Salmon and Steelhead are the fabric of the Northwest and need meaningful action… Sign Petition

Salmon and steelhead are the fabric of the Northwest and need meaningful action

Urge Congress to make a difference by directing funding where it matters

Dear Guardian,

On this day 22 years ago, struggling Chinook salmon and winter steelhead in Oregon’s Willamette River first received protection under the umbrella of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Their “threatened” status was alarming because population numbers were so low, but it also brought hope that swift action would soon turn the tide to protect these culturally beloved species and the river they depend on.

Today, these fish are still in peril. Multiple tall dams—operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers—stand in their way. These concrete walls combined with the Corps’ slow, disjointed, and disastrous response to ESA listing keep pushing the fish closer to extinction. The Corps wastes time and dollars deflecting their duty while life in the Willamette River fades further away.

This is why we turn to Congress. Our elected representatives can dictate action with legislation, but also by directing funding to where it matters. Over the next few weeks, we will spotlight an issue and ask you—Guardians members and supporters—to send an email urging members of Congress to use their power through appropriations (the annual funding allocation process) to make a difference. Your voice matters!

Whether you live in Oregon’s Willamette Valley or California’s Imperial Valley, ask Congress to fund ESA recovery activities that make a real difference for Chinook salmon and steelhead. ESA listing 22 years ago sounded the alarm and provided initial protections, but it’s now beyond time for the Corps to take meaningful action. Send an email today.

For thousands of years, Chinook salmon migrated from the ocean, spawning and dying in the streams of their birth, the nutrients held in their bodies feeding forests, wildlife, and people. We cannot allow the fabric of Northwest cultures and ecosystems to disintegrate in our time. Contact your members of Congress today.

For the Wild,

Jen Pelz, Wild Rivers Program Director and Rio Grande Waterkeeper

WildEarth Guardians protects and restores the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health of the American West.

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Petition · Virginia State Legislature: Ban Balloon Releases in Virginia · Change.org

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Balloons that are released into the air, both latex and foil, always return to land or water as harmful and potentially deadly litter. The current law in Virginia states that releasing up to 49 balloons is allowable but more than 50 is illegal. We must change this law in the 2021 General Assembly to ban all intentional balloon releases. 

The law in Virginia (§ 29.1-556.1. Release of certain balloons prohibited; civil penalty) currently states that ” It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly release or cause to be released into the atmosphere within a one-hour period fifty or more balloons which are (i) made of a nonbiodegradable or nonphotodegradable material or any material which requires more than five minutes’ contact with air or water to degrade and (ii) inflated with a substance which is lighter than air.” 

Research has shown that balloon-related litter is one of the most common types of litter on Virginia’s remote beaches. In many cases, more than 100 pieces of balloon related litter, including foil & latex balloons, plastic ribbons & attachments such as plastic discs and laminated notes, have been found on one mile of beach. 

Balloon litter is considered one of the most harmful types of litter to wildlife. Balloon litter not only harms marine animals, especially sea turtles, and shorebirds, but there are documented interactions with livestock, wild horses and inland species of wildlife as well.

We must change the Virginia law to ban all balloon releases, even so-called “biodegradable” balloons. The Balloon Council announced in August, 2018 that it no longer supports balloon releases. Cities and towns all over the country are banning balloon releases. If you are from Virginia, please sign this petition so that we can help to reduce this dangerous type of litter in our environment. 

Virginia residents: please be sure to share your location information when signing so we can show the Virginia representatives that Virginians want to see this law change. Thank you! 

Related articles: https://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/virginia/2015/07/06/virginia-marine-debris/29775191/

https://www.worldanimalfoundation.org/articles/article/8948431/182504.htm

https://www.thedodo.com/in-the-wild/balloons-hurt-animals-risks

Authorities confirm balloons caused Saddle Butte Fire

What Goes Up… Chesapeake Bay Magazine

Just how dangerous are balloons for the environment and wildlife? The Virginian Pilot

Hempstead (NY) Moving Toward Ban of Balloons Released Intentionally, CBS New York

Queen Anne’s County passes ban on releasing helium balloons, Baltimore Sun

https://www.change.org/p/virginia-state-legislature-ban-balloon-releases-in-virginia?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=22128086&grid_position=1&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAFqbDwEAAAAAX87HRqzbRTwwZWFmYTM4OA%3D%3D

Sign Petition: Thank This Wildlife Hero For Saving Yellowstone’s Grizzlies From Heartless Hunters!

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by: Eric Rardin
recipient: U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen

This awesome judge restored endangered species protections for grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park.

Add your name if you want to send him a powerful message of gratitude, for all the wonderful work he has done!

“A federal judge has restored Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears living around Yellowstone National Park.

“In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen said the federal government didn’t use the best available science when it removed the bears from the threatened-species list last year.

“The ruling puts a stop to proposed grizzly hunts in Wyoming and Idaho,” according to NPR.

“When you commit to recovering a species in the Lower 48 you should do that,” said Matthew Bishop, an environmental attorney representing WildEarth Guardians.

I agree 100%, and so did Judge Christensen.

“The Service cannot abuse its power to delist an already-protected species by balkanization,” he said.

“According to Wyoming Fish & Game, roughly 700 grizzly bears are thought to exist in the core of the 20 million-plus protected acres of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which includes Jackson Hole, Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks,” reported the Jackson Hole Traveler.

“Prior to the ruling, wildlife agencies in Wyoming and Idaho planned to let hunters kill up to 23 grizzlies during its first hunting season for the bears in three decades,” reported NPR.

But thanks to Judge Christensen, those bears still have a chance to live free and happy, in one of the most wild places in the United States.

Isn’t this judge a true life hero?

Don’t you want to send him a HUGE message of thanks, letting him know how much we appreciate all the work he’s doing?

Then add your name to be included when we send this petition to U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen, along with our deepest gratitude for the work he has done to protect endangered grizzlies and other precious animals!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/246/106/661/?TAP=2152

California Puts Freeze on New Uses of Bee-killing Pesticides

Center for Biological Diversity

For Immediate Release, January 4, 2018

Contact: Lori Ann Burd, (971) 717-6405, laburd@biologicaldiversity.org

California Puts Freeze on New Uses of Bee-killing Pesticides

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation has announced it will no longer consider any applications by pesticide companies that would expand use of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides in the state.

The announcement comes just two weeks after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began considering dramatically expanding use of the highly toxic neonicotinoid thiamethoxam on more than 165 million acres of farmland in the United States.

“California’s decision to halt further increases in harmful neonicotinoid pesticides is an important step toward reversing dangerous bee declines,” said Lori Ann Burd, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s environmental health program. “As the Trump EPA works to weaken protections for pollinators, it’s reassuring that California continues to follow a course of reason and science.”

California’s freeze on new neonicotinoid uses and products covers all new and pending applications and will be lifted once the agency finishes an ongoing evaluation of the pesticides. California’s evaluation, which is being done in conjunction with the U.S. EPA, has identified harms to pollinators, aquatic insects and birds from the use of neonicotinoids.

The state’s efforts to prevent expansion of harmful neonicotinoid pesticides stands in sharp contrast to the EPA’s decision last month to consider allowing the spraying of the highly toxic pesticide thiamethoxam on tens of millions of acres of wheat, barley, corn, sorghum, alfalfa, rice and potatoes.

On the same day it began considering approving broader use of thiamethoxam, the EPA released multiple scientific assessments that found commonly used neonicotinoid pesticides can kill and harm birds of all sizes.

The EPA analysis found that if neonic-treated seeds make up just 1 percent to 6 percent of a bird’s diet, serious harms could result.

Early last year the EPA changed from mandatory to voluntary a common-sense rule that would have placed limited restrictions on neonics when commercial honeybees were present in fields.

Neonicotinoids are a class of pesticides known to have both acute and chronic effects on honeybees, birds, butterflies and other pollinator species, and they are a major factor in overall pollinator declines. These systemic insecticides cause entire plants, including pollen and fruit, to become toxic to pollinators; they are also slow to break down and therefore build up in the environment.

A large and growing body of independent science links neonicotinoids to catastrophic bee declines. Twenty-nine independent scientists who conducted a global review of more than 1,000 independent studies on neonicotinoids found overwhelming evidence linking the pesticides to declines in populations of bees, birds, earthworms, butterflies and other wildlife.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.6 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2018/pesticides-01-04-2018.php/?utm_source=eeo&utm_medium=email

Petition: Don’t Let Congress Gut The Endangered Species Act – NRDC


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Monarch Butterfly Population Drops 80 Percent Since Mid-1990s | Global Justice Ecology Project


WASHINGTON— The annual overwintering count of monarch butterflies released last week confirms butterfly numbers fell by nearly one-third from last year’s count, indicating an ongoing risk of extinction for America’s most well-known butterfly. Scientists report that this year’s population is down by 27 percent from last year’s count, and down by more than 80 percent from the mid-1990s. This year’s drastic decline is attributed in part to more extreme winter storms that killed millions of monarchs last March in Mexico’s mountain forests, where 99 percent of the world’s monarchs migrate for the winter.
“The monarch butterfly is still in really big trouble and still needs really big help if we’re going to save this beloved orange-and-black wonder for future generations,” said Tierra Curry, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity.

A recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey concluded that there is a substantial probability that monarch butterflies east of the Rockies could decline to such low levels that they face extinction. Researchers estimate the probability that the monarch migration could collapse within the next 20 years is between 11 percent and 57 percent.
“In addition to threats from more frequent and harsher weather events, monarchs are still severely jeopardized by the ever-increasing pesticides used with genetically-engineered crops, destroying their habitat,” said George Kimbrell, senior attorney at the Center for Food Safety. “We will continue to do everything we can to ensure monarchs have a future.”

The butterfly’s dramatic decline has been driven in large part by the widespread planting of genetically engineered crops. The vast majority of U.S. corn and soybeans are genetically engineered for resistance to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, a potent killer of milkweed, the monarch caterpillar’s only food. The dramatic surge in the use of Roundup and other herbicides with the same active ingredient (glyphosate) on Roundup Ready crops has virtually wiped out milkweed plants in the Midwest’s corn and soybean fields.

In the past 20 years, scientists estimate, these once-common, iconic orange-and-black butterflies may have lost more than 165 million acres of habitat — an area about the size of Texas — including nearly a third of their summer breeding grounds. Logging on the monarch’s Mexican wintering grounds is also an ongoing concern. Scientists have also identified threats to the monarch during the fall migration including lack of nectaring habitat and insecticides.

Background
Found throughout the United States during summer months, most monarchs from east of the Rockies winter in the mountains of central Mexico, where they form tight clusters on trees. Scientists from World Wildlife Fund Mexico estimate the population size by counting the number of hectares of trees covered by monarchs. Monarchs need a very large population size to be resilient to threats from severe weather events, pesticides, climate change, disease and predation. A single winter storm in 2002 killed an estimated 500 million monarchs, roughly five times the size of the current population.

Concerns over the extinction risk of the monarch led the Center for Biological Diversity, the Center for Food Safety, the Xerces Society and renowned monarch scientist Dr. Lincoln Brower to petition the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2014 to protect the butterfly as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The Service is now conducting a review of its status and must decide on protection by 2019. In Canada, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife has recommended that the Canadian government list the monarch as an endangered species. Monarch butterfly migration is now recognized as a “threatened process” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

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Petition · Don’t make bears and mountain lions pay for human overdevelopment · Change.org


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Save Cheetahs From Imminent Extinction

The mass extinction of cheetahs has gone unnoticed for far too long, and now animal conservation activists are asking that this species be added to the list of endangered animals. Sign this petition to demand that cheetahs are added to the endangered species list so that they can receive additional protections.

Source: Save Cheetahs From Imminent Extinction

Protect Endangered Orcas from Big Oil

The last remaining orcas in a pristine ocean habitat could be killed off soon by a pipeline expansion. The pipeline would make the orca habitat unlivable and increase the risks of an oil spill. Sign this petition to ask Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau to oppose this project and save these majestic creatures.

Source: Protect Endangered Orcas from Big Oil

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Aerial Spraying Kills Millions of Bees in South Carolina | Global Justice Ecology Project


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Petition · Stop Euthanizing Harmless Coyotes · Change.org


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petition: Indonesia: Protect Endangered Orangutans and the Leuser Ecosystem

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