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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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59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Erayna A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After twelve years of daily online activism working through numerous organizations, I have to say that The Center For Biological Diversity ranks at the top. Having worked as a journalist covering environmental conservation and having followed these issues closely for decades, I find the Center to be ultra-professional in its work, decision making and communications. I also appreciate their well-designed and reliable website. The organization is clearly staffed by intelligent, capable and knowledgeable individuals. Even the Center's choice of focus, the extinction crisis, demonstrates intelligence: the extinction of creatures is a very tangible barometer of the degree that humans have overstepped the boundaries of the natural world, one that people can easily grasp and relate to. I would recommend involvement with the Center to anyone who is concerned about the environment.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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genobird

Donor

Rating: 5

CBD is a lean, mean, working machine for the benefit of beleaguered plants, animals, and habitats in the US. They use the power of the courts and the laws to hold government agencies accountable for their actions. So much taxpayer money is diverted to programs that then become beholden to the lobbying actions of private business, and the corruption is glossed over or hidden. CBD exposes this fraud and waste and recalcitrance.
Center for Biological Diversity is also thankfully not of the Big Green bent, making secret deals with crooked politicians in exchange for lenience in other areas. They are one of the very few emphasizing the fundamental nature of the growth in human population that threatens all life on Earth. Without the slowing of the trajectory of human numbers, there is little hope for improving the outlook for other organisms.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked and given to many environmental groups over the years, but CBD is one of the most successful in targeted use of funds, effectiveness in bringing suits to the courts and winning, and amassing factual scientific basis for exposing the egregious behavior of government and private industry trying to trash our shared Earthly commons. They do not spend funds on frivolous gifts and goodies like stuffed animals, calenders, notecards, and the like, but use their clout to go to bat for our Earth and its beleaguered wild places and animals. They are fearless in tackling the big, faceless corporate powers, and making useful alliances with like-minded groups---and crediting them when they do.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Egotistical and lacking in professional cooperation.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

I belong to a number of environmental organizations, and receive their emails.. When I open the emails from the Center for Biological Diversity I always see the most positive, forward thinking actions, actions which make a huge difference. I am stunned each time by the contents of the emails. They truly act on their beliefs, strategically making the best cases for our natural world. If I had only one environmental group to support, it would be this one. Moreover, I learned about their work on Culebra, PR, when I stumbled upon a study they were doing for their much endangered tropical corals. Their persistence and wisdom, scientific research and results are of the highest caliber.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I was on Culebra PR I met members of the Center for Biological Diversity who were actively assisting a local non-profit on the Island, CORALations. Their expertise and willingness to help went beyond the call in assisting this small island's fight to maintain its biodiversity and the corals which are so endangered.

As a professional with experience in land protection, I was highly impressed with this organization and its on the ground staff.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Edmond B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is one of THE most effective conservation organizations in the United States. It uses good science, conscientious legal efforts, and coordinated public-awareness campaigns to promote conservation, defend endangered species, and raise public awareness and attention of the issues, species, and causes that it champions. I SUPPORT the Center because it maintains extremely low overhead costs; works transparently with the dollars that it is given, and has an extremely good track-record of successes.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The Center for Biological Diversity is on the right track. Sound scientific information is the best way humans have of understanding reality. The health of our entire planet and all its inhabitants MUST be our top priority - it benefits everyone. Profits are great, but not at the expense of animals, humans and the environment.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is fundamental in the fight to protect endangered and threatened species, by its keen, ardent, and tough legal challenges to governmental regulators, which have forced major actions to help vulnerable species in their essential at-risk habitats. The Center is aware, persistent, and tough. Moreover, the Center has educational outreach efforts that are insightful and engaging, which give the public information and bring people into participatiion for well-targeted nature conservation. Unfortunately, such a hard-hitting approach is a role critcal to moving forward many conservation efforts. The Center is a key operator in this arena. I've over 30 years of experience in this field to back up my praise here.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Center for biological diversity is absolutely the best environmental advocacy organization in th US. As an environmental professional, I am deeply concerned about the grave state of our planet. Where many organizations are political and compromising, Center takes the bull by the horns and doesn't let go until a problem is resolved. Especially important is their recognition of the role of population in environmental degradation. If we only had more groups like this, we could all sleep better at night.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Does NOT promote conservation, but rather manipulates the legal system to obtain legal settlements through the endangered species act.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is an effective, efficient and successful advocate for wildlife and their habitats--just exactly what I want them to be as a supporter of the organization. As a professional wildlife photographer and very active advocate for wildlife myself, I'm proud to be a small part of their work through my DVDs and books, as well as with my cash donations.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I totally support the work that the Center for Biological Diversity does. Out of all of the organizations I support during the year, they are always at the top of my list. They are consistent, professional, knowledgeable about the issues and they get done what needs to be done! Their newsletters are informative and make it easy for me to sign the petitions knowing that I am putting my name to something that has been thoroughly explored, with goals and options clear. Thank you Center for Biological Diversity!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional conservation biologist, I can say that the Center for Biological Diversity is the most effective organization of its kind that I know of in preventing the global loss of species and their habitats.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity sends out the most informative, concise, and hard-hitting newsletter of all the environmental organizations. In a short read, you can take action with lawmakers and also learn the latest on species rights and individual populations in trouble. They take action, and they do not wait until it is too late. I am a PhD biologist and I appreciate their no-nonsense approach. Their motto is "Because Life is Good".

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can always count on the Center for Biological Diversity to stand up for wildlife in peril. They use legal and political advocacy tactics to get results efficiently and effectively.

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