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