Endangered Species Act Rules Prioritize Science in Conserving Vulnerable Species

Newly-announced changes restore protections that were stripped away during the Trump Administration.
Bald Eagle. Foto: Lisa Southwick/Audubon Photography Awards

WASHINGTON (March 28, 2024) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced new rules governing the implementation of the Endangered Species Act, restoring some protections that were removed under the previous administration and strengthening conservation for threatened species. 

“When it comes to conservation of birds and other wildlife, we support leading with science,” said Jon Hayes, vice-president at the National Audubon Society and executive director of Audubon New Mexico. “We appreciate the good work of the Fish and Wildlife Service to use the best science available to make these changes.  In the face of threats like climate change and habitat loss, it is critical that we act to ensure the survival of species in decline for decades to come.” 

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