Support Listing for the Endangered Loggerhead Turtle
Last Friday, May 21, was Endangered Species Day. Amidst hundreds of events celebrating wildlife across the country, oil continued to wash up on American shores in the Gulf of Mexico, further degrading habitat and adding significant threats to numerous species already imperiled.
Loggerhead Turtles are just one of the species facing additional threats because of the BP oil spill diasaster. Loggerheads were already imperiled across their entire global range by threats to both their marine environment and the beaches where they lay their eggs. Because of this, the U.S. populations of Loggerheads in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans now have threatened species status, but on March 12, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service jointly proposed updgrading their status to endangered.
Please take action and support this proposed listing. The heightened protection offered by endangered species status will better ensure survival of the Loggerhead Turtle during this critical crisis when they need all the help they can get.