Endangered Species Case

In a letter to Museum ornithologist Frank Chapman in 1899, Theodore Roosevelt wrote, "When I hear of the destruction of a species I feel just as if all the works of some great writer had perished."

Roosevelt's conservation legacy continues to grow because of legislation passed during his administration. In 2009, President George W. Bush used the Antiquities Act of 1906 system and serves as a refuge for endangered Hawksbill sea turtles. Palmyra is the subject of ongoing research by a consortium led by the Museum's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation.