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“A "species" is considered endangered if it is in danger of
extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.”
-- NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources

 


The Audubon Society

Save Endangered Species
http://www.audubon.org/campaign/esa/index.html

Endangered Species Act: 10 Myths & Fact
http://www.audubon.org/news/top10/esa_myths.pdf (PDF630KB)

Center for Biological Diversity

Home
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/
The Center for Biological Diversity is a nonprofit organization that works through science, law, and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction.

Publications
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/publications/index.html
See particularly the Endangered Earth Archive newsletter and Endangered Earth Online, the e-newsletter.

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

What is CITES?
http://www.cites.org/eng/disc/what.shtml
CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its purpose is to ensure that international trade in wild animal and plant specimens does not threaten their survival.

Text of the Convention
http://www.cites.org/eng/disc/text.shtml
Signed at Washington, D.C., on 3 March 1973, Amended at Bonn, on 22 June 1979.

Photo: brown and white owl on a branch.
The endangered pygmy owl. Photo credit: Bob Miles/US Fish and Wildlife Service

Photo: a links sitting in grasses.
Iberian Lynx, the most endangered wild cat. Photo from the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species Web site.


Fish & Wildlife Service

Endangered Species Act of 1973
http://www.fws.gov/endangered/pdfs/ESAall.pdf (PDF 176KB)
The Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) share responsibility for administration of the Endangered Species Act.

Endangered Species Program
http://www.fws.gov/endangered/
See particularly the Publications page.

Endangered Species Bulletin
http://www.fws.gov/endangered/bulletin.html

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Red List of Threatened Species
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Provides information on species that have been globally evaluated using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria, which determines the relative risk of extinction. The main purpose of the IUCN Red List is to catalog species that are facing a higher risk of global extinction (i.e., those listed as Critically Endangered, Endangered, or Vulnerable).

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service

Marine Mammal Protection Act
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/laws/mmpa/

Office of Protected Resources
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/
NOAA's Office of Protected Resources works to conserve, protect, and recover species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).

World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Species Programme
http://www.unep-wcmc.org/species/index.htm
Maintains several databases on endangered and threatened species and a searchable library catalog.

World Wildlife Fund

Endangered Species Protection
http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/
Includes a searchable map database of more than 26,000 species worldwide. Check out the podcast, “Wild Things.”

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