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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 9: Join Us at a Concert to Stop Rosemont Mine (AZ)
• May 15-16 (and all month): Celebrate Endangered Species Day (nationwide)
• Ongoing until May 15: Endangered Species Youth Art Contest (nationwide)

• May 26: Oregon Rally Against LNG Exports (OR)
• 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)


Endangered Species Youth Art Contest
Entries due May 1, 2014; winners celebrated May 15 (Endangered Species Day)

Are you a young person who fancies yourself a decent artist — or think you just might be? Test your skills (and, more importantly, have a lot of fun) by entering the Endangered Species Youth Art Contest.

All you have to do is use your piece of art to tell a success story about a species recovery — for example, do a drawing of a marine species with people in the background cleaning up a beach. Make sure to choose a species from one of these four groups: vertebrate animals (including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish); invertebrate animals (including clams, snails, insects, crustaceans); flowering plants (including all plants that have flowers); and non-flowering plants (conifers, ferns, and lichens).

The Endangered Species Youth Art Contest is open to K-12th grade students residing in the United States, including those who are homeschooled or belong to a youth/art program. The artwork must depict a land- or ocean-dwelling species that either lives in or migrates through the United States and its waters; or a plant or an insect that is found in the United States. The species must either be currently protected as "threatened" or "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act, or it must be a species that was previouslyprotected under the Endangered Species Act but is now considered recovered (you can choose from this list of species).

The youth art contest is being sponsored by the Endangered Species Coalition — a national network of hundreds of conservation, scientific, education, religious, sporting, outdoor recreation, humane, business and community groups across the country — of which the Center for Biological Diversity is proud to be a member.

When: Submissions must be postmarked by March 1, 2015.

Cost: Free

Learn more about the contest, including guidelines, judging and prizes.

Check out the Center's website about endangered species success stories if you need some inspiration.


Join Us at a Concert to Stop Rosemont Mine
May 9, 2015
Tucson, Arizona

The Center for Biological Diversity is pleased to invite you to a fun night out on Saturday, May 9 at downtown Tucson's Hotel Congress to benefit several conservation groups working to stop Rosemont Mine.

In addition to live music from the soulful singer-songwriter Kevin Pakulis, there will be hors d'oeuvres, speakers (including Congressman Raúl Grijalva), and like-minded friends gathering to have fun and support the campaign to stop this copper mine. If it's built, it will destroy a chunk of our beautiful Santa Rita Mountains and threaten jaguars, ocelots and other animals and plants.

As a southern Arizonan, you know the hidden gems this part of the country holds. And as an activist, you know that they're always under attack from those looking to make a quick buck. If you can, please join us this night to protect this area you love.

What: Benefit concert to stop Rosemont Mine
When: Saturday, May 9, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Copper Hall in Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., Tucson, AZ
Cost: $20 — proceeds go to the Center for Biological Diversity, Save the Scenic Santa Ritas, Patagonia Area Resource Alliance, Sky Island Alliance, Defenders of Wildlife, and Tucson Audubon Society

Click here to buy tickets in advance, and learn more about the Center's work to stop Rosemont Mine.


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.


Oregon Rally Against LNG Exports
May 26
Salem, Oregon

Join Center staff from our Portland office, along with our ally group Columbia RiverKeeper — and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., president of the Waterkeeper Alliance — for a rally on the steps of the state capitol to demonstrate statewide opposition to the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG). We'll send a clear message to Governor Brown, state agencies and elected officials that Pacific Northwest residents are united against LNG exports — both in Warrenton and in Coos Bay. The rally will then march to the Department of State Lands to urge the agency to deny all permits for LNG.

When: Tuesday, May 26, 12:00-3 p.m.

Where: Front Steps of the Oregon State Capitol located at 900 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301

Get more information now.


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