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.
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.
Learn more about the Center’s Public Lands program.
• Aug. 12: The Wolf Conservation Center’s “Family Walk to Protect America’s Wild Heritage”
Join Center staff and allies for the unveiling of a monarch butterfly mural by artist Roger Peet. The dedication is the third gala in the Center’s new Endangered Species Mural Project, which celebrates endangered species in communities across the country to foster a deeper identification with regional biodiversity.
This mural celebrates the beloved monarch butterfly, a once-common backyard friend that has declined by 80 percent in the last 20 years due to pesticides and habitat loss.
The event will include music and educational activities, to be put on in partnership with the Monarch Joint Venture, a partnership of federal and state agencies, nongovernmental organizations and academic programs working together to support and coordinate efforts to protect the monarch migration across the lower 48 United States. Girl Scout Troup #56198 will be leading monarch-themed art activities and the band Tree Party will be playing.
When: Sunday, August 23, 2015 5-7 p.m. Central Time
The Wolf Conservation Center’s third annual service-learning event, “WCC’s Family Walk to Protect America’s Wild Heritage,” celebrates children’s author Jean Craighead George, as well as the Endangered Species Act and the species it protects.
The late Jean Craighead George, a Newbery award winner and once named a “Conservation Hero” by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, wrote books for children in love with the wonders of nature — which she was, too. She told stories about a boy and a falcon, a girl and an elegant wolf pack (Jule and the Wolves), owls, weasels, foxes, prairie dogs, the alpine tundra, the tropical rain forest and the splendor and elegance of wildness. And when the telling was done, Jean hoped children would want to protect all the beautiful creatures and places she taught them about in her books. These books also opened doors to understanding the plight of endangered species and the importance of rewilding the hearts of our children — a new generation of environmental stewards whose energy and action can collectively become the critical catalyst needed to protect our nation's most important environmental law, the Endangered Species Act, and all the imperiled animals and plants it helps conserve.
Thus it is with great pleasure that the Wolf Conservation Center — with the Center for Biological Diversity as its cosponsor — dedicate this event to Jean Craighead George.
During the event participants will be introduced to at-risk species that have been given a chance at recovery thanks to the Endangered Species Act. It will include learning activities, hikes, crafts, raffles and even an appearance by the Wolf Conservation Center's ambassador wolf, Atka. We hope you can join us on this special day.
When: Wednesday, August 12
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.
Film Screening, Q&A: OR7 — The Journey (North Bay Area Premiere)
OR7 — The Journey documents a remarkable wildlife success story taking shape in Oregon and the potential for regional recovery of wolves in the Pacific West. While Oregon's last wolf bounty was paid in 1947; wolves have begun to slowly rebound after they were granted protections under the federal Endangered Species Act in 1973. Oregon is once again home to a fragile, recovering population of gray wolves.
All of Oregon’s wolves lived in the northeast corner of the state until one male dispersed from his pack in 2011 and made history by becoming the first documented wolf west of the Cascades since 1947, and the first in California in nearly a century. 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.
Come celebrate wolf recovery, wildlife and OR-7's epic journey. Since California’s state wildlife agency will soon be releasing for public comment a draft state wolf plan, this film screening and opportunity in the Q&A afterwards to ask questions about wolf conservation could not be more timely.
We anticipate the film will sell out quickly, and recommend purchasing tickets in advance online as soon as possible.
When: Wednesday, August 26, 7 p.m.
Get details on the Center’s work for West Coast wolves.
Host an Action to Stop Keystone
Learn more about the Keystone XL pipeline.
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.
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?
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."
Learn more about the Center's campaign against fracking.
Penguin banner photo by Michael Van Woert; Canyonlands photo courtesy Flickr/jBrew
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