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Jennifer Humphrey
Analysis Essay/Week 3
ENC1101-12
Endangered Species and the Impacts on Life

The Endangered Species Act of 1973 was approved Dec. 28, 1973. This act repealed the Endangered Species Conservation Act of Dec. 5, 1969. The 1969 Act had amended the Endangered Species Preservation Act of Oct. 15, 1966. The 1973 Act implemented the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, signed by the U.S. on March 3, 1973, and the Convention on Nature Protection and Wildlife Preservation in the western hemisphere signed by the U.S. on Oct. 12, 1940. (www.fws.gov/laws/lawsdigest/esact.html)

Endangered Species do not only mean animals; there are also several plants, insects, birds, mammals, crustaceans and jelly fish, fish, sea anemones and coral, snails, and amphibians. The endangered species that I have chosen to research are native to either my state, Virginia, or my brother’s state, Maine. These endangered creatures are not only in the U.S., but all over the world. First, here are the top 14 most endangered species in the world and a description of what is going on with them, according to www.allaboutwildlife.com/ten-most-endangered-animals, this list was chosen by first consulting the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and then reviewing the organizations data on many of the most critically endangered animals. A list was made, primarily based on the size of species’ population and threats that it faces. Then, the organization divided that list into groups to include sea mammals, terrestrial mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds. Then the first 10 were picked from what seemed the most appealing and the most in need of help. The latter four, came from a previous list they wanted to share as important species as well. IUNC’s website has thousands of endangered species to choose from, their website is www.iuncredlist.org. 1. Ivory-Billed Woodpecker: A North American bird so endangered it may actually...