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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.



• Aug. 23: Monarch Mural Minneapolis! Endangered Species Mural Project Unveiling (MN)
• Aug. 26 and 27: Film Screening, Q&A: OR7 — The Journey (North Bay Area Premiere) (CA)
• Sept.1-17: Public Hearings on Stream Protection Rule — Testify to Stop Coal Mining Through Streams (CO, KY, MO, PA, VA, WV)
• Ongoing: Join the Center’s #OurLands Campaign (nationwide)
• Ongoing: Host a Population and Sustainability Event With Our Endangered Species Condoms Resources (worldwide)

• Ongoing: Host an Action to Stop Keystone (nationwide)
• Ongoing: The Pollination Project Giving Seed Grants to Fund Social Change Projects (worldwide, online)
• Ongoing: Global Amphibian BioBlitz: Saving Amphibians Through Social Networking (worldwide)
• Ongoing: Gasland II: The Film (worldwide)


Monarch Mural Minneapolis! Endangered Species Mural Project Unveiling
August 23, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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

Where: 3500 Chicago Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Cost: Free

Learn more about the Center's Endangered Species Mural Project and the amazing, migrating monarch butterfly.


Public Hearings on Stream Protection Rule — Testify to Stop Coal Mining Through Streams
September 1–17, 2015
Denver, Colorado; Lexington, Kentucky; St. Louis, Missouri; Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; Big Stone Gap, Virginia; Charleston, West Virginia

A newly proposed rule would restrict coal mining within 100 feet of streams, aiding endangered species and human communities alike — but Big Coal is working hard to weaken or kill this lifesaving protection. Please show your strong support for restricting coal mining by attending a public hearing and offering a two-minute testimony backing an even stronger rule than the proposed one, letting the Office of Surface Mining know that all streams should have buffers to protect water quality from mining — no exceptions.

Meeting information:

Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
City: Denver, Colorado
Location: Jefferson County Fairgrounds Event Hall
15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden, CO 80401
Time: 5–9 p.m.

Date: Thursday, September 3, 2015
City: Lexington, Kentucky
Location: Lexington Civic Center
430 W Vine St., Lexington, KY 40507
Time: 5–9 p.m.

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015
City: St. Louis, Missouri
Location: St. Charles Convention Center
1 Convention Center Plaza, St. Charles 63303
Time: 5–9 p.m.

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015
City: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Location: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh
500 Mansfield Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Time: 5–9 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
City: Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Location: Mountain Empire Community College
3441 Mt. Empire Rd., Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Time: 5–9 p.m.

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015
City: Charleston, West Virginia
Location: Charleston Civic Center
200 Civic Center Dr., Charleston, WV 25301
Time: 5–9 p.m.

Learn more about the Center's campaign to end mountaintop-removal mining.


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.


Film Screening, Q&A: OR7 — The Journey (North Bay Area Premiere)
August 26 and 27, 2015
Santa Rosa, California

The Center for Biological Diversity and co-hosts Sonoma Land Trust, Pepperwood Preserve and Sonoma County Conservation Action are pleased to announce a special screening and the North Bay Area premiere of OR7—The Journey at the Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa, CA, on two nights: Wednesday evening, Aug. 26 and Thursday evening, Aug 27. On both nights the film starts at 7 p.m. The Center’s wolf expert, Amaroq Weiss, will join filmmaker Clemens Schenk to conduct a Q&A session after each showing to discuss wolf recovery in California, regionally and at the federal level.

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 rebound slowly 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 see 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.

Wednesday night’s screening has already sold out, so please purchase tickets for the Thursday night show now, in advance online, before it too sells out.

When: Wednesday, August 26, 7 p.m. and Thurdsay, August 27, 7 p.m.
Where: Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa, CA
Cost: $10 (plus small handling fee if purchased online)
Tickets: Buy tickets now online or call Brown Paper Tickets to purchase tickets at 1(800) 838-3006.
Learn more about the film and watch the trailer.

Get details on the Center’s work for West Coast wolves.


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.


The Pollination Project Giving Seed Grants to Fund Social Change Projects
Worldwide, online

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.

Since the organization started on January 1, 2013, The Pollination Project has provided funding to nearly 1,000 seed grants in 55 countries. Its grantees have gone on to win prestigious awards, be featured in international news outlets and gain additional financial support. Many of these grantees say that it was The Pollination Project's belief in them that helped their projects grow.

Learn more about grants at The Pollination Project website and apply for a grant here.


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; Canyonlands photo courtesy Flickr/jBrew