Center For Biological Diversity Inc

Rating: 4.87 stars   986 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Environment

Address:

PO Box 710 Tucson AZ 85702 USA

Mission:

At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature;to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive.We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.

Results:

According to the LA Weekly, we're "pound for pound, dollar for dollar, the most effective conservation organization in the country."

Programs:

Climate Law Institute, Endangered Species, Oceans, Public Lands, Urban Wildlands

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(520) 623.5252
www.biologicaldiversity.org

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

My career has been in research to conserve the nation's natural resources, so I know what is needed to do so. The Center for Biological Diversity is a highly effective NGO that does what it takes to protect vulnerable wild animals and plants and their required habitat. So effective my congressman once stated that this organization is his greatest nemesis in promoting logging and other development on public lands. The CBD holds quarterly phone briefings on their progress and listens to what members have to say. I have made this .org the principal beneficiary of my estate because of their work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Be more open in explaining the rationale of other parties (particularly government agencies) in lawsuits filed

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

This request for a review comes at an interesting moment for me. I am a professional in the sense that I am a writer and teacher who is devoted to earth based consciousness. http://deenametzger.net. And so always attuned to what we might really do and become on behalf of restoring creation before the earth and all its beings are doomed by human activity. [Perhaps also known in a small way as an elephant whisperer.] Last week, before a workshop back east, i began thinking about the Center, your newsletter and activities, and noticing how much attention I pay when i see Karen Suckling's name and so I decided to go on line and see who you each are. I was deeply taken by the list of younger, for the most part, passionate, devoted, skilled, ethical human beings working in individual ways on behalf of the earth. i am grateful for your devotion to the large and the small,. Your sense of connection to the local particular as well as global need. Though I am not financially able to support you in the ways I wish i could, or rather support the work in the ways I would if i had the means, i do feel that we are in profound alliance. My hope is that our gifts and mandates will find ways to collaborate on behalf of the future and all beings. Deena Metzger

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I would like to thank the important efforts by the Center for Biological Diversity particularly with raising concerns about the antiquated and outdated slaughter practices of the Wildlife Service, fighting for numerous species protections from corporate and developing interests and the pawns within government itself and lastly the most challenging of issues - the human population explosion!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Call it Wildlife Services and replace it as a government agency!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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I am deeply impressed by the Center for Biological Diversity's excellent, dedicated environmental work. As an environmental advocacy organization, it educates about a diverse variety of issues, offers expert advice on ways to reduce negative impact on the earth and action alerts, and firsthand experiences from the front lines of environmental crusading. I highly recommend supporting this organization.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The Center For Biological Diversity is at the forefront of any major issue affecting our wildlife or environment. If you sincerely care about animals, the environment, conservation, and all things
inter-related, than the Center For Biological Diversity is your best source of knowledge.

They are definitely on top of their game and any breaking news or important issues, is immediately
addressed and dispersed to members. Why is this so important? Because the faster we are informed
of issues, the quicker we respond and it vastly increases our ability to resolve them.

If you really care about our environment and wildlife and have a thirst for knowledge, then you have to
be a part of the Center For Biological Diversity. They are simply the best.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No need for changes, the Center For Biological Diversity is at the top of their game.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a Biology professor I have admired the work of the Center for Biological Diversity since I learned about them several years ago. They are down in the trenches doing the hard legal work that needs to be done to protect our environment. They also do a great job of getting the word out as to what the problems are and how you can help. Their recent landmark victory to speed up the evaluation of hundreds of candidate endangered species that had been lying in administrative limbo for decades was just one of their important victories. I strongly support the work they do and wish I could do more.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Not only are they doing great work but their emails to the general public are very helpful, encouraging and informative.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

My recent experience with this group was very troubling. They seemed more interested in having petitions accepted than protecting the environment. When invited to help protect fish "on the ground", our local community was told that the CBD had "no responsibility" to act at the local level. I personally found their local rep to be rude, vulgar, and very unprofessional. Local environmental groups have distanced themselves from them now and they have few local allies. My personal opinion is that this group is more of a lawsuit factory than a protector of the environment. I hope this changes in the future, as those of us interested in protecting the environment rather than making headlines could use all the help we can get.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Allocate more resources to habitat restoration and less resources to attorneys.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Many nonprofits are fighting for the big famous species: the whales, lions, tigers, wolves, elephants, rhinos, and so on. Very few conservation groups give such a high profile and spend so many of their scarce resources on the little guys, the rodents and reptiles and amphibians and fish and invertebrates and plants. Every time I receive an e-mail from the Center for Biological Diversity, I read about their fights on behalf of critters like the Indiana Bat, Smallnose Shiner, Jollyville Plateau Salamander, Lange's Metalmark, Phantom Springsnail, Fuzzy Pigtoe, Pecos Amphipod, Obey Crayfish, Fickelson Plains Cactus, Coleman's Coralroot... The list goes on through hundreds of species! As a biologist who studies and has taught biodiversity, I greatly appreciate the fact that this group is pushing to conserve species that even I have not heard of before, and that most US citizens have no clue exist.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Tone down their rhetoric a bit. Their fundraising appeals sometimes stretch the facts beyond what is really conclusive, in terms of the threats to certain species, in order to make the issues seem more urgent and deserving of support. The threats are urgent enough on their own; they do not need any hyperbole to magnify their imminence.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

After twelve years of daily online activism working through numerous organizations, I have to say that The Center For Biological Diversity ranks at the top. Having worked as a journalist covering environmental conservation and having followed these issues closely for decades, I find the Center to be ultra-professional in its work, decision making and communications. I also appreciate their well-designed and reliable website. The organization is clearly staffed by intelligent, capable and knowledgeable individuals. Even the Center's choice of focus, the extinction crisis, demonstrates intelligence: the extinction of creatures is a very tangible barometer of the degree that humans have overstepped the boundaries of the natural world, one that people can easily grasp and relate to. I would recommend involvement with the Center to anyone who is concerned about the environment.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

After eleven years of daily online activism I have to say that the Center for Biological Diversity is my favorite environmental non-profit. Everything they do is highly professional, from their various campaigns to their website and emails. They've never bombarded me with endless requests for donations and I know I can trust them to have their facts and figures right.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center for Biological Diversity doesn't compromise itself by taking donations from polluters like many other environmental organizations do. They are an on-the-ball organization doing great work at both the legal and practical levels in species preservation and fighting pollution whose newsletter and web site are top-notch.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing its many legal victories.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't have any changes to suggest.

 
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