CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The Endangered Species Act is turning 40, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it has a lot to be proud of, including past and current efforts to protect plants and animals in New Hampshire.

Ahead of Friday's anniversary, the federal agency says New Hampshire provides homes to nearly 15 imperiled species, from the Karner blue butterfly to Jesup's milk-vetch, an extremely rare member of the bean family found only at three sites along a 15-mile stretch of the Connecticut River.

On the animal side, efforts are underway across southern New Hampshire to conserve the natural habitat of the region's only native rabbit, the New England cottontail, and the threatened Canada lynx has been confirmed to be breeding in the state.