Center For Biological Diversity Inc

Rating: 4.86 stars   893 reviews

Issues: Animals, Environment

Location: 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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 27-3943866
(520) 623.5252
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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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2013

 
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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.

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2013

 
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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.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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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.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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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.

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I don't have any changes to suggest.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

When I was writing my policy paper on endangered species for the Animals and Society Institute, I found the Center for Biological Diversity a valuable resource. For depth of information and shrewd choices in strategy, I think CBD is priceless.

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2012

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

Egotistical and lacking in professional cooperation.

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

Let them understand that they are not the center of the universe.

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No

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2013

 
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Horrible organization. Rather than put their feet on the ground protecting the environment and cleaning up their own backyards they spend all their time hiring lawyers, using government funds through the Equal Access to Justice Act to sue the government over species. The government usually settles with them and just gives them money and their way regardless the destruction to private citizens without access to this kind of cushy deal. They put hundreds of thousands of people out of business each year. Do they protect species and environment no, they enrich themselves and their organization.

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Badly

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Life-changing

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No

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2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Over the last 5 years that I have followed the Centre for Biological Diversity, I have been most impressed with how seriously it does its research, how well it communicates with interested parties and how successful it has been in defending difficult causes. Whenever I can afford it, this is one of the first causes I financially contribute to.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

 
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I have been working in biodiversity conservation for nearly 25 years working in natural history museums and with the global conservation community -- and before that workeing for the US Dept of the Interior and the US Forest Service. CBD is exceptional in the scope, focus and effectiveness of their efforts. It is not clear to me who could possibly fill their role -- both as public-educators and as litigators -- were they not active. One recent example has been their focus on the re-entry of jaguars into the SW U.S. -- they have carefully monitored the (too) rare instances of jaguar sightings -- the malfeasance of the Arizona Game & Fish Dept in killing a jaguar in Arizona -- and have been preparing the way for possible protection of jaguars in Arizona and New Mexico by carefully considering the requirements for protection... Thank you CBD for this and your many many other efforts!

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Great work and great job in saving endangered frogs in the United States! Keep up the good work we need you!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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