Endangered Species Act

Florida Panther

Endangered Species Act

The strongest federal safeguard against the extinction of bird species in the United States is the Endangered Species Act. Enacted in 1973, the ESA has helped save some of America's most critically imperiled birds and wildlife, including species like the Bald Eagle, the Peregrine Falcon, the Gray Wolf, the Grizzly Bear, and the Whooping Crane.

Despite its success, Congress in recent years has seriously considered proposals that would gut the fundamental protections this bedrock environmental law provides to America's most endangered birds. The changes in Congressional leadership that resulted from the 2006 and 2008 elections restored balance to the debate about protecting our endangered and threatened species.