice or donate to the collective to distribute to multiple projects. Remember, 100% of your donation goes to our partners.

Learn More

The following list provides resources to learn more about endangered species around the world. Share what you learn for Endangered Species Day on May 19th!

Protecting endangered species is crucial for the health and well-being of our planet because they play an essential role in maintaining balanced ecosystems. By protecting endangered species and their habitats, we can ensure a sustainable future for ourselves and future generations.

To make a difference and celebrate Endangered Species Day, consider donating to The Hedrick Project today. We are dedicated to bettering animal life around the world. Your donation will help support conservation efforts and protect endangered species from extinction. Together, we can make a difference and create a brighter future for endangered species and our planet.


Written by: Faith Foushee


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