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Help Us End Cyanide Bombs Now
The Center for Biological Diversity led more than 70 groups in petitioning the U.S. Department of the Interior to stop the use of M-44s — aka “cyanide bombs” — on lands overseen by the Bureau of Land Management.
M-44s are small metal cylinders that lure foxes, coyotes and other species with a sweet scent before shooting them with deadly poison and subjecting the animals to a slow, painful death. And they don’t just kill those they’re meant to kill. In 2022 alone, M-44s killed 6,000 animals — at least 150 accidentally.
Given how easily these cruel devices poison wildlife, pets and people, it’s no surprise the public overwhelmingly agrees we should ban them.
Tell BLM to ban M-44s now.
Honor Tribes and Speak Up for the Grand Canyon
The Biden administration just announced a meeting in Flagstaff this coming Tuesday to solicit public feedback on the proposed Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument, a historic, Tribally led proposal to protect the Grand Canyon region from uranium mining. This is our one chance to pack the meeting with supporters and ensure federal officials understand the local community strongly supports this proposal.
This region is both spectacular and sacred. It encompasses the centuries-old cultural landscapes of many Indigenous tribes as well as provides habitat to California condors, Mexican spotted owls, and other endangered species.
Join us on Tuesday to add your voice in support of this important proposal. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.
Mountain Valley Pipeline Halted, Again
Thanks to legal action by the Center and allies, on Tuesday a federal court once again halted construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline while lawsuits move forward. The 304-mile pipeline would slash through the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia, threatening imperiled fish like candy darters and Roanoke logperch. But federal agencies are trying to allow it without properly studying its environmental harms.
“The court stepped up to protect imperiled wildlife and sensitive streams from a disastrous project that should never be built,” said Center lawyer Jared Margolis.
Your Last Week to Help Old Forests Nationwide
Mature and old-growth forests fight climate change, shelter a vast diversity of species — from salamanders to owls — and protect drinking water for millions of people.
Across the country these forests are on the chopping block. As the Center’s Will Harlan writes in this new piece, the U.S. Forest Service wants to log the last few ancient forests left on public land. But until July 20, the agency is taking your input on a rule to protect them.
Tell the Forest Service to create the powerful, lasting rule these climate bastions deserve.
Suit Filed to Protect Nevada Pupfish From Drilling
The Center and allies just sued the Bureau of Land Management to stop dangerous drilling near Nevada’s Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, a lush oasis in the Mojave Desert that’s home to 25 species found nowhere else.
Looking for lithium, a mining company wants to drill 30 deep holes on public land just north of Ash Meadows. Drilling could happen less than 2,000 feet from critical habitat for Ash Meadows Amargosa pupfish and other endangered species — all in a step toward even more destructive lithium mining in Nevada.
Ash Meadows is an irreplaceable treasure. Our lawsuit calls on the BLM to pause the drilling, invite public input, and do a thorough environmental review.
New Books Help Kids Save Life on Earth
If you have kids or spend time with them, you don’t want to miss six new children’s books by the Center’s Population and Sustainability Director Stephanie Feldstein. The Take Action: Save Life on Earth series helps young people learn about the extinction crisis and how they can save wildlife, zooming in on six subjects: pollinators, carnivores, amphibians, birds, native plants, and the ocean.
Preorder them now and ask your local library or school to add them to their shelves.
That’s Wild: Rare Eel Gulps Itself Into Glory
From a submersible off the coast of Costa Rica about 6,900 feet down, a very hard-to-find gulper eel — also called a pelican eel — has been caught on beautiful video with their body massively distended by a recent meal. The area they live in, called the Dorado Outcrop, is also home to recently discovered, extremely rare octopus nurseries.
Watch the captivating footage of the gulper eel on YouTube, Facebook or Twitter, and check out a mashup of deep-sea Dorado greatest hits.
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Photo credits: Coyote by Joshua Wilking/Unsplash; Marble Canyon by Jim Dublinski; Roanoke logperch courtesy Conservation Fisheries Inc., candy darter by Todd Crail/University of Toledo; old-growth tree in North Carolina by Will Harlan/Center for Biological Diversity; Fairbanks Spring and spring loving centaury flower by Patrick Donnelly/Center for Biological Diversity, Ash Meadows Amargosa pupfish courtesy USFWS; elephants in Botswana by Jeremy T. Hetzel/Flickr; kids books by Cherry Lake Press; gulper eel still from video courtesy Schmidt Ocean Institute.
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