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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.



• April-May: Bike Tour to Save the Boundary Waters (MN)
• April 20-21: Preserving Sacred Appalachia "Gathering, Acting, and Speaking in Unity" Earth Day Conference (WV)
• April 21: Learn About Indigenous Resistance to the Oak Flat Land Grab (AZ)
• April 21: Pima County Board of Supervisors Meeting on Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan (AZ)
• April 21: Rally Against Seismic Blasting (FL)
• April 25-26: Green Thumb Festival (FL)
• April 26: “Shell No!” Protest: Seattle Draws the Line (WA)
• May 1: OR7 — The Journey: Film Screening and Q&A (CA)
• 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)


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.


Learn About Indigenous Resistance to the Oak Flat Land Grab
April 21, 2015
Flagstaff, Arizona

Late last year the U.S. Congress quietly passed an amendment to spending legislation that will result in the transfer of public land in the Tonto National Forest to Resolution Copper Mining (a subsidiary of multinational Rio Tinto). Resolution Copper has been attempting to move this new copper mine forward for many years — and this gift from Congress will allow them to operate the mine without additional government oversight or review. The land that will be transferred is considered sacred to the San Carlos Apache, and is an important riparian area with habitat for the endangered ocelot.

On April 21 Wendsler Noise, Sr., councilman and former chairman of the San Carlos Apache Nation will be leading a discussion at Northern Arizona University about the Apache resistance to the Oak Flat land transfer and the proposed Resolution copper mine. Wendsler will tie the Oak Flat resistance campaign into the broader struggle for environmental justice and cultural preservation for native tribes throughout the U.S. Learn more about the intersection between environmental protection and tribal rights and how you can support the Oak Flat resistance.

When: Tuesday, April 21, 8 p.m.
Where: Northern Arizona University, SBS West 200 (Building 70), Flagstaff, Arizona 86001 (Campus map: http://www2.nau.edu/nau-map/)
Cost: Free

Learn more about mining.


Pima County Board of Supervisors Meeting on Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan
April 21, 2015
Tucson, Arizona

The Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan is a key mechanism for protecting the beautiful desert around Tucson, Arizona, from poorly planned development. For more than 15 years, the Center has been a leading member of the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, the group leading the push for full implementation of the plan. In order for it to be properly implemented, bond money must be approved to acquire open space to protect habitat for dozens of species covered under the plan, some of which are threatened or endangered.

At the next meeting of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, the board will consider whether to include a comprehensive bond package — including $95 million for open space — on the fall ballot. The package was worked out with great effort and citizen input over several years, but it will provide no benefit unless the board agrees to put it before voters for final passage this fall. We need to pack the room at the meeting to show strong support for the bond package, open space and the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan. Center staffers will be there, and the Center’s Randy Serraglio has spoken many times before the supervisors in the past in support of this issue.

When: Tuesday, April 21, 9 a.m.
Where: Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 1st Floor, Pima County Administration Building, 130 W. Congress St., Tucson, AZ 85701
Cost:  Free

Learn more about the Sonoran desert.


Rally Against Seismic Blasting
April 21, 2015
Jacksonville, Florida

Deafening seismic exploration is planned for the south
Atlantic Ocean, right off the coast of Jacksonville, but Florida has a shot at keeping seismic out of its waters.

Join us at a rally April 21 in Jacksonville to send a clear message to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management that we want clean beaches and abundant sea life, not another Deepwater Horizon. Come dressed for your favorite beach activity (surfing, fishing, wildlife watching) for a rally and press conference at the historic American Red Cross Volunteer Lifeguard Station, and then carpool over to the BOEM meeting, where we’ll take our concerns — and the beach — to those who want to allow seismic in our waters. You can also send Governor Scott an email asking him to deny requests to conduct seismic in our waters.

When: April 21, 1 - 5 p.m.
Where: First at 2 Ocean Front N., Jacksonville, FL 32250, then to 9300 Baymeadows Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32256
Cost: Free

RSVP to the Center's Florida Director Jacki Lopez


Green Thumb Festival
April 25-26, 2015
St. Petersburg, Florida

Join the Center and other plant lovers at the Green Thumb Festival April 25 and 26, 2015. The event will feature environmental and horticultural exhibits and vendors, a grow-and-share program, adiagnostic soil- and water-sample clinic, a recycling rally, free mulch, a plant auction and much more. Our own Florida Director and Staff Attorney Jacki Lopez will be at the event to let St. Pete residents get up closee and personal with the Center.

When: April 25-26, 2015, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Walter Fuller Recreation Center, 7891 26th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Cost: Free

RSVP now.


“Shell No!” Protest: Seattle Draws the Line
April 26, 2015
Seattle, Washington

Shell Oil sees climate change as a gateway to new profits in the Arctic Ocean. This is exactly the type of long-term, dirty fossil fuels project — like oil trains and coal exports — that can’t go forward if we hope to stop the worst effects of climate change and leave a real legacy for future generations.

In January it became public that the Port of Seattle agreed to house Shell's Arctic drilling fleet this spring. But we're showing Shell it sure made a mistake by choosing Seattle as the home base for its Arctic destroyers. The company’s drilling equipment is on its way to Seattle right now, and it will sit in the Seattle Harbor as we'll gather as a community to say, "Shell No!" 

Speakers at the gathering will include Sundance Chief Rueben George, Annie Leonard of Greenpeace USA, and a star lineup of local climate justice speakers — including Jill Mangaliman of Got Green and Sarra Tekola of Divest UW. 

When: Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m.
Where: Myrtle Edwards Park, 3130 Alaskan Way

Learn more about our fight to stop Arctic drilling.


OR7 — The Journey:  Film Screening and Q&A (Northern California Premiere)
May 1, 2015
Arcata, California

The Center for Biological Diversity is pleased to announce a special screening and the Northern California premiere of OR-7 The Journey  at the Arcata Theater Lounge on Friday evening, May 1.  Afterward the film wolf advocates, including the Center’s wolf expert Amaroq Weiss, will conduct a Q&A session to discuss wolf recovery in California.

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.  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.

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. Residing just to the north of the California border, OR-7’s pups may consider our state part of their range, too.

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 view 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, in this event co-hosted by the Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Protection Information Center, Bird Ally X and the Northcoast Environmental Center.  We anticipate that the film will sell out quickly and recommend purchasing tickets in advance online.

When: Friday, May 1, 7 p.m.
Where: Arcata Theater Lounge, 1036 G Street, Arcata, CA
Cost: $10 (plus a small handling fee if purchased online)

Purchase tickets now.  Then learn more about the film and watch the trailer.

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


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