Learn how the Endangered Species Act (ESA) works in our new series! Meg Evansen, our Conservation Science & Policy Analyst, explains the Endangered Species Act in under 90 seconds in this helpful a series of primers. Click on the links and read the descriptions below to get helpful summaries on the ESA as a whole as well as three critical sections: 4, 7, and 9.
In Part 1, Meg uses sea turtles to help illustrate why the ESA is essential for the recovery of endangered species. Part 2 of our new ESA series breaks down section 4 - an important section for giving Florida panthers and other species protections. Here, Meg explains how section 4 helps endangered species move towards the ultimate goal of recovery. Part 3 of the series explores how section 7 helps recover endangered species like grizzly bears. Meg looks at how section 7 provides solutions for both, grizzly bears and people, as we work to protect wildlife from extinction. In the final chapter of our ESA series, Part 4, Meg walks through Section 9 of the Endangered Species Act. She uses whooping cranes as an example of how these protections make sure that listed species are afforded the opportunity to recover.