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CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY INC
November 12, 2012

I joined the Center for Biological Diversity years ago, and while my membership has expanded to many other environmental groups as well, my contributions to this group have increased! They are unique in that they battle the issues legally, lawsuit after lawsuit, to protect land, water, air, climate, species and ecosystems. Their financial record is impeccable, so giving to them is giving to the causes, effectively. They are smart folks, choosing issues that matter to the sustainability of our planet, based in hard science. I am so proud of the Center. Their website is excellent, educating me on issues and their actions. When I vacationed in New Mexico last winter, I was appalled at the effort to eradicate the few remaining wolves, vowing never to return to that state, and saw first hand what the Center is up against when they fight to protect a rare and endangered species. I love so many environmental groups t is hard to choose only one, but if one deserves an A+, is the the Center for Biological Diversity. Tia, a member from Maine.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

Center for Wildlife, Inc.
February 14, 2011

There is a very special place here in Southern Maine, the Center for Wildlife. With a humble existence, they take in and treat hundreds of animals that literally have no where else to go, as no other rehabilitation facility exists for our special wildlife. And somehow, as our local human population has expanded, so has the Center's work. There is a small committed team who run this place, but they also rely greatly on rotating volunteers. As the Internship Director and adjunct faculty for a local university, I have sent many students to the Center to complete their internship, and every one of them has had an extraordinary experience. Not only does the Center help imperiled wildlife, they serve the educational community, and the public at large. They teach interns and volunteers who then become wildlife stewards and educators themselves. Further, the Center for Wildlife reaches into the community to teach. Many times they have come to my environmental studies classrooms as guest speakers, and have provided thoughtful, and thought provoking lessons on co-existing with wildlife. I have come to rely on the Center for Wildlife, they are a unique place for the rehabilitation of diverse animals from owls and hawks to snakes and turtles, and a center for the education of our academic and at-large community.

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

Every student has had an extraordinary learning experience.

Ways to make it better...

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

Encourage them to build another facility in Cumberland county.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I sent students to intern there. .

BUFFALO FIELD CAMPAIGN
November 29, 2010

BFC has single-handedly brought one of the most important species-related issues to the public's attention - the annual hazing and slaughter of the last genetically pure, free roaming American buffalo herd. Not only is the federal and state governments stressing, maiming, killing, and moving these animals, but they are doing it with tax payer dollars. All the while many Americans may think that the government is protecting these species, when in fact they are not. They are also lying, saying that bison will transmit disease, yet this has never happened, but all the while, every year, they kill our wild bison. Yellowstone National Park is a refuge for the bison, but migrating animals such as the bison follow natural patterns of food supply and birthing areas, not political boundaries. YNP is too high in elevation to supply bison with enough food year-round, and has boundaries that do not take into consideration wildlife migration patterns, and so the bison migrate out of the park. During these times the government stampedes in with helicopters, horses and ATV's, forcing the bison to run for many, many miles. Calves die, legs break, animals drown, exhaustion sets in, laws are broken... Why? To invest in the cattle industry so that private cattle can graze on public land - our land - wildlife's land. Why, still today, are we "paying" private companies by giving them our public lands and our tax subsidies, to have their cattle overgraze and ruin these lands? The land gets tramped and this kills native grasses; without the grasses many species die out (snakes, rabbits, birds of prey, etc). Without the diversity of wildlife, plant species suffer, further reducing biodiversity of our public lands. Overgrazing causes erosion and topsoil depletion and pollutes waterways. Need I go on? Other wildlife are poisoned and killed, gophers, coyotes, wolves, and others are killed. PROTECT bison, protect OUR land, or corporations will simply take it over, overuse and deplete the natural resources and wildlife, keep the profits, and let us flip the bills, leaving us with barren lands. We all must invest in our private lands, no one will do this for us. There are only a handful of wild bison left; an American icon - a species that helps restore native prairies and meadows, a graceful animal you should see free roaming on our public lands. Help BFC help the bison - they are the only organization committed to this effort!

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

Yellowstone National Park.

Ways to make it better...

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

like to see them included in all YNP published stories as a guardian of wildlife and wild places.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I worked to educate the public about protecting our public lands.