Defenders Of Wildlife

Rating: 3.43 stars   42 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 1130 17th St Nw Washington DC 20036 USA

Mission: Defenders of Wildlife is a solution-oriented organization dedicated to saving rare animals and plants, conserving habitat, and building a broad constituency for protecting wildlife and wild places. We harness the skills and expertise of more than 100 scientists, wildlife specialists, educators, activists, economists, and attorneys to work in the halls of Congress, state legislatures, the courts, local communities, and more than a dozen offices in North America. We develop and encourage conservation of entire ecosystems and interconnected habitats while protecting predators that serve as indicator species for ecosystem health. Through this multi-pronged approach of education, advocacy, research and litigation, we specifically work to protect native animals and plants, restore and preserve habitat, and advocate for conservation legislation.
Geographic areas served: North America
Programs: Defenders of Wildlife's operating programs include: (1) Species Conservation, including restoration/protection of wolves and bears in their natural habitat and wild bird conservation; (2) Legal actions and Endangered Species Act reauthorization; (3) Habitat Conservation, including the Habitat for Bears Campaign, Alaska wolf protection and forestry issues; and (4) Oregon Biodiversity Project, a state conservation effort through public education and joint activism joined with the development of technological instruments to survey state biodiversity.
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EIN 53-0183181
202-682-9400
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Rating: 5 stars  

I just had the privilege of attending Defenders of Wildlife's three-day, educational and informative workshop in Yellowstone. The experience far exceeded my expectations, from the accommodation, lectures, wolf viewings, meals, outings, professionalism, etc. The planning was meticulous, making for an extraordinary experience. The entire staff was engaged, personable, dedicated, professional and passionate about their work. Participants learned so much about what Defenders does for many animals, including wolves, bears, sharks, prairie dogs and orcas. They are at the forefront of tackling the unrelenting onslaught of daily challenges to wildlife, including those generated in Congress. They are staunch defenders of the Endangered Species Act, which Congress is doing its best to whittle away at.

This is an impressive organization with impressive leadership and vision.Defenders' decisions are based on the best available science, instead of just idealism, and they strive to create solutions instead of just identifying problems. You can feel at ease knowing that your donation is being wisely used for the betterment of the wildlife and natural world you value. It is a relief to know that Defenders is working to ensure that the wonderful, wild creatures we all cherish will be here for future generations to marvel at.

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not do a thing. They are on the right track with employing educated, science-oriented, committed staff and act as watchdogs for our wild heritage.

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I have known the President at Defenders of Wildlife for several years, and have been a monthly giver, as well as making a larger annual contribution for some time. Defenders is an organization that is efficiently run, has powerhouse leaders and program staff, and is making a demonstrated difference on behalf of wildlife. I feel very comfortable investing my money in support of the work they do, both in Washington DC and around the country. The reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone is a milestone in recent conservation victories and was due in large part to Defenders of Wildlife. I was very happy to see them work with tribal nations to reintroduce bison onto Native American lands, and to see the American West take another step toward a balanced ecosystem. Recently, I've followed their work to ensure that the Endangered Species Act is upheld, and have been impressed with their access to key decision-makers in Washington DC to try and defeat many misguided attempts by Congress to strip protection from our Nation's wildlife. I hope they continue to do good work, and I will continue to support their efforts.

 
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I believe in their cause and their good reputation of using the majority of funds for direct cause instead of administration and salaries.

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I love wolves and want to help protect them. The work they do on behalf of wolves and other wildlife is very important and they are relentless in the face of heavy opposition.

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Defenders is one of the most effective animal rights and environmental organizations.

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I'm thankful there's a group like Defenders to help all the animals that can't help themselves.

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I count on Defenders to do the work I, as an individual, cannot do alone.

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I have designated Defenders as a beneficiary in my IRA because it remains focused and committed to saving wolves and other species and the habitats they need to survive.

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I have been a member since I was 17, and I am happy to leave my Roth IRA to Defenders of Wildlife to care for wolves and other at-risk species after I am gone.

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I support Defenders of Wildlife and have included them in my will because I believe they have the foresight to do what is necessary to protect our wildlife and preserve our heritage.

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