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Center for Biological Diversity Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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, Population and Sustainability, International, Environmental Health

Community Stories

1208 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

"Center for Biological Diversity" works tirelessly to fight for the protection of endangered and the environments they depend on to survive!
Via their regular newsletters, I can keep up to date on their various campaigns, and celebrate the many victories won for fellow inhabitants of our home!

1 Mark148

Donor

Rating: 5

The biodiversity crisis is the greatest deathward movement of our age, existentially surpassing even the climate crisis. I am very encouraged by the Center for Biological Diversity's passionate involvement in learning about challenges to species' survival, in publicizing what they've learned, and in finding ways for themselves and allied activists to take action in the face of those challenges. The news items they share are always interesting, sometimes depressing -- for it's good, healthful and responsible for us to know the worst -- , but sometimes also uplifting and enjoyable. Hopefully more people will come to appreciate them and their work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity have kept me well informed about the situations and plights of very many wildlife species, from many different groups, so I have great admiration for them as educators. I am especially interested in wolves, because of their very long and ongoing history of being cruelly and irrationally persecuted in this country, and therefore I appreciate the information about wolves that the Center provide, as well of course as all the activism that the Center are engaged in, on behalf of wolves and of many other kinds of animals too.

Donor

Rating: 5

No organization does more to protect our Mother Earth. Please, everyone support the Center in all of the good work it does and information that it disseminates to all of us.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity actually DOES something to protect our planet!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a conservationist for half a century or so... I still have my emblematic "patch" from the original Earth Day in 1972. Though not a lawyer myself, I was present at the birth of Conservation Law, and personally knew David Sive, John Hamilton Adams, and other lawyers who initiated this. I remember the photo of David Sive on the front page of the Sunday NY Times, in the early 70s, in a report on the first major environmental law test before the U.S. Supreme Court -- a suit endeavoring to protect sea otters off Alaska from practice shelling by the U.S. Navy.... I have the highest opinion of the Center for Biological Diversity. BRAVO!

John389

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Can't get better information about the environment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an online activist for this organization for several years. For decades they've been one of the most reliable advocates for endangered species, mostly through legal and policy work. While this very important strategy continues, I love that they have expanded their strategies to include raising awareness of some of the broader threats to endangered species, such as gender inequality and its impact on unsustainable population growth; over-consumption, including food waste, our animal product-centered diets and the meat, dairy, egg and fishing industry's irresponsible practices, and our fossil fuel-based economy. Many large groups don't address some of these more controversial issues but since they are some of the biggest drivers of extinction and habitat loss, they must be addressed in more visible ways. I also love that the CBD team advocates for endangered species because protecting them is the smart thing to do for our environment AND because it's the right thing to do for the wild animals themselves. Not all groups have such a strong ethic towards animals. They produce great e-newsletters and whenever CBD has an online call to action, I get involved. Please support this organization with donations and your activism.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent communication with members; up-to-date alerts; willing to go to court if necessary to protect the natural world.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My husband and I manage a remote, biological field station about an hour n.w. of Prescott, AZ. The Walnut Creek Center for Education and Research has projects focused on climate studies, education at all levels and a passion for the earth that mirrors the passion that the CBD exhibits on a daily basis. We have been supporting it's efforts since it's inception,( mostly emotionally, since we're on a shoestring budget for survival), still, the work that CBD has done and the amazing accomplishments are worthy of headline news. And, yes, the Center has exceeded our expectations in the actual work and saving of critical habitats for endangered species. As environmental organizations go, it is truly one of the very best on the planet for walking the talk, and making good things happen. Rock on CBD!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Highly active, very strong advocacy on a broad spectrum of environmental conservation issues. Can be counted on to do the right thing, take on controversial issues in the right way. Responsive to expert input, follows up. Gives some comfort that the right fight will go on, and often will prevail.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm not sure if anything more can be said about the stellar work the Center for Biological Diversity is engaged in. There are a lot of groups out there who collect a lot of money for online petitions or advertising, with opaque management and questionable results. I see the Center on the ground taking legal action, bringing gains for our collective future that we can be proud of. I chose to become a quarterly donor so that they can continue their amazing work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Of all the non-profits I have donated to or worked with, I rate the Center for Biological Diversity at the top. Their legal efforts on behalf of threatened and endangered species, using existing law to force higher levels of protection, have been the most effective actions taken to preserve the lands, waters, plants, and wildlife of our country since the signing of the Endangered Species Act. If protecting nature is your cause, there is no better organization you could contribute to!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this organization for too many reasons to list. First and foremost, however, I get the sense that the CBD is ready to jump in to defend our natural world no matter what their current workload might be. I find the Center's indefatigable attitude personally inspiring. Whenever I buy a Powerball ticket I imagine myself inviting Kieran Suckling out for an hour long lunch with a monster check in my pocket. Kieran and the CBD's entire staff have earned my respect and gratitude. The CBD is one of this country's gems.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a local coordinator for a Friends of the Earth Group in Torfaen, South Wales, UK, I relish receiving reports from the Center for Biological Diversity as it encourages us to continue to work for our own local biodiversity. I love to read about the species of creatures I will never see but rejoice in their existence. Also we are battling to prevent fracking from taking place in our lovely country of Wales and your experiences of this dangerous practice informs our arguments in opposing such plans here.
Well done CBD! Keep up the good work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity's Endangered Earth online newsletter is stellar. In succinct summaries (with links to more detail ) it brings attention to environmental/habitat/species issues, how you can help make a difference (e.g., signing petitions), and where efforts in conservation have been successful.

It is clear to me that the Center for Biological Diversity is passionate about their work, and are able to use their resources effectively to make a difference. Please support their efforts!

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Donor

Rating: 5

A long supporter of many national environmental groups, I started to also support the Center For Biological Diversity, because of their focus on protecting wildlife without giving in to a quick compromise that other groups do, at the expense of not really providing the protections wildlife needs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Love this Nonprofit because every living thing is a big deal to CBD...every one! I read my news letters, take action immediately, and see new results from past situations. Keep up the amazing work to protect our Earth from the tiniest to the largest! Yes, I donate!!! :D. I've enclosed a few pics of our rescued fur babies and our girls who are much older now. My reasons for stepping up, getting involved, becoming vegetarian, and sharing information. Thank God they do their part as well, but the fur babies maybe not as much...;D!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This sums it up: "Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species..." The CBD is one of the most effective environmental organisation I've supported--mostly, I believe, because of their unique means of using the law to require government organisations to do what they're supposed to be doing!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting the Center (I'm in the UK, but will use the American spelling) for many years. Their campaigns have informed, depressed and elated me so much that this year I quit my job teaching in medical schools to gain a postgraduate degree in Environmental Science and change careers to work on habitat conservation and restoration. I salute the dedicated people at the Center for Biological Diversity and thank all their supporters.

1 Robinistanbul

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a silent follower of the Centre (British spelling, sorry, as I'm an English teacher) for some years, maybe since its inception. I look forward to the newsletter, as it keeps me in touch with the natural world. Living in one of the major metropolises on our beleaguered planet, Istanbul, Turkey, I can feel a connection with the great American outdoors, and the work of others striving to protect it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Living far away in Istanbul, Turkey, I appreciate the work of these folk at the Centre for Biological Diversity in keeping me updated on issues that matter to me - on the protection of the planet and its species. Keep up the good work guys! Rob Lewis

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I get e-mail from from too many environmental protection groups to keep up with but I always read mail from the CfBD. I feel they target the right individuals & departments to achieve the greatest results.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center takes on many challenges and is successful much of the time. Their newsletter keeps me informed (including an article about an endangered species that I had never heard anything about before that lives in my own city!) Their tireless work gives me hope and motivation.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I began singing many online petitons a few years ago.
This particular site goes above and beyond to aid and protect our wild animal individuals not to disparage any of the myriad sites that have only the best interests of our beautiful animal kingdom both wild and domestic.
I am proud to be a part of this site and the many others that allow me to participate singing online petitions.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in Australia and I really appreciate getting newsletters from Biological Diversity Inc. It keep me informed about issues occurring in the United States and the petitions that are often attached to the newsletters help me feel more like a global citizen. They are obviously a very busy and productive organisation because they are involved in a lot of areas, from individual species to climate change issues. I find that they are a very reputable source of information and a great defender of the environment.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity has motivated me to take numerous actions on behalf of wildlife and the environment. They are one of only a few environmental advocacy groups that encourage their members to eat less meat and go vegan. Animal agriculture is barbaric and a leading cause of the greenhouse gas pollution that is causing a dangerous global warming that threatens not only wildlife but humans too.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity deserves great credit for encouraging their members to reduce their consumption of animal products. Animal agriculture is responsible for significant deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions that are devastating the Earth's environment and driving a dangerous global warming. Adopting a vegan diet is a win, win, win for the environment, human health, and of course all the billions of animals killed cruelly every year in factory farms.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe The Center for Biological Diversity does more to preserve wild animal and plant habitats, protect endangered species and public lands, and promote a sustainable human population than any other single group. And they are a lean an efficient organization deserving of everyone's generous support.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CBDI consistently addresses environmental issues with legal action and/or campaigns for public action to preserve native species and their habitats.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Center provides the most comprehensive in-depth analysis and action on all environmental threats of any organization to which I contribute. I can't recommend it more highly as an instrument for the preservation of life as we know it.

Thank you Center!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Center for Biological Diversity hits all the most important issues of our time:
Overpopulation
Extinction
Global Warming
Loss of habitat for endangered species
Colony Colapse Disorder
Auctions and Leases on Public Lands for Petroleum and Mineral exploration and
Grazing on Public Lands
Plus many more important issues

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CBD is an inspiration and a model for environmentalists. Their work is wide-ranging, tough-minded, and relentless. This is the kind of organization that gives the world hope.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of my very favorite environmental organizations. They do great science and use all the available tools, from writing letters to negotiating and legal action, to attain their objectives. They have a great and well-deserved reputation for getting the facts right and for being effective. They get involved in all the most important issues. They really accomplish a lot. I am very proud to support the causes that this organization informs me about.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of my very favorite environmental organizations. They do great science and use all the available tools, from writing letters to negotiating and legal action, to attain their objectives. They have a great and well-deserved reputation for getting the facts right and for being effective. They get involved in all the most important issues. They really accomplish a lot.

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Donor

Rating: 5

CBD is among the top three of about 50 environmental/conservation organizations I support on a regular basis. CBD stands well above most others because of its combination of outstanding science and incisive legal action to ensure our laws are enforced for the sake of all species of animals and plants. I had the opportunity to participate in one of their annual retreats and became better acquainted with the staff. CBD is extraordinary in drawing attention to how HUMAN OVERPOPULATION is the root cause of most of our environmental and conservation problems: the rampant conversion of natural lands and resources (e.g. water) to suit the desires of endless humans.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so proud that Center for Biological Diversity is located in Tucson where I live. Southern Arizona is one of the most biologically diverse regions of North America. Center for Biological Diversity is a conservation leader in efforts to protect the many and varied ecosystems in my home region. It's leadership on environmental issues around our beautiful country is to be commended. As a former National Park Service seasonal Ranger in Yellowstone, Crater Lake, and Mt. Rainier, I truly depend on Center for Biological Diversity to keep me updated on western conservation issues.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of the few non-profit environmental organisations that takes population growth seriously, ironically, in a funny way. It distributes condoms with amusing titles. How better to get the message across that human population growth destroys habitat which in turn destroys other species, or makes them vulnerable. The the regular reports are well presented so you get the message, even if you don't have time to read the whole story. CBD really is one of my favourite organisations.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm a 77 y/o godless old man and the Center is the best, most consistent of all the enviro organizations I have belonged to. It is the only one that still fights population growth. The Sierra Club, Audubon, etc. have all wimped out to big donors on this issue but not the Center.
I have been a member since the beginning when we were fighting the scopes on Mt. Graham and the early threats to the San Pedro R. and I am amazed at how consistent their fight for the "wild" has been over these many years. Hope they can keep up the fight long after I'm gone. I don't know how many current members realize how much we owe to Dr, Robin Silver for the decades of support and energy he put in fighting the good fight and to keep the Center going . Thanks Kieran and thanks Robin and Dr. Bob W who is no longer among us. I'm tipping a red ale to all you good folks. Cheers, Old Jim

Chance R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization works tirelessly for all the living beings on this planet that don't have a voice in the world. Please donate to them so that they can continue their important work, do it today, think of doing it weekly if you're able. Thank you!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Where would we be without such an organization!!!!

I have learned so very much about what endangered and protection really means. Not only fauna but flora as well...I sign so many petitions and support so many local and national and international issues because of the knowledge and timely petitions of this group!

Keep up the good work...your advice and insights are informing and activating MANY!

Respectfully, M. B.Coey

Laura H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These people are AWESOME! I highly recommend you sign up for their email newsletters. You can sign petitions to help animals and the environment. They are doing work for the environment that desperately needs to be done!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love these guys. They help the environment so much and are very passionate. They rock!!!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CBD does a great and wonderful work, and one that should be supported by everyone. The names says it all; it is about the absolutely necessary need of diversity in our environment. It is that which keeps life possible on our planet. Hurrah for CBD!

Donor

Rating: 5

CBD is a wonderful and awesome group. I have been a donor for many years and am proud of the work they do. They are a nonprofit that I trust and believe in strongly. I look forward to being a part of their work for many years to come!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have contributed to, supporting the Center for Biological Diversity for 15 years or more. They post monthly newsletters outlining their accomplishments and activities and alerting us to new threats. Frequent emails provide opportunities to sign petitions which gives us a voice to support our wildlife all around the country. I would say, based on the newsletters I receive, that they have done more than any other organization to stand up for the small plants and animals which support integral habitats around the US than any other organization I am aware of, succeeding in gaining endangered status for many of them. I trust and believe they will use my donations for the climate and the wildlife to make a stronger statement and action for preserving our World's climate, and continue to do so!

Ira G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe their work and campaigns makes a difference on this planet and they are so knowledgeable and passionate about their work.

Dorelle A.

Donor

Rating: 5

I support the Center for Biological Diversity because it continues to received 4 stars on Charity Navigator. Additionally, I receive their email alerts and respond to their call for action because they give me just enough information to help me decide if it is a cause I want to support and not so much information that I get bogged down and do too little to raise awareness of environmental problems. Like everyone, my email inbox is overflowing and I can't respond to every call for action. I trust this center for accurate, concise information.

Donor

Rating: 5

What I like best about the Center for Biological Diversity is that they take significant action on behalf of the environment; they don't just talk, march and complain. They understand that saving the smallest and seemingly insignificant plant or animal is as, or more, important than action on behalf of charismatic megafauna. In addition they are willing to take on the underlying, difficult and controversial issues that affect the environment, like animal agriculture and human overpopulation.

Donor

Rating: 5

I support this organization wholeheartedly. Its efforts are astonishingly effective and far-reaching. It is everywhere you want to be, fighting every noble battle with intelligence, ardor and elegance. A rare source of pure goodness, to be celebrated and supported!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Most effective environmental group around. They're everywhere at once, protecting species and habitat. Boots on the ground, lawsuits in the courts, the depth and width of the organization's activism is breathtaking. It gives me rare hope.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about this wonderful and caring environmental organization! I have met several of their staff at wildlife hearings in northern California and each time they have been very courteous, knowledgeable and accessible. They present themselves and others with great integrity. They are extremely well researched on the issues they defend; for example, bobcat trapping in California and endangered species protection for the wolf in California. I highly recommend them as a very active resource for a vast array of issues from protecting public lands to calling attention to small unknown amphibians that face loss of habitat.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is one of the most effective environmental organizations out there. They don't miss a beat -- keeping tabs on all of the most pressing wildlife and environmental issues, and taking and encouraging effective action to make things right. I am so impressed with this group. I have little $$ to give but this incredible group is always among the organizations I support with donations whenever I can. And I never pass up an opportunity to sign a petition they're circulating, because they've done the research and their actions cause results. Thank you for existing, CBD!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been signing online petitions through CBC as an environmentalist for a number of years now. Unquestionably I believe they are the TOP conservation organization in the U.S. (maybe in all of N. America). They seem to be sworn to protect the greatest variety of species from the smallest snail or tiny plant to large mammals. They get results. They are focused, organized, and if necessary will sue the pants off of any entity, gov't. or otherwise, in order to protect a species and it's habitat.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I firmly believe the Center For Biological Diversity is the best conservation organization in the U.S., probably N. America. And I have seen many. Why? Because it is continually willing to sue the pants off of any entity, government or otherwise, in order to protect species---and it SUCCEEDS quite a few times. And another thing, it seems to have the greatest variety of different species it seeks to protect---from small obscure snails, to largely unknown plants, to larger mammals. They ALL matter.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The CBD has done, and continues to do, great work in helping keep species extinction at bay. I support them financially when I can; and I sign each and every petition they offer. It's such a great feeling when they have a win on something that I feel passionate about.

1 Cristy M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hands down the best environmental protection org out there today. I've been a member for around 15 years now and have watch them do amazing things in the courts, stopping some heinous destruction of wild places and critters. I love that they connect the dots, that everything on this planet is connected. The death of one species affects everything all the way up the food chain. It isn't something that happens in a vacuum. I love that they fight just as hard for a snail or plant and they do for wolves and clean water. Because it all matters, it's all connected.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is possibly the most effective environmental organization in existence. They are completely dedicated to preserving endangered species regardless of size or popularity. I am a monthly, sustaining contributor and will continue for as long as necessary.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this group for about three years. During that time it has been amazing to me the good things they have accomplished. I am not financially able to do a lot monetarily, but I do what I can by supporting petitions and writing letters to the powers that be. It all helps. Their work is saving the world for future generations. Please help if you can, the planet and wildlife will thank you.

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Donor

Rating: 5

it always tells it as it is and does its best to help the living things of this planet

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This a an awesome organization to help protect nature and the animals who live there.