The Endangered Species Act 101

The Endangered Species Act 101

The Endangered Species Act 101

Learn how the Endangered Species Act (ESA) works in our new series! Meg Evansen, our Conservation Science & Policy Analyst, explains the Endangered Species Act in under 90 seconds in this helpful a series of primers. Click on the links and read the descriptions below to get helpful summaries on the ESA as a whole as well as three critical sections: 4, 7, and 9.

In Part 1, Meg uses sea turtles to help illustrate why the ESA is essential for the recovery of endangered species. Part 2 of our new ESA series breaks down section 4 - an important section for giving Florida panthers and other species protections. Here, Meg explains how section 4 helps endangered species move towards the ultimate goal of recovery. Part 3 of the series explores how section 7 helps recover endangered species like grizzly bears. Meg looks at how section 7 provides solutions for both, grizzly bears and people, as we work to protect wildlife from extinction. In the final chapter of our ESA series, Part 4, Meg walks through Section 9 of the Endangered Species Act. She uses whooping cranes as an example of how these protections make sure that listed species are afforded the opportunity to recover.

Meg Evansen
Conservation Science and Policy Analyst

As the Conservation Science and Policy Analyst in the Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders, Meg assists with the analysis of scientific research and policy implementation to find new and creative solutions for wildlife conservation.