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Join the Center’s #OurLands Campaign

It’s time to celebrate our public lands.

Our public lands make up more than a quarter of America’s landmass — a vast network of forests, rivers, deserts and grasslandsthat belong to the people, not corporations — and whose wellbeing we entrust to our federal agencies.

These are the lands we visit to experience beauty, solitude and quiet — to share time with our families, recreate with friends and seek out adventure. Our public lands clean our air, form the headwaters for our rivers, and cradle the wildlife and ecosystems whose health is linked to our own.

But too often the influence of extractive industries — oil, gas, mining, logging, and livestock — causes our public lands to be treated like their commodities. Damage to ecosystems, plants, animals and our climate can be irretrievable. 
That’s unacceptable. We must do better.

So we’re asking you to join us in a new social media campaign — called #OurLands — celebrating a better vision for our public lands — one that puts the health of our land, climate, wildlife and water first — and ends needless, harmful industrialization. #OurLands asks you to visit nearby parks, forests and monuments and take photos of the landscapes and species you value, enjoy and work to protect.

Our campaign kicked off on America’s 21st annual National Public Lands Day (September 27), when many parks offered celebratory events and volunteer opportunities. But that was only the beginning: We want all of you to celebrate public lands throughout the year.

Let’s get out there. Let’s enjoy the beauty of our public lands with family and friends, or volunteer for a day on these lands’ behalf — and show each other how we’re doing it with photographic evidence.

Post your photos of your favorite public lands on Instagram or Twitter and tag the Center using @CenterforBioDiv and add the hashtag #OurLands. Include captions about these places and the species you support.

Check out our #OurLands Web page.

Learn more about the Center’s Public Lands program.



• April-May: Bike Tour to Save the Boundary Waters (MN)
• May 15-16 (and all month): Celebrate Endangered Species Day (nationwide)
• May 30: San Francisco Green Film Festival Screening: Edge of the Wild (CA)
• June 6: Tar Sands Resistance March (MN)
• June 16-18, 24: Don’t Hunt the Rare Florida Black Bear (FL)
• June 18: Film Screening, Q&A Discussion: OR-7The Journey
• Ongoing: Join the Center’s #OurLands Campaign
• Ongoing: Host a Population and Sustainability Event With Our Endangered Species Condoms Resources (worldwide)

• Ongoing: Host an Action to Stop Keystone (nationwide)
• Ongoing: Global Amphibian BioBlitz: Saving Amphibians Through Social Networking (worldwide)
• Ongoing: Gasland II: The Film (worldwide)


Celebrate Endangered Species Day
May 15-16, 2015 (celebrated throught May)

Endangered Species Day is a celebration of the nation’s wildlife and wild places that take place this year on May 15. Every year on the third Friday in May (and throughout the month), zoos, aquariums, parks, botanical gardens, wildlife refuges, museums, schools, community centers, conservation groups and other venues and organizations host tours, special presentations, exhibits, children’s activities and more to celebrate the day and honor endangered species and the fight to save them.

Check out details on Center-involved events to be held in St. Petersburg, Florida; Rapid City, South Dakota; and Washington, D.C. — plus other communities around the country (keep checking this page for more posts about events the Center will be hosting or attending).

You can also search for events near you hosted by the Endangered Species Coalition (of which the Center is a part). Or you can even create your own event (and tell us about it!).

To psych yourself up for the celebrations, learn about some specific endangered species success stories to celebrate; then get details about the Endangered Species Act — the bedrock environmental law that has made these successes possible.


San Francisco Green Film Festival Screening: Edge of the Wild
May 30, 2015
San Francisco, California

For more than 30 years, residents of the small town of Brisbane, California — just south of San Francisco — have fought to save rare butterflies on private land planned for luxury housing on San Bruno mountain. The epic battle between private property rights and the survival of this imperiled species has resulted in a major shift in national environmental policy. In Edge of the Wild, Bay Area filmmaker Gail Mallimson tells the story of this struggle, both past and present, through the eyes of a life-long resident of Brisbane who is determined to save the last population of these butterflies before they’re gone forever.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a community partner with the San Francisco Green Film Festival for the premiere screening of this documentary, which follows a group of people determined to preserve our ecosystems. Mallimson will be present for a question-and-answer session following the film.

When: Saturday, May 30, 4 p.m.
Where: Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Cost: $15 (general); $14 (students/seniors)

Learn more and purchase tickets now.


Tar Sands Resistance March
June 6, 2015
St. Paul, Minnesota

On June 6 thousands will gather in the Twin Cities for the Tar Sands Resistance March — the region's largest anti-tar sands event in history. Big Oil is trying to build and expand an enormous network of tar sands pipelines — some even bigger than Keystone XL — from Canada into the Midwest. These pipelines, along with crude oil trains and tankers, pose a growing risk to the Great Lakes, our rivers, our communities and our climate.

So the Center is coming together with other groups and allies like you for an enormous rally at which we'll make our message loud and clear: Keep toxic tar sands out of America’s heartland and join our fight for clean water, clean energy and a safe climate.

Join us at this exciting rally to stop tar sands infrastructure from spreading through the Midwest as well as across the country.

When: Saturday, June 6, noon-4 p.m.

Where: State Capitol Lawn, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul, MN, 55155

RSVP now and get details, including a map.


Don’t Hunt the Rare Florida Black Bear
June 16-18 and 24, 2015
Various locations, Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is considering allowing permits to hunt the Florida black bear, a species that was considered threatened with extinction for decades. Join the Center at a grassroots meeting near you, or if you'll be in Sarasota, attend a Commission meeting to tell its members that this rare and special animal has earned a right to recover without threat of being hunted. Ask the Commission to cancel the hunt and instead invest in educating people about bears in order to minimize human-bear conflicts.

RSVP to jlopez@biologicaldiversity.org.

Grassroots meetings:

When: June 16, 2015, 6-8 p.m.
Where: USF Selby Room, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida
Cost: Free

When: June 17, 2015, 7-8 p.m.
Where: Calusa Nature Center, Iona House, 3450 Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers, Florida
Cost: Free

When: June 18, 2015, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Sunshine Senior Center, 330 5th St. N., St. Petersburg, Florida
Cost: Free

Commission meeting:

When: June 24, 2015, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, Florida
Cost: Free


Film Screening, Q&A Discussion: OR-7 — The Journey
Washington, DC
June 18, 2015

OR7 — The Journey documents the remarkable story of Oregon's famous wandering gray wolf, OR-7, who made international news in 2011 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. That wolf was dubbed OR-7 by biologists and was given the name “Journey” by schoolchildren in a naming contest.

The film tells Journey’s story, not just as an adventure thousands of miles in the making, but representing the return of his species to their native habitats. It explores an awakening in how Americans view native wildlife and wild places, and the increasing conflict between 21st-century science and values, and the old prejudices and politics that put the future of wolves — and OR-7 — in jeopardy.

Only now are wolves making a comeback in some parts of the country due to the protections of the federal Endangered Species Act and wolf recovery efforts in the states. But there have already been three pieces of legislation proposed by officials on Capitol Hill to remove federal protections from wolves, including H.R. 1985 ("The Pacific Northwest Gray Wolf Management Act), which would strip protections from wolves in Oregon, Washington and parts of Utah.

Please join the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, the Endangered Species Coalition and Earthjustice in celebrating the Washington, D.C., premiere of the documentary OR7 - The Journey.  After the film, wolf advocates from the Center of Biological Diversity will conduct a Q&A session to discuss wolf recovery in the West Coast and the current state of wolf protection under the Endangered Species Act.  

When: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday, June 18. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
Cost: $12 (with small handling fee). Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash only) or online here.

“Learn more about gray wolves.


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

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.


Host an Action to Stop Keystone

If we're going to defeat the destructive juggernaut that is Keystone XL, it's time to get real: It's going to take a lot more than petitions and comments. We have to make our objections public and visible.

Say “No Keystone XL” by hosting an event to spread the word about the disastrous tar-sands pipeline. This could be as simple as organizing a polar bear protest at your farmers' market, asking your school or work to hold an event against Keystone, or doing a sit-in at your local park. It's going to take each of us, speaking out in our hometowns, to make a difference.

If you sign up to help do an event, you'll automatically be emailed all the resources you need to mobilize your community — from yard signs to polar bear masks to cut out, talking points, factsheets and pledge sign-up forms.

We'll give you all the tools you need, so please sign up to host an action against Keystone XL now

Learn more about the Keystone XL pipeline.


Global Amphibian BioBlitz: Saving Amphibians Through Social Networking

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
Now playing

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.


Penguin banner photo by Michael Van Woert