Endangered Species Day - May 18
The Town of Hardwick boasts amazing biodiversity and is home to many rare, endangered, and threatened species of wildlife and plant life. The following article tells more about it and how to access the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program’s (NHESP) website to learn more about the species found right here in Hardwick.
This year, Endangered Species Day is observed on May 18. The United States
Congress appointed this day to recognize efforts in conserving rare species.
Through the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act, Massachusetts also protects
local native species that mayor may not be federally protected. Over 425
endangered, threatened, or special concern animals and plants live in
Massachusetts. Species from the majestic bald eagle to the unusual mountain
cranberry need protection. Even though many, like the peregrine falcon, have come
a long way, our native species still need help.
MassWildlife's Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program implements the
state's Endangered Species Act. This happens through field surveys and research,
regulations, habitat management, land protection, and education. But the Program
needs you. Help us monitor rare species by telling us when you see them. You can
also help by donating directly to the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species
Find out more by visiting mass.gov/service-details/support-endangered-species-conservation