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900,000 Voices Demand Continued Wolf Protections

Wow. We just delivered nearly a million comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service opposing Trump's plan to end federal protections for almost all gray wolves in the lower 48.

This is the most comments the feds have ever received on an Endangered Species Act issue in the law's 45-year history. They include 35,000 handwritten notes delivered in person to the Interior Department in Washington, D.C. The Center for Biological Diversity says thank you to everyone who submitted a comment, shared a social post about our wolf campaigns, canvassed their neighborhood for comments, or in any other way raised their voice for the voiceless.

And we're not done yet. At the last minute the Interior Department extended its comment deadline to July 15, so we and our allies have a new goal: 1.5 million voices raised for wolves.

Learn how you can help in our upcoming call. And consider supporting our campaign to save wolves with a donation to our Predator Defense Fund.

Big Sandy crayfish

Suit Launched to Save Species From Appalachia Coal Mining

The Center and partners have launched a lawsuit against federal agencies and the state of West Virginia for failing to protect endangered species from coal mining.

Documents obtained by the Center show that state officials appealed to the Trump administration for ways to bypass protections for the Big Sandy and Guyandotte River crayfishes — all to appease the coal industry.

"The Trump administration is putting coal-industry profits ahead of people and wildlife in Appalachia whose health is threatened daily by pollution," said Tierra Curry, a senior scientist at the Center. "So we're relying on the courts to protect endangered animals and the creeks where they live."

Read more in The Washington Post.

Take Action: Cheetahs and Rhinos Aren't Trophies

Cheetahs

Fewer than 10,000 cheetahs and 5,000 black rhinos exist today in Africa's wild, yet U.S. hunters still gun down these majestic animals in hopes of bringing them home as trophies.

Let's not give these killers of endangered wildlife the sick pleasure of showcasing their victims' bodies.

Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to deny the permits needed to import a critically endangered black rhino shot in May 2018 and an endangered cheetah killed in 2016.

Woman reading

The 13 Best Environmental Books of the Month

Did you know that The Revelator publishes a monthly roundup of the best environmentally themed books? It's a great resource for nature lovers, activists and policymakers. The list for this month is here: a baker's dozen of books on topics that include a pioneering conservationist, the history of water woes in California, the dirty legacy (and future) of coal, and the psychology of climate change.

Check it out and subscribe to The Revelator's weekly newsletter.

Ancient California Redwoods Spared — For Now

Richardson Grove State Park

We've just scored a major win for the massive old-growth redwood trees of Richardson Grove State Park in Northern California. A federal judge has blocked a plan to plow through the park and pave over the roots of 300-foot-tall ancient redwoods to widen a stretch of U.S. Highway 101. The Center and allies have been challenging this project since 2007.

"We're elated that the court rejected Caltrans' misguided and deeply destructive plan," said Center cofounder Peter Galvin.

Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Firefly

Urgent Safeguards Sought for Near-Extinct Firefly

The Center and allies just filed an emergency petition requesting Endangered Species Act protections for the Bethany Beach firefly, an insect on the brink of blinking out forever.

The rare firefly has been documented at only seven sites along the Delaware coast. It's under dire threat from urbanization, light pollution, habitat fragmentation, pesticides, storm surges and sea-level rise. And now the wetland area home to the firefly's largest remaining population is being developed.

"Without immediate protections, the magical green flashes known to generations of children will be snuffed out forever," said the Center's Dr. Tara Cornelisse.

Read more in The Washington Post and learn more about fireflies at our website.

House Dems Offer Helping Hand to Waiting Wildlife

Wolverine

Great news: House Democrats have acted to help ease the administrative backlog of 500 plants and animals awaiting decisions on Endangered Species Act protection.

On Tuesday the House released a funding bill including $23.4 million for this lifesaving work. "Chairwomen Lowey and McCollum deserve enormous credit for recognizing the severity of the extinction crisis and doing something about it," said Brett Hartl, the Center's government affairs director.

Read more in our press release.

San Joaquin kit foxes

Trump Expands California Oil and Gas Drilling

Trump's Bureau of Land Management just proposed new oil and gas drilling on 725,000 acres of public lands across California's Central Coast and the Bay Area. This is the first step toward ending a 5-year ban in the state on leasing federal lands to oil companies — terrible news for the climate and a long list of imperiled species, including California condors and San Joaquin kit foxes.

"From Monterey to the Bay Area, the president wants to let oil companies drill and spill their way across our beloved public lands and wildlife habitat," said Center lawyer Clare Lakewood.

Read more in The Sacramento Bee.

Show Your Love for Wolves With Our New T-shirt

New Center T-shirts

Show your support for the Center's campaign to save wolves from coast to coast by wearing one of our new shirts.

Printed in water-based ink on organic cotton, our wolf T-shirt is a great conversation starter. It'll give you opportunities to talk with others about wolf conservation and the Center's role in saving wolves. Unisex and women's sizes are available. Tees are $15 each and shipping is free.

Get wolf tees and other Center merch at our online store.

Blue morpho butterfly

Wild & Weird: Zoom (Way) Into This Butterfly Wing

The wings of blue morpho butterflies are a vivid, iridescent blue. But get this — they actually contain absolutely no blue pigment.

Morphos achieve that bright blue color in a way that's structural rather than chemical: Their wings are covered in tiny scales that have ridges, ribs and other features that play with the physics of light at the nanoscale. Diffracted light waves interfere with each other, canceling out certain color wavelengths to reflect brilliant blues.

Admire the brilliance of morpho butterflies in our new video on Facebook or YouTube.

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Photo credits: Gray wolf by Lou Gold/Flickr; Big Sandy crayfish courtesy USFWS; cheetahs by Ed Yourdon/Flickr; woman reading from Pixabay; Richardson Grove State Park by Thomas Hawk/Flickr; firefly by @yb_woodstock/Flickr; wolverine by William F. Wood/Wikimedia; San Joaquin kit foxes courtesy USFWS; T-shirt courtesy Center for Biological Diversity; blue morpho butterfly by jjjj56cp/Flickr.


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