Florida Panther Symposium and Habitat Field Trip
You’re invited to attend the first ever Florida Panther Symposium this March 21 in Gainesville, Florida. The overarching goal of the symposium is to recover Florida panthers; the specific objective is to convene key stakeholders to identify opportunities and obstacles for protecting and expanding the Florida panther’s range. This includes preserving the functionality and spatial extent of the existing habitat, while also initiating the reintroduction of Florida panthers further north and bolstering Florida's wildlife corridor to provide better connectivity. The symposium will feature presentations from numerous experts on this beautiful wild cat.
The Center’s own staff attorney and Florida native Jaclyn Lopez will help kick off the symposium during the introduction and welcome.
The day after the symposium, once you’re full of panther knowledge from our presenting biologists, please also join us for a field trip to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, a possible Florida panther reintroduction site,on Saturday, March 22. We'ill meet at the University of Florida at 7 a.m. and carpool to Okefenokee, which is one hour and 45 minutes north of the university. We'll enjoy a presentation at the visitor center, take a 1.5-hour boat tour of the refuge, have lunch at the visitor center, and take a walk on a 1.5-mile (round trip) boardwalk. Refuge biologist Sara Aicher will join us on our trip. The total cost of this activity is $25, but the Center and Sierra Club will cover $15 of that (so your total will be $10).
Cost: The symposium is free and the field trip will cost you $10.
Learn about the Center's campaign to save the Florida panther.
• March 8: People’s Hearing on Coal Export (OR)
The People's Hearing on Coal is our chance to tell Oregon decision makers why we oppose coal projects in the state. To show opposition to coal export, on March 8 kids, families and all kinds of concerned Oregonians are gathering together in downtown Portland, all wearing red to help clearly communicate their message to Governor John Kitzhaber: Say no to coal!
If you'll be in Portland for the hearing, please join Center staff at the hearing to protest coal export in your state.
Oil companies are playing a dangerous game, and it’s California’s coastlines and waters that are the latest targets. Fracking is bad news no matter where it happens, but fracking outfits off the coast pollute our water and threaten already endangered species like blue whales, snowy plovers and leatherback sea turtles.
Thousands of Californians have already urged the California Coastal Commission to halt this dangerous practice. And on March 12 the commission is meeting in Long Beach -- where nearly 200 oil wells have been fracked just off the coast.
Join the Center for Biological Diversity, partner organizations and local activists at the meeting to testify and rally in opposition of offshore fracking.
What: Rally at the California Coastal Commission meeting
When: Wednesday, March 12. Testify at the meeting from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., then join the rally from 9:45 to 11 a.m.
If you have any questions, or would like to get involved but can’t attend the meeting, please contact Hillary Aidun at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 632-9682 x 335.
Learn about the Center's campaign against fracking.
Population and Sustainability Author Speaks at the Tucson Festival of Books
Much of the content of Alan Weisman's books intersects squarely with much of the Center's groundbreaking work in our Population and Sustainability program, which examines runaway human population growth and unsustainable consumption — and their close link to the endangerment of other species.
Weisman will speak this spring at the popular annual Tucson Festival of Books. The Center will be there. Will you please join us?
When: March 15, 10-11 a.m.
Where: University of Arizona, Student Union Gallagher Theater (find out details on the room at the festival)
Cost: Free admission and free parking
We’ve spent months following Governor Jerry Brown around the state, gathering hundreds of thousands of signatures and organizing a broad coalition of Californians to voice opposition to fracking. Now we’re taking our campaign to the next level, organizing the biggest anti-fracking mobilization the state has ever seen.
Fracking is the toxic process of pumping millions of gallons of water laced with dangerous chemicals into the ground in order to extract fossil fuels, contaminating our air and water, contributing to climate change — and in the process harming California's disappearing wildlands and imperiled wildlife, from the San Joaquin kit fox to the California condor.
On March 15, join the Center for Biological Diversity, over a dozen partner organizations and thousands of activists from around the state at a rally in California's capital to make sure Governor Brown hears our message: Don’t frack California.
When: Saturday, March 15, 1–5 p.m.
Cost: The rally is free; bus tickets will vary according to your location
No matter where you live in California, please join us — we're striving to provide everyone with transportation. Sign up here for a seat on a bus from the Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego or over a dozen other locations around the state.
Learn more about California fracking .
Dr. Riki Ott (Earth Island Institute), Dr. John French (Pegasus Environmental Solutions), Carl Wassilie (Alaska's Big Village Network), Nikos Pastos (Center for Water Advocacy and Alaska Inter-Tribal Council), Pam Miller (Alaska Community Action on Toxics) and the Center for Biological Diversity's own Alaska Director Rebecca Noblin come together to make a compelling case that Alaska and national oil spill response policies are outdated and fail to protect people and the environment. Learn what offshore oil, tar sands and fracking have in common — and the opportunities we have to protect Alaska’s waters and people.
Where: University of Alaska Anchorage Campus Bookstore
Learn more about Arctic Oil Development.
Host an Action to Stop Keystone
Learn more about the Keystone XL pipeline.
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 photo by Michael Van Woert; Florida panther photo courtesy USFWS
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