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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Ignite Change

 

Join the Ignite Change Movement
Ongoing
Nationwide

It’s time to take our resistance to the next level.

That’s why the Center for Biological Diversity is launching Ignite Change, a nationwide movement that’s standing up to Trump to save life on Earth.

We’re building a massive, volunteer-driven network to call out members of Congress, organize and attend rallies, activate locally and be a powerful, sustained voice for wildlife, wild places and a livable planet.

This is a grassroots network that depends on people like you. Join today.

We won’t let Trump and his far-right Congress take over our public lands, wipe our wildlife, pollute our air and water, and ruin our climate.

But we need your help to make this work and build a powerful network of resistance that’s speaking up for the wild every day.

Resist. Ignite.

Join us now to be part of this movement.

 

Host a Population and Sustainability Event With Our Endangered Species Condoms Resources
Ongoing
Worldwide

The Center’s Endangered Species Condoms are a fun, unique way to get people talking about the link between human population growth and the extinction of rare species. With more than 7 billion people on the planet and counting, this is a conversation we need to have now.

Check out our Endangered Species Condoms Toolkit page for downloadable resources and valuable information to help you start talking about population, overconsumption and the extinction crisis.

Learn more about our Population and Sustainabily program.

 

The Pollination Project Giving Seed Grants to Fund Social Change Projects
Ongoing
Worldwide, online

The Pollination Project, an ally of the Center for Biological Diversity, provides $1,000 startup grants to individual change-makers and projects that promote compassion around the world.

Since the organization started on January 1, 2013, The Pollination Project has provided funding to nearly 1,000 seed grants in 55 countries. Its grantees have gone on to win prestigious awards, be featured in international news outlets and gain additional financial support. Many of these grantees say that it was The Pollination Project's belief in them that helped their projects grow.

Learn more about grants at The Pollination Project website and apply for a grant here.

 

Global Amphibian BioBlitz: Saving Amphibians Through Social Networking
Ongoing
Worldwide

Amphibians around the world are disappearing, and nearly a third are threatened with extinction. To better understand and conserve these animals, scientists need more information on their locations. And what better way to get the right info from around the globe than through people like you?

The Center has joined other conservation organizations to launch a Web-based social networking effort dubbed the Global Amphibian BioBlitz. The BioBlitz website allows amateur naturalists from around the world to submit their amphibian photographs, along with dates and locations. The site's lofty aim? To take a census of the world's amphibians and discover which species are still here, and where — so we can make sure they stay here. With your help.

Help save frogs, toads and salamanders — and have fun at the same time — by submitting your observations to the Global Amphibian BioBlitz now. Then learn about the Center's own Amphibian Conservation campaign and get more about the BioBlitz from UC Berkeley.

 

Gasland II: The Film
Ongoing
Worldwide

Fimmaker Josh Fox galvanized the world against fracking with his film Gasland. Now, he's doing it again with the sequel Gasland II — but this time, he's targeting another level ofcontamination due to fracking: "The contamination of our democracy through the intense influence of oil and gas corporations on our political system.

"The result," says the film's website, "is every bit as shocking as the first film."

Gasland II is now being shown in various cities. Learn more about the film, watch a trailer, see where it's playing and even host a screening of our own at the Gasland II website.

Learn more about the Center's campaign against fracking.

 


• “OR7 — The Journey”: Film Screening, Q&A With Center Wolf Expert (CA)
• Oct. 11: Ales and Wild Tails: Rising Above Plastics (FL)

• Ongoing: Join the Ignite Change Movement (nationwide)
• Ongoing: Host a Population and Sustainability Event With Our Endangered Species Condoms Resources (worldwide)

• Ongoing: The Pollination Project Giving Seed Grants to Fund Social Change Projects (worldwide, online)
• Ongoing: Global Amphibian BioBlitz: Saving Amphibians Through Social Networking (worldwide)
• Ongoing: Gasland II: The Film (worldwide)

 

“OR7 — The Journey”: Film Screening, Q&A With Center Wolf Expert
October 5, 2017
Berkeley, California

The Center for Biological Diversity is pleased to announce a special screening of the documentary “OR-7 — The Journey”  at the Historic Fellowship Hall in Berkeley on Thursday evening, Oct. 5. After the screening, the Center’s wolf expert Amaroq Weiss will take audience questions and discuss wolf recovery in California.

This inspiring film is about Oregon’s famous wandering gray wolf, OR-7, who made international news after trekking hundreds of miles from northeastern Oregon down into Northern California, becoming the first confirmed wild wolf in California in 87 years. In the process he inspired people around the world and has become an ambassador for recovering native wildlife. This wolf was dubbed “OR-7” by biologists and was given the name “Journey” by schoolchildren in a naming contest.

OR-7 eventually crossed from California back into Oregon, where he found a mate and then fathered pups in 2014, forming the first wolf pack — officially named the Rogue pack — west of the Cascades in nearly 70 years. Since that pack’s first pups were born, wildlife biologists have confirmed that OR-7 and his mate have also had litters in all the following years: 2015, 2016 and 2017.  At least two of OR-7’s pups, as young adults, have made their own way into California, including the male of the Lassen pack, one of California’s first two confirmed wolf families.

The film tells OR-7’s  story as it explores an awakening in how Americans see native wildlife and wild places, along with the conflict between 21st-century science and values and the old prejudices and politics that put the future of wolves — and OR-7 himself — in jeopardy.

Please come celebrate wolf recovery, wildlife and OR-7's epic journey in this event cohosted by the Center for Biological Diversity, Transition Berkeley and The Social Justice Committee (Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists).

When: Thursday, October 5, 2017, 7 p.m. (arrive at 6:30 if you can bring a snack to share)
Where: Historic Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA
Cost: A suggested donation of $5–20 to cover event costs is appreciated, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Bring: A healthy vegetarian snack to share before the film if you like
Location and parking: The hall is at Bonita Avenue, one block east of MLK Way and three blocks west of Shattuck Avenue. Public transit is by AC transit bus on Shattuck Avenue. Parking is on the street. The space is wheelchair accessible via a ramp.

For more information email Amaroq Weiss or Transition Berkeley.  

Learn more about the film and watch the trailer and learn more about the Center's West Coast wolf work.

 

 

Ales and Wild Tails: Saving Shorebirds
October 11, 2017
St. Petersburg, Florida


The Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges are pleased to invite you to "Ales and Wild Tails," a night of environmental education, conversation and good beer on October 11 at The Ale and the Witch in St. Pete.

We'll be in the plaza, and this month's event will feature a presentation by Jessica Lewis and Holley Short of Audubon Florida. Jessica and Holley will regale the crowd with stories of saving nesting shorebirds from predators of all kinds. They will also speak about conservation efforts throughout Pinellas and invite you to be a part of the multifaceted solution to protect our shorebirds.

Holley Short is a Florida native currently residing in St. Petersburg. She is Audubon’s Stewardship and Monitoring Project Manager for Pinellas County. Jessica Lewis is a seasonal Shorebird Stewardship Coordinator within Anclote Key Preserve and surrounding islands. Between the two of them, they cover hundreds of miles of beach habitat and monitor thousands of shorebirds throughout the Suncoast region.

The event is free, and the beer is affordable and delicious -- so bring your friends.

What: "Ales and Wild Tails," this month featuring Audubon Florida’s Jessica Lewis and Holley Short
When: Wednesday, Oct. 11, 6-7 p.m.
Where: The Ale and the Witch, 111 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Mark your calendar — "Ales and Wild Tails" happens the second Wednesday of every month. You can also follow the events on the Center's Facebook page. If you have questions, email the Center's Elise Bennett.

 


 


Penguin banner photo by Michael Van Woert; photo of hikers in Arizona by Sunfellow/Pixabay