Center for Biological Diversity

Protecting endangered species and wild places through
science, policy, education, and environmental law.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 23, 2006

Contact: Bryan O’Neal
Tel: 520.623.5252 Ext. 309
Cell: 520.955.2082

A Quantitative Study by the Center of Biological Diversity Shows that 93 Percent of Endangered Species in the Northeastern U.S. Have Improved or Remained Stable after Being Listed Under the Endangered Species Act

Tucson, Ariz. – The Center for Biological Diversity will present the results of a study showing the success of the Endangered Species Act in the northeastern United States on Tuesday, February 28. The study looked at the statuses of the 53 endangered plants and animals that currently or historically bred or migrated in the Northeast (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine) to determine if those species have improved, declined or remained stable since being listed under the Endangered Species Act. The study shows that 93 percent of the species have improved or remained stable. Presentations will be held in New York, N.Y., Framingham, Mass., and Providence, R.I. At each, a representative from the Center for Biological Diversity will present the results of the study, followed by presentations by regional scientists and conservationists who will discuss on-the-ground conservation work for these species.

Kieran Suckling, Center for Biological Diversity Policy Director, will conduct the presentation in New York City. Also in New York will be Helen Hays from the American Museum of National History.

Peter Galvin, Center for Biological Diversity Conservation Director, will present in Framingham, Mass. Also in Framingham will be Bill Brumbeck from the New England Wild Flower Society, Jamie Bogart from the Lloyd Center for the Environment, Chelsea Gwyther from the Connecticut River Watershed Council and Doug Weihrauch from the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Melissa Waage, Center for Biological Diversity Policy Advocate, will present in Providence, R.I. Lou Perrotti from the Roger Williams Zoo will also give a presentation.

The success of the federal Endangered Species Act at achieving recovery of federally protected species has been a focal point in political discussions of legislative changes to the Endangered Species Act. This study is the first part of a comprehensive assessment of the overall success of conservation efforts to recover threatened and endangered species.

Press conference locations and times for February 28, 2006 are listed below. Presentations will last approximately 50 minutes.

Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Ave
Providence, Rhode Island 02907
Meller-Danforth Education Center
(401) 785-3510
Press Conference at 10:00 a.m. EST

New England Wild Flower Society
Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Rd.
Framingham, MA. 01701
(508) 877-7630
Press Conference at 10:00 a.m. EST

The New York Public Library
Science, Industry and Business Library
188 Madison Ave. @ 34th St.
Lower Level, Conference Room 014/015
New York, NY. 10016
(212) 592-7077
Press Conference at 10:30 a.m. EST

The Center for Biological Diversity is a nonprofit conservation organization with more than 18,000 members dedicated to protecting endangered species and wild places through science, policy, education, and environmental law.


If you'd like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Kieran Suckling, Peter Galvin or Melissa Waage please call Bryan O’Neal at (520) 623-5252 ext. 309 or e-mail him at


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