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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.



• Feb.- April: Talk: "Breaking the Taboo: Animal Rights, Human Rights and the Future of the Planet" (nationwide)
• March 25: Film Screening: Groundswell Rising (FL)
• April 3-4: OR-7 — The Journey Film Screening, Q&A and Expert Panel (WA)
• April 9: Screening of Wolf Documentary: OR7 — The Journey (AZ)
• April 18: Darter Festival and Endangered Species Mural Unveiling (AL)
• April 18: Join Us at "Earth Day St. Pete" (FL)
• April 20-21: Preserving Sacred Appalachia "Gathering, Acting, and Speaking in Unity" Earth Day Conference (WV)
• Ongoing until May 15: Endangered Species Youth Art Contest (nationwide)

• 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)


Talk: "Breaking the Taboo: Animal Rights, Human Rights and the Future of the Planet"
February–April , 2015
Various locations nationwide

With more than 7 billion people in the world today and approximately 56 billion land animals raised and slaughtered for food each year, population growth and overconsumption — particularly meat consumption — are driving many of our current environmental, animal and human-rights crises, yet these issues are often left out of the conversation among activists, policymakers and the media. Join us for a speaking tour featuring a talk on how human rights, animal rights, endangered species protection and the future of the planet are inextricably linked, and how we can use advocacy, creativity and legal action to get beyond the taboo and create a better future for all species.

Stephanie Feldstein, the Center's Population and Sustainability director, and Carter Dillard, Animal Legal Defense Fund's director of litigation, will be speaking. These lunchtime events — to be held at various locations across the United States — are hosted by the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Information for each individual talk on the tour:

February 16, 2015
When: 11:50am - 12:50pm
Where: University of Michigan Law School, 625 S State St, South Hall 1020, Ann Arbor
Cost: Free

February 17, 2015
When: 12:15-1:15pm
Where: University of Chicago Law School, 1111 East 60th Street, Room C, Chicago
Cost: Free

February 18, 2015
When: 12:20–1:20 p.m.
Where: University of Minnesota Law School, 229 19th Ave South, Walter Mondale Hall – Room 30 (Subplaza), Minneapolis
Cost: Free

February 23, 2015
When: Noon–1 p.m.
Where: Harvard Law School, 1563 Massachusetts Ave, Room WCC2004, Cambridge
Cost: Free

February 24, 2015
When: Noon–1 p.m.
Where: Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street, Room 109, New Haven
Cost: Free

February 25, 2015
When: Noon–1:15 p.m.
Where: Columbia Law School, 435 West 116th St, Room TBA, New York
Cost: Free

February 26, 2015
When: Noon–1:30 p.m.
Where: New York University School of Law, 40 Washington Square South, Smart Classroom 216, Vanderbilt Hall, New York
Cost: Free

February 27, 2015
When: Noon–1 p.m.
Where: Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue NW, McDonough 200, Washington, DC
Cost: Free

April 2, 2015
When: 12:10 – 1:20 p.m.
Where: Lewis & Clark Law School, 10015 Southwest Terwilliger Blvd, Wood Hall Room 7, Portland
Cost: Free

Learn about the Center's Population and Sustainability program.


Film Screening: Groundswell Rising
March 25, 2015
Tampa, Florida

Join us for a viewing of Groundswell Rising, a documentary about the impacts of fracking on the average person and the environment. Stay for Q & A and a discussion on what’s going on in Florida and how you can help. Light snacks will be provided.

When: Wednesday, March 25, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Seminole Heights Library, 4711 N. Central Ave., Tampa, FL
Cost: Free

RSVP to Jaclyn Lopez at jlopez@biologicaldiversity.org.

Learn more about fracking and the movie.


OR-7 The Journey: Film Screening, Q&A and Expert Panel
April 3 and 4, 2015
Spokane, Washington

The Center for Biological Diversity is pleased to announce a special screening of OR-7 —The Journey  at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane, Wash., on Friday evening, April 3 and Saturday evening, April 4, at 7 p.m. each night. Afterward the Center’s wolf expert Amaroq Weiss and filmmaker Clemens Schenk will conduct a short Q&A session, then join a panel of other wolf experts for a discussion of wolf recovery in Washington.

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. OR-7 eventually crossed back into Oregon, where he found a mate and then fathered pups, forming the first wolf pack west of the Cascades in nearly 70 years. It was recently officially named the “Rogue” pack.

Wolves also are returning to Washington, where surveys show that 74 percent of residents support wolf recovery. The state’s current estimated population of 68 wolves in 16 packs is just a tiny fraction of the number of wolves that once called Washington home. Though this fragile, still-recovering wolf population has been beset by anti-wolf bills in the state legislature, illegal poaching and heavy-handed agency management actions, coexistence with these magnificent animals is possible, and necessary, in order to ensure their future.

Please join us for these two wolf-packed nights of film and conversation, cosponsored by the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlif, the Endangered Species Coalitione and The Lands Council. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance online, as this film generally sells out quickly.

When: 7 p.m.
Where: Bing Crosby Theater, Spokane, WA

Buy your ticket now.

Learn more about the film and watch the trailer at http://www.or7themovie.com/.

Learn more about the Center’s West Coast wolf work.

NEWSFLASH: PBS loved this film so much when they saw it at a recent screening that they have decided to make it available to their television audience. OR7 — The Journey will be aired on April 20, 2015, at 9 p.m. Pacific Time on Southern Oregon Public Broadcasting, and we anticipate that it will get to stations nationwide in the future.


Screening of Wolf Documentary: OR7 The Journey
April 9, 2015
Tucson, Arizona

The Center for Biological Diversity is pleased to host an encore screening of OR7 — The Journey at The Loft Cinema in Tucson on Thursday, April 9, at 7: 30 p.m.

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. OR-7 eventually crossed back into Oregon where he found a mate and then fathered pups, forming the first wolf pack — recently officially named the Rogue Pack — west of the Cascades in nearly 70 years.

Not sure how OR-7 changes the game for wolves and people in the West? The Center's wolf expert Amaroq Weiss will host a short post-screening Q&A to tell you all about it.

When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716
Cost: $10.50

For more information call the Center for Biological Diversity at (520) 623-5252.

Tickets are available at The Loft Cinema box office or online at the Loft Cinema website.

Click here to get tickets & view the trailer.

Learn more about the Center’s West Coast wolf work.


Darter Festival and Endangered Species Mural Unveiling
April 18, 2015
Birmingham, Alabama

Join Center staff at the Darter Festival for the unveiling of the Center’s first Endangered Species Mural Project by artist Roger Peet and the Magic City Mural Collective. The mural project celebrates under-appreciated endangered species in communities across the United States to foster a deeper identification with regional biodiversity. The Darter Festival celebrates the watercress, vermillion, and rush darters, small endangered fish native to Alabama.

Alabama is a world Center of freshwater animal diversity, and the Center is working to protect hundreds of Alabama species. The Darter Festival highlights the Turkey Creek Watershed and the extraordinary gift of Alabama’s biodiversity.

The event will feature microbrews, music, dancers, a bike parade with fish-costumed riders, kite painting and flying, darter sculptures, and more. The festival is hosted by Birmingham-Southern College Southern Environmental Center.

When: Saturday April 18, 10 a.m.

Where: Railroad Reservation Park. 1800 First Avenue S., Birmingham, Alabama 35233

Get more information on the Darter Festival now.

Learn more about the Center's fight against the Southeast freshwater extinction crisis.


Join Us at "Earth Day St. Pete"
April 18, 2015
St. Petersburg, Florida

On April 18 St. Petersburg, Florida, will celebrate Earth Day at South Straub Park. The event is free and focuses on businesses and nonprofits that support green initiatives. Stop by our table and meet the Center’s Florida Director Jaclyn Lopez. Learn more about what the Center is doing in Florida and how you can help.

When: Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: South Straub Park, 250 Bay Shore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL
Cost: Free


Preserving Sacred Appalachia: "Gathering, Acting, and Speaking in Unity" Earth Day Conference
April 20-21, 2015
Charleston, West Virginia

Join Center staff and leaders from Appalachia at an unprecedented interfaith gathering of environmental experts and advocates at this Earth Day Conference. The interdisciplinary gathering will draw attention to the threats posed to human communities and endangered species by the energy-extraction industry and will seize the offensive against the corporations destroying Appalachia by proclaiming that West Virginia, Appalachia — and indeed the whole Earth — are sacred.

The gathering features 16 speakers, including Center biologist Tierra Curry and ministers, laity, environmental activists, educators and artists. The event is being sponsored by St. Luke’s United Methodist Church of Hickory, N.C. and the Appalachian Preservation Project.  

When: April 20-21, 2015, Monday at 9 a.m. till tuesday at 4 p.m.

Where: St. John’s XXIII Pastoral Center, 100 Hodges Rd, Charleston, W.V.

Register now and learn more about the agenda and view a brief video explaining the conference.


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.


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