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International Sea Turtle Symposium
April 10-17, 2014
New Orleans, Louisiana

This annual gathering of sea turtle aficionados will meet in New Orleans for one week for the singular goal of conserving sea turtles and their habitat. The theme of this year’s symposium is “cultures,” which means that symposium events will seek to honor the cultures of our society with a focus on the conservation and study of sea turtles and their habitat.

The Center’s sea turtle attorneys, Jaclyn Lopez and Catherine Kilduff, will be presenting on their work to protect sea turtles. Catherine will present “Protecting Marine Ecosystems Through Designation of Loggerhead Sea Turtles’ In-water Critical Habitat under the U.S. Endangered Species Act” at 11:18 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15, and Jaclyn will present “Defending Environmental Advocates: Sometimes Shining a Bright (Figurative) Spot Light Is Good for Sea Turtles” at 4 p.m. the same day. On April 17, Jaclyn will also give an oral presentation called "Loggerhead Critical Habitat: Facts and Fictions About Its Potential Legal and Biological Impacts" at about 10:45 a.m. and later, from about 1:30–3:30 p.m., will lead a workshop called “From Science to Conservation Policies: Taking Research to the Real World." The Center will also have an informational table where you can meet Center staff.

When: April 10-17, 2014

Where: New Orleans Marriot, 555 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Cost: Free and open to the public Monday through Wednesday, 4-7 p.m.; contact Jaclyn Lopez for more information or to volunteer.

Learn more about the symposium and the Center's work to protect sea turtles.



• April 15: Learn about Wolves in California and Wolf Recovery Challenges — Attend an Evening Presentation (CA)
• April 10-17: International Sea Turtle Symposium (LA)

• April 15: Explore Wilderness: A Conversation on Alaska’s Wilderness Values (AK)
• April 16 or April 3: Help Protect Wolves in California — Write a Letter or Attend a Hearing (CA)
• April 26: "Reject and Protect" — Mass No KXL Rally in D.C. (DC)
• April 30: Help Us Pass a Fracking Moratorium in California (CA)
• May 30-June 2: River Rally 2014 (PA)
• Ongoing: Host an Action to Stop Keystone (nationwide)
• Ongoing: Global Amphibian BioBlitz: Saving Amphibians Through Social Networking (worldwide)
• Ongoing: Gasland II: The Film (worldwide)


Learn about Wolves in California and Wolf Recovery Challenges — Attend an Evening Presentation
April 15, 2014
Ventura, California

Wolves are just starting to return to California, nearly 90 years after being driven to the brink of extinction in this country. As top-level predators, wolves play an essential role in wild nature. They are also part of our natural heritage and their return to California is cause for celebration. But wolves face ongoing threats to their existence, and strong state and federal protections are needed to ensure this magnificent species can return to its rightful place on the landscape. 

Attend an evening presentation given by biologist and former attorney, Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf organizer for the Center for Biological Diversity. Weiss has been one of the leading advocates for wolf recovery in the United States for nearly 18 years and has been involved in collaborative efforts with agencies, ranchers, sportshunters and other conservation groups to reach consensus agreements regarding wolf recovery in multiple states.

When: Tuesday, April 15; doors open at 6:15 p.m., event begins at 7

Where: City Corps Building, 77 N. California St., Ventura, CA 93001

Cost: Free

Learn more about wolves on the West Coast.


Explore Wilderness: A Conversation on Alaska’s Wilderness Values
April 15, 2014
Anchorage, Alaska

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, a historic law that created the legal definition of wilderness in the United States, allowing wild areas to be federally protected as deignated "wilderness" areas — that have thrived across the country. Benefitting eco-tourism, subsistence and more, federally designated wilderness areas are good for Alaska too.

If you'll be in Alaska this month, please join the Center and friends to hear about the many values wilderness areas bring to Alaska. You'll hear panel discussions moderated by Charles Wohlforth, author of The Fate of Nature, while also viewing art, enjoying refreshments and meeting Center staff at an info booth we'll have at the event. During the panels you’ll hear from Alaskan artists, adventurers, and other notables about Alaska’s wild places near and far from Anchorage.

Alaska’s federally designated wilderness is unlike any other state’s wilderness — not just for its beauty, but also for its management and uses. Come find out how wilderness areas are different in Alaska, and how they benefit not only species and habitat, but every Alaskan (and Alaska visitor).

We'll have two panels, accompanied by Q&A periods, taking place over the course of two hours. Panelists include:

  • Marybeth Holleman, poet and memoirist
  • Mei Mei Evans, novelist
  • Susan Watkins, plein air artist and “Voices of the Wilderness” artist-in-residence
  • Julie Decker, visual artist and Anchorage museum curator - Gyre project
  • David Rosenthal, oil painter from Cordova
  • Princess Lucaj, Gwich'in Steering Committee executive director
  • Janeen Hutchins, National Outdoor Leadership School
  • Adrienne Lindholm, National Park Service Alaska
  • Tim Lydon, U.S. Forest Service
  • Wendy Loya, ecologist for The Wilderness Society

When: Tuesday, April 15; doors open at 6 p.m., event begins at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Wilda Marston Theatre, Loussac Library, 3600 Denali St., Anchorage, Alaska

Cost: Free

Learn more about the event on Facebook.


Help Protect Wolves in California — Write a Letter or Attend a Hearing
April 16, 2014 (letter deadline: April 3)
Ventura, California

April 16 is a big day for wolves, coyotes and other wildlife in the Golden State. The California Fish and Game Commission will hold a public hearing in Ventura to vote, at last, on whether to grant endangered species protections to wolves, who are starting to return here after a 90-year absence.

The Commission will also be accepting testimony on whether to ban barbaric wildlife-killing contests.

Please — don't miss this chance to give California's wild animals the support they urgently need.

Act now to urge the Commission to grant wolves full protections under the California Endangered Species Act and end these unethical hunts: If you live in California, write a letter by April 3or, you can attend the commission's hearing on April 16.

Click here to take action and get more information — both a sample letter and a link to information on the hearing.

Learn more about wolves on the West Coast.


"Reject and Protect" — Mass No KXL Rally in D.C.
April 26, 2014
Washington, D.C.

We're at a critical moment in the fight to stop Keystone XL. That’s why thousands of people will march in Washington, D.C., in what could be the last show of mass public opposition before President Obama makes his decision on Keystone XL.

On Earth Day, April 22, tribal communities, farmers and ranchers from along the pipeline route will ride into Washington on horseback for a five-day encampment to protect the climate, land, water and tribal rights. The Center for Biological Diversity and allies will join in for a mass rally on April 26 and march to the White House to speak out against Keystone to save wildlife, the climate and people from this distaster in the making.

When: 11 a.m.

Where: White House, Washington, D.C.

RSVP now.

Learn more at rejectandprotect.org and check out all the tools the Center provides on our No Keystone XL website.


Help Us Pass a Fracking Moratorium in California
April 30, 2014
Sacramento, California

On April 30, a key committee of the California State Senate will vote on S.B. 1132, a bill to halt fracking in the state. We packed the room to show support for the bill at its first hearing let’s do it again on April 30 to make sure the bill keeps advancing.

Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is a dangerous oil-and-gas extraction technique that threatens California's water, air, public health, endangered wildlife and climate. Fracking is set to expand, even though it routinely employs toxic chemicals like benzene we need to stop it in its tracks.  

What: California State Senate Committee on Environmental Quality Hearing on S.B. 1132, a bill to halt fracking in California

Where: Room 3191, California State Capitol Building, 10th and L, Sacramento, CA

When: April 30, 9:30 a.m.

Email Hillary Aidun to RSVP or if you have any questions.

Learn more about California fracking.


River Rally 2014
May 30 – June 2, 2014
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Across the country and around the world, our waters are under constant assault from pollution, depletion and neglect. Whether it’s fighting contaminated rivers in China, oil spills in the Lake Michigan, or poisoned groundwater in Pennsylvania, advocates for clean, safe water are working against a complete disregard for our precious water resources.

That’s why more than 700 organizations from around the globe — including the Center — are gathering to share ideas on how to protect our rivers, lakes and oceans before it’s too late. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. are among the conference’s many distinguished speakers. The Center’s Hollin Kretzmann will join a panel on the effect of fracking in the United States and ways to protect our waters from the environmental harms posed by this dangerous practice.

When: Opening reception begins May 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.; events continue May 31 through June 2.

Where: Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel, 1000 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA

Cost: Registration for all four days starts at $550. Individual days’ registration available.

RSVP now.

Learn more about the rally and about fracking.


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; loggerhead sea turtle photo courtesy Picasa/Joseph and Farideh