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Center for Biological Diversity Inc

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Causes: Animals, Biological & Life Sciences, Environment, Forest Conservation, Land Resources Conservation, Protection of Endangered Species

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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1076 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Scott Slocum

Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is a brave, scientific advocacy organization for wildlife and their wild habitats. Subscribe to their newsletter, and see the wild world--and its environmental crises, and the solutions that are being applied to them--open up before you. It's vital work, and it's done well by The Center for Biological Diversity.

Donor

Rating: 5

So, today the 6 year old grand-dau. says, "...Mimi, why do you like plants and animals so much?" as I look on their kitchen table at the flyer that her school's environmental club is going to Wild Basin on nature hike, bring lunch, etc...The sponsor says that she is the youngest in the club and the most engaged and organized. I am giving money for snacks. So, I say, " UUHHHHMMM, well my daddy was a farmer and mama was a gardener" as she wanders to the window filled with cuttings of scallions and some kind of Asian bamboo-looking plant that her dad will soon cook with.
My yard that she sees often is filled with plants from my mother's garden...day lilies that she hybridized, and strange little red cannas. She died in 1992, but still lives among the other plants from seeds that I "liberated" from various neighbors while walking with Jamie Brown, the brown lab, and my husband, who believes that to be a form of stealing. I, however, believe that the seeds parent's would be pleased if they could see them now.
Lately I built a fence(big fence out of cedar posts and goat wire) around bird feeders to keep new neighbor cat from killing the wild parrots originally from Argentina who now are in the yard daily with many occasional birds and the locals.... doves, grackles with one leg, squirrels who bury everything, including grapes.... My husband spends ridiculous dollars on wild bird seed, by the 100 pound sacks. He had to get a dolly so he would not hurt his back bringing the sacks into the house.
We live in a neighborhood that was little post-WWI cottages that are mostly McMansions now, except for us and a few others. We do not have a "manicured lawn" like a dentist office, but the morning glories, red cardinal climber, gourds, pumpkin, and other vines are getting to be exceptional.
So, I am happy to donate to like-minded, or actually, love-minded people. Keep up the fine work.
Mimi

Pete K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been a financial supporter of the Center for Biological Diversity for a long time, over ten years. They are passionate defenders of endangered species, very effective in winning court cases, and also very effective communicators. I'm very glad that they are joining with others in a broad effort to resist the Trump administration's vicious attacks on the environment, through the Trump Resistance Fund. Please donate!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is a highly effective advocate for endangered species and the environment, that works well with other environmental organizations and usually wins key lawsuits protecting endangered species. Their email action alerts are well worded and make it possible for many grass roots activists, including myself, to help defend endangered species.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I support several environmental organizations but none keep me engaged and involved like the Center for Biological Diversity. Whether it be local efforts or global marches, CBD is on top of what needs to be done and more importantly what I need to do for the Earth and her environs. And somehow they keep the work fun!

Peter E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

As a volunteer activist working to protect southern Arizona's last remaining intact desert river ecosystem, the San Pedro watershed, I can say from my experience that CBD is more willing to take on powerful interests than many environmental groups. While some groups are perpetually seeking compromises that often benefit the god of growth at the expense of wild areas, CBD understands the importance of protecting the last remaining habitat zones and wildlife corridors. This tends not to be a popular approach for maintaining an environmental organization these days, because there is a much smaller donor base in the more remote areas. Rather than mostly doing "safe" projects that attract big corporate donors and government grants, CBD is more willing to stick their neck out.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A top-tier team of tough, smart, literate, professional, courageous, passionate visionary warriors, working effectively on multiple high-priority environmental fronts.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a group that seems to be aware and "on top" of issues and events as they happen, AND THEY GET INVOLVED. They are real people who can even be contacted directly, and they reply back - VERY UNUSUAL for most organizations these days. If you are interested in wildlife, this is an EXCELLENT GROUP.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Global wildlife populations remain under siege and the illegal wildlife trade flourishes. We are losing species and habitat on almost every front. That's why I support Endangered Species International (ESI) and The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), both doing an incredible job. ESI is saving so many species and habitats on the ground where CBD does not operate like in the rainforest of Congo. CBD is doing a great job by protecting the endangered species act and making sure endangered species are included and can recover!

3 Alexandra S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Center for Biological Diversity Inc covers a wide range of topics and shows awesome videos.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is on it! They keep me informed about critical issues and make it easy for me to take action to change it. Additionally, it's easy to share links with Pinterest, FB and Twitter to get others involved as well. And they're also fun (Endangered Species Condoms, anyone?) and progressive. They do good work and are one of my favorites.

2 Lisa550

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful non-profit organization, dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and defense of all forms of life, and our planet, as a whole. I am very proud and honored to play a significant role in the success of its campaigns, etc., especially those that bring about much-needed change in the way that man treats its precious animals. Thank you to all the amazing people at the Center for Biological Diversity, for all that you do to ensure a better tomorrow for everyone and everything without a voice.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Center for Biological Diversity seems to be one of the most effective nonprofits for environmental protection.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Center for Biological Diversity provides me the very best information about recent activity of governments, non-profits and others who are either forwarding or retarding the health and diversity of our species. Its actions in court are important for combating irresponsible organizations in their rush to exterminate some of the most important creatures on the planet.

5 Memo T.

Donor

Rating: 5

I feel like by taking on small actions with them, I am helping make the world a better place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a member of the Center for Biological Diversity. They are here in Tucson and I have been able to volunteer at their headquarters. I have witnessed the devotion of staff members to working to protect both animals and plants that are under stress from Climate Change, habitat loss, dangerous chemicals, or other hazards. This is really important to me because so many environmental organizations specialize in one or two species. They are doing great things that will of course impact other plants and animals, but The Center is working across the entire wildlife spectrum. They use their legal skills and research talent to save so many. I am not wealthy but I give what I can and volunteer as needed to help the Center with their work. Barbara Cain

2 Duke B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I SO appreciate finding this non-profit! Because their efforts are targeted at everything wild, its efforts affect every life form on this planet.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Simply put, I can trust the Center for Biological Diversity to stand up for the earth and its precious non-human denizens, flora as well as fauna!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you are a lover of all creatures great and small and you wish to see knowledgeable, tough people throwing their heart and soul into protecting the earth, this is the organization for you. The Center for Biological Diversity constantly goes to bat in courtrooms across the world to protect threatened species--from big, charismatic mammals to tiny snails and delicate flowers. They are passionate and fearless!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity Inc. Is a non-profit organization that is in the trenches actively getting the job done. This nonprofit organization has lawyers and scientists on their team to speak up for the environment, the animals and our planet. I wholeheartedly support them and love the results of their hard work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

CBD has an outstanding Executive Director and smart, talented staff. They use the law to protect land and species, and they win. I have included the organization as a beneficiary on my retirement account.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is one badass environmental group. They're smart, dedicated, and determined. And they win.