Wildlife Center of VA Celebrates 40 Years of Endangered Species Act
12/28/2013 6:35:28 PM
Wildlife Center of Virginia
WAYNESBORO, Va (WVIR) -
The Waynesboro-based Wildlife Center of Virginia is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.
The act saved many animals from extinction, including the American bald eagle. One of those eagles is a permanent resident of the Wildlife Center.
Edward Clark, the center's president, says there have been many success stories with endangered animals in central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. That's why he believes it's critical to continue to support the act.
“Back in 1973 when the Endangered Species Act was just passed, we had about 30 to 35 nesting pairs in Virginia,” Clark says. “Today, we have close to 1,500 bald eagles, somewhere around 50 to 75 times greater than it was when this act was passed.”
Clark says though the act was passed 40 years ago, four decades is just a drop in the bucket, particularly when it comes to protecting rare animals from extinction.
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