Endangered Species Act – Happy Birthday!
Forty years ago today, the Endangered Species Act was signed into law by President Richard Nikon. One of the original critters to receive protection from the ESA was the San Joaquin Kit Fox, who you see pictured here. The Act despite repeated legislative attacks still survives to protect much of our wild heritage. Many species have thrived under the protection of the act, others, still slip slowly towards extinction. The difference though for all these species does not rely on politics or biologists but with you, the public. It is understandably hard to think of our wild heritage when we are concentrating on things like economics, but we need to. You can just look out your own window at the weather as many do these days, and scratch your head wondering if this Climate Change “thing” is really starting. Our acts of yesterday effect us today. Our acts or lack of action today will effect those coming tomorrow. It’s a day to celebrate all our successes from the last forty years and time to act and plan towards our successes in the years to come. It can best be summed up like this. If John Muir didn’t have the foresight to protect Yosemite, we wouldn’t have it to enjoy today. The question is, do we have the foresight today to protect what we have for future generations?
Note: this photo is from the first project I shot all digital in 2000 (D1 / 400f2.8AFS). It went around the world minutes after taken introducing many to the magic and use of digital in science.