International Sea Turtle Symposium
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
• April 15: Learn about Wolves in California and Wolf Recovery Challenges — Attend an Evening Presentation (CA)
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
Explore Wilderness: A Conversation on Alaska’s Wilderness Values
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:
When: Tuesday, April 15; doors open at 6 p.m., event begins at 6:30 p.m.
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)
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 3 — or, you can attend the commission's hearing on April 16.
Learn more about wolves on the West Coast.
"Reject and Protect" — Mass No KXL Rally in D.C.
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.
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
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.
Cost: Registration for all four days starts at $550. Individual days’ registration available.
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 banner photo by Michael Van Woert; loggerhead sea turtle photo courtesy Picasa/Joseph and Farideh
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