The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was signed into law in 1973 to protect animal and plant species at risk of extinction due to habitat changes or loss. The ESA is intended to conserve the habitats and to foster the recovery of threatened or endangered animal and plant species across the United States based on sound data and science. And though the ESA was never intended to be used by environmental organizations as a litigation tool, it has since been abused in order to halt development or destroy economic growth and job creation while diverting millions of taxpayer dollars away from species recovery.

Over the past few years, there have been numerous efforts in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, and elsewhere to list species as endangered and place hundreds of thousands of acres of land off-limits to economic development. And a new, stronger wave of threats is expected.

Click here to learn more >>

Search Species by Region

Click on a region of the map to view more details about endangered species found in that area.

Latest News

Weekly Newsletter – 3/24/17

Issues Rusty patched bumble bee listing now in effect. The endangered listing of the rusty patched bumble bee (RPBB) went into effect this week. While the RPBB was listed in January, the listing did not immediately take effect due to a 60-day freeze on Obama-era regulations. The freeze expired on Tuesday. Since President’s Trump freeze, there has been much controversy [...]

Weekly Newsletter – 3/24/17

Issues Rusty patched bumble bee listing now in effect. The endangered listing of the rusty patched bumble bee (RPBB) went into effect this week. While the RPBB was listed in January, the listing did not immediately take effect due to a 60-day freeze on Obama-era regulations. The freeze expired on Tuesday. Since President’s Trump freeze, there has been much controversy [...]

Weekly Newsletter – 3/17/17

Issues IPAA requests delay in updated FWS conservation agreements. On Monday, the Independent Petroleum Association of America and American Petroleum Institute sent a letter urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries' acting directors to delay the implementation of new rules for Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (CCAAs). IPAA and API argue that the proposed delay would allow [...]