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Wolves belong in Colorado

Wolves belong in Colorado. That’s why the Endangered Species Coalition, in collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project and other organizations, is working hard to educate the public on the need to reintroduce wolves to western Colorado and restore the balance that has been lost.

Wolves roamed the Colorado landscape until they were needlessly eradicated in 1945.  Since then, our landscapes have suffered resulting from an inflated elk population, largely because their natural predator, the wolf, is missing.   Fortunately, our expansive and remote public lands in western Colorado provide the perfect habitat for a gradual reintroduction of wolves.  Reintroductions like those in Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies have shown that there is a great benefit to having wolves on the landscape, both biologically and economically.  With thoughtful and inclusive management, wolves can restore the natural balance in Colorado for the benefit of all of Colorado’s residents.  

To help encourage Coloradans to support the comeback of wolves to our state, activist Brett Ochs spoke at Ignite Boulder about the value of wolves and what makes them such a compelling and important member of the animal world.

 

Save Florida Panthers by Reducing Vehicle Strikes

By Emily Folk

Florida panthers are an endangered species residing primarily in southwestern Florida. In 2016, 42 panthers died in the wild, mainly from vehicle-related incidents. This is especially devastating news as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission estimates there are, at best, 180 panthers remaining in the wild. Here’s how you can help reduce the volume of vehicle-related panther deaths.  

Slow Down in Panther Habitats

Panthers prefer to travel alone and have territories that range in size from 75 to 200 miles. Young male panthers may be especially active at night, since they may be searching for ranges to call their own. Driving slowly at night through panther habitats will give you more time to react if a panther is on the road. Turn on your high beams when possible to increase your chances of noticing a panther before it’s too late.

Young panthers are at the highest risk of being killed by cars, representing nearly 70 percent of all vehicle deaths. Panthers over the age of three are less likely to be hit by a passing vehicle, possibly due to experience or having an established range.  

Develop Designated Wildlife Crossings

Another potential way to reduce the risk of panther deaths is to create designated wildlife crossings along highways and other roads that traverse panther habitats. Designated passages, combined with fencing, can naturally prevent big cats from walking along roads and highways. Several crossings have already been implemented, but many more are needed to cover the broad span of panther ranges.

Create Wildlife Refuges

The highest populations of panthers live in the Big Cypress Preserve and the Everglades National Park. Creating additional wildlife refuges throughout Florida will provide panthers with a safe habitat to raise their young and set new territorial boundaries. Wildlife refuges will also provide habitat for other native Florida species.

Avoid Driving Through Panther Habitats

Panthers are primarily active between dusk and dawn, preferring to rest during the day when the sun is at its peak. They live in a variety of habitats ranging from swamps to prairies. Southwest Florida is especially high in panther activity.

If possible, limit your travel through potential panther habitats at night when the big cats are likely to be the most active. You’ll decrease your risk of a collision and can help save these endangered species.

By avoiding panther habitats and driving mindfully, Floridians and visitors alike can help save the lives of the endangered Florida panther.


Bio:

Emily is a conservation writer with a passion for educating others about endangered species. You can read more of her work on her blog, Conservation Folks, or follow her on Twitter.

Report: Science Suppressed, Ignored Due to Political Pressure

“How Politics Drowned Out Science for Ten Endangered Species”

Washington, D.C. – A new report out today shows that the best available science in imperiled plant and wildlife decisions isn’t always followed, despite the requirements of the Endangered Species Act. Pressure from politically-powerful special interests often unduly influences these decisions, undermining science and wildlife conservation, according to the Endangered Species Coalition. Now, under the Trump Administration, that pressure is worsening, as industry officials have infiltrated the leadership positions within the agencies.

The report, “Suppressed: How Politics Drowned out Science for Ten Endangered Species” highlights ten imperiled fish, plant and wildlife conservation decisions over the last decade in which the science was either ignored or suppressed as a result of intense special interest lobbying and influence.

“Our native fish, plants and wildlife aren’t just a critically valuable part of the legacy we leave for future generations of Americans, they’re key to providing a good quality of life for all humans right now,” said Leda Huta, executive director of the Endangered Species Coalition. “But we are concerned that the prevalence of special interest, industry representatives inside the Trump Administration is intensifying the suppression of science in endangered species decisions.”

The stifling of science has been widespread under the Trump Administration this past year, as it slashed science budgets at NASA, NOAA, EPA, and other agencies. The Administration has also hired industry representatives to run its agencies, pulled out of the Paris Climate Accords and deemed a scientific background unnecessary for positions that require scientific knowledge. Agency scientists have been silenced, and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has consistently rolled back science-based rules in favor of polluters.

Endangered Species Protections Thwarted

Four species in the report – the wolverine, greater sage grouse, dunes sagebrush lizard and the Hermes copper butterfly – were denied protection under the Endangered Species Act, in spite of massive, historic population declines and severe threats to the species. And just last week, the Trump Administration denied listing for four more imperiled species (on top of the 29 others denied protection under the Act this past year).

Another, the North Atlantic right whale – threatened by ship strikes, fishing gear entanglement, and seismic energy exploration – would have benefited from a decision to deny six seismic oil exploration permits. However, the Trump Administration has reversed that decision in an effort to expand drilling in the Atlantic.

Late last month, the Trump Administration finalized a recovery plan for the Mexican wolf, one of the most endangered mammals in North America. The plan ignored the scientific recommendations of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’ own Mexican Wolf Recovery Team, calling for a minimum population of only half the number of wolves that the scientists recommended.  

Another rare and endangered Southwest U.S. species in the report – the ocelot – is threatened with increased habitat fragmentation as a result of President Trump’s proposed border wall. The border wall would obstruct essential migration routes, not only for the ocelot, but for an estimated 90 other imperiled species.

Two other water-dwelling species in the report were also victims of science suppression, including the pallid sturgeon and the Pacific leatherback sea turtle. One of the largest reptiles in the world, the leatherback can journey more than 10,000 miles between habitats. This past June, the Trump administration withdrew a proposed regulation on drift gillnets (used to catch swordfish) in response to persistent lobbying from the commercial fishing industry.

In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declined to list the greater sage grouse as endangered, citing an unprecedented region-wide habitat conservation effort, tied to state and federal conservation plans. However, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke is threatening to undo even these modest, bi-partisan conservation measures. Meanwhile, sage grouse numbers have declined by 90 percent from historic levels. Protecting umbrella species like sage grouse conserves habitats on which many other species rely, like mule deer and pronghorn.

Endangered Species Coalition’s member groups nominated species for the report. A committee of distinguished scientists reviewed the nominations, and decided which species should be included in the final report. The full report, along with a slideshow and additional species information can be viewed and downloaded at http://SuppressedScience.org.  

The Endangered Species Coalition produces a “Top 10” report annually, focusing on a different theme each year. Previous years’ reports are also available on the Coalition’s website.

What Will Happen To The Manatee Now That It’s No Longer Considered Endangered?

By Emily Folk

We want to see the manatee population rebound to a point where they can be taken off the  endangered species list. But has it really reached that point? As some are celebrating their downlisting status from endangered to threatened as a victory, others think it’s the wrong choice.

The Campaign to Slash Protections Was Initiated by an Anti-Wildlife Group.

We’ve known that manatees have been slowly recovering for a number of years. But they remained protected as endangered because threats to their survival remain or are increasing. Despite that, an anti-wildlife group that advocates extreme property rights sued to force the downlisting.

Photo: USFWS

Manatees Are Still In Danger

Congressman Vern Buchanan of Florida asserted that the decision to downgrade the manatee to “threatened”  is a “misguided and premature” decision. As it is, the manatees lost 13 percent of their population in 2013 as a result of a massive bloom of red tide algae and an unknown ailment. Manatees are still in a very fragile state.

In fact, the Center for Biological Diversity noted that 2016 was the deadliest year for manatees yet. With more manatees, come more injuries and deaths due to boats. Regulations have targeted speedboats in areas where manatees congregate, which has helped, but what if these are able to be lifted due to manatees no longer being endangered?

Photo: USFWS

Manatees are nicknamed sea cows for a reason. They’re big, kind of slow and like to eat and just hang out all day. They’re not going to be able to get out of the way of a speeding boat. If restrictions on touching manatees are lifted, there’s also the worry that manatee lovers are going to swarm them, wanting to be able to touch them.

Can Manatees Survive The Change?

The threats to manatees are undeniably still out there. They haven’t gone away, even though the animals have been taken off the endangered list. With restrictions loosening, there’s worry that the manatee population will start to decline again, bringing them closer toward extinction.

With 2016 being the deadliest year on record for manatees, the decision to downlist this species to threatened is even more questionable. Along with the human aspect of boats and other watercraft harming them, there’s also the danger of habitat loss and red tides, neither of which show signs of slowing down.

Photo: USFWS

Photo: USFWS

President Trump in the White House adds another layer of uncertainty to the situation. He’s shown that the environment and endangered species certainly aren’t his top priority. On top of that, some in Congress have been trying to weaken the Endangered Species Act.

In order for us to fight these changes, you can sign the petition to protect the Endangered Species Act, or you could contact your U.S. Senators and Representative and ask them to defend the Endangered Species Act.   


Bio:

Emily is a conservation writer with a passion for educating others about endangered species. You can read more of her work on her blog, Conservation Folks, or follow her on Twitter.

 

99 Percent Support Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery

Conservation Groups Review 100,000 Public Comments on Recovery Plan

Of the more than 100,000 comments submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on the Mexican Wolf Draft Recovery Plan, more than 99 percent were in support of recovery, according to wildlife conservation organizations who reviewed the comments submitted this summer.

“We wanted to be able to definitively say that the recovery of the Mexican gray wolf is important to Americans, and we can,” said Hailey Hawkins, Southern Rockies Field Representative for the Endangered Species Coalition. “Americans overwhelmingly support Mexican wolf recovery and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recovery plan needs to reflect that,” said Hawkins.

Seven organizations and dozens of volunteers came together to tally the comments, publicly available on the government comment portal, Regulations.gov. The organizations included the Endangered Species Coalition, Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project, Lobos of the Southwest, Wolf Conservation Center, White Mountain Conservation League, Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter, and Sierra Club’s Rio Grande Chapter. It took weeks and over a hundred hours for the volunteers to tally the thousands of comments, which came from all 50 states.

The comment period was open from June 30, 2017 to August 31, 2017, during which time USFWS received more than 100,000 comments on their Draft Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan. The last recovery plan was drafted in 1982 and has been in critical need of updating. The current draft recovery plan must be completed by November 30, 2017, as mandated by a court order.

Most commenters are worried that the USFWS draft recovery plan wasn’t based on the best available science in its calculation of wolf recovery goals, and that barriers to habitat connectivity weren’t adequately addressed. For instance, the proposed plan calls for only about 300 wolves in the Southwest United States, even though biologists on the USFWS’ own Science and Planning Subgroup calculated that a population of at least 750 wolves should be established before delisting. This was just one of a number of intentional blind spots on the science of wolf recovery adopted in the proposed plan.

“Folks across the country want a wolf recovery plan based on the best available science–one that accounts for habitat fragmentation, severely low genetic diversity, poaching, and a potentially disastrous border wall,” said Hawkins. “The proposed draft recovery plan does not allow Mexican wolves to fully recover in the Southwest.”  

The Mexican gray wolf is one of the rarest mammals in North America, with only 113 individuals in the wild.  There are many hurdles hindering the recovery of the Mexican wolf, including poaching, declining genetic diversity, and federal legislation aimed at removing protections for the wolf.   

The Mexican gray wolf was almost completely extinct when it was listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1976. Shortly after, a captive breeding program was initiated with the only five remaining individuals.  After 30 years of absence, the Mexican wolf finally returned to the American southwest when they were released to the wild in 1998.  However, after almost 20 years, the endangered Mexican wolf is still struggling to recover due to a lack of investment in scientific recovery requirements.  Without a strong recovery plan from US Fish and Wildlife Service, it is unlikely the Mexican wolf will fully recover from the brink of extinction.

For more information about the Mexican gray wolf, visit www.mexicanwolves.org.

 

Wisconsin State Legislators New Bill on Wolves is Political Theater

Bill Would Block Wildlife Management and Encourage Poaching

Madison, WI – Yesterday, Representatives Jarchow, Felzkowski, Quinn and Senator Tiffany circulated for co-sponsorship, LRB 3737/1 which would make it illegal for law enforcement to enforce state or federal law relating to management of wolves in Wisconsin. It also does not allow the Department of Natural Resources to expend any funds relating to wolf management other than paying claims under the endangered resources program for damage caused by wolves.

The agencies work in partnership, not just for wolves, but for all of our wildlife in the state.

“This bill shows what we’ve known all along, and why we support continued protection for wolves under the Endangered Species Act – that Wisconsin policymakers aren’t up to task of responsibly managing wolves in our state,” said Melissa Smith, Great Lakes representative for the Endangered Species Coalition. “Wolves are part of Wisconsin’s natural wildlife heritage, and Wisconsinites don’t want to see them managed as pests or eradicated.”

They also claim that “wolves have taken over northern Wisconsin and that they are depredating our deer population, killing livestock and attacking family pets”.

Despite the record wolf population the depredations are significantly down (-36%, only 50 confirmed losses) and the deer population is massively increased due to mild winters. This bill is an affront to the majority of Wisconsin citizens who support this species, the federal supremacy clause, the federal courts, the public trust, and the Endangered Species Act. If this bill becomes law poaching of the gray wolf will be legal and could very well lead to a second eradication. These extremist legislators behind this bill massively underestimate the blowback from citizens (most who favor more wolves on the landscape by the DNR’s own social survey) that this bill will generate and it will open the door for other federal laws to be “invalidated” by arrogant extremists. It also opens the door to challenge this bill under the public trust doctrine and 14th Amendment.

Nancy Warren of National Wolfwatcher Coalition agrees, “Our wildlife management professionals have a responsibility to manage wolves and other wildlife in the public trust, and this ill-conceived bill ties their hands.”

“They’re trying to make the USFWS solely manage gray wolf conservation. It strikes me as these legislators hoping that if they stop enforcing the law and then FWS has to, that FWS will just throw its arms up in exasperation and stop caring. All the while the state acts with impunity to use bad science, enforce no anti-poaching laws, mismanage public trust assets, and lie, exaggerate, and distort, this bill being a perfect example”, said Vivian Morrison of Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf and Wildlife.

Advocacy groups will be sending a letter to State Legislators asking them to reject this absurd proposal and continue Wisconsin’s conservation legacy using science, law and democracy to protect our Natural Resources for future generations.

Primary Contact: Melissa Smith, Endangered Species Coalition,
msmith@endangered.org, 608-234-8860

Contact: Vivian Morrison, Board, Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf & Wildlife
wiforwolves@gmail.com,

Contact: Nancy Warren, National Wolfwatcher Coalition, nancy@wolfwatcher.org

In Recognition of Half-Earth Day, Groups Host Conversation with E.O. Wilson and Members of Congress to Save America’s Biodiversity and Protect Wildlife Corridors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of the planet’s first Half-Earth Day, join Wildlands Network and partners for “Wildlife Corridors and Saving America’s Biodiversity with E.O. Wilson” on Tuesday, October 24 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Capitol Building Visitors Center Congressional Auditorium and Atrium.

World-renowned Harvard biologist Dr. E.O. Wilson will be joined by several conservation leaders and members of Congress, including Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) for a solutions-oriented conversation about wildlife corridors and other policies that can protect America’s wild creatures and places for generations to come.

“To preserve our wild heritage, we need to connect key habitat across the American landscape,” said Greg Costello, Wildlands Network Executive Director. “From the grizzly to the monarch butterfly, wildlife corridors allow us to steward some of our most treasured species. We’re excited to have the opportunity to discuss this critical topic with Dr. E.O. Wilson, Congressman Beyer and Senator Udall who are such great champions of protecting our natural heritage.”

Recent studies show we are losing our native species at an alarming rate: currently one in five U.S. species are threatened with extinction. However, strategies—like protecting wildlife corridors—exist to protect our America’s wildlife.

Renowned biologist E.O. Wilson recently authored the book Half-Earth- Our Planet’s Fight for Life in which he laid out a vision to save biodiversity.  Today, Dr. Wilson stated, “on this auspicious inaugural Half-Earth Day, a key issue addressed is the role of wildlife corridors, which would enlarge the nations protected areas and help achieve the goal of Half-Earth.  Corridors would protect large swaths of America’s wildlife and other fauna and flora, especially in this critical time of climate change and shifting locations of the original environments in which a large part of biodiversity has existed.”

“Our planet’s ‎wildlife is facing ever-increasing threats — from climate change to habitat destruction‎ — and we must take action at every level, from the U.S. Congress to the grass roots,” said Senator Udall, D-N.M. “E.O. Wilson has dedicated his life to understanding the importance of species diversity, and eloquently sharing his studies and enthusiasm with a broad audience. His voice is essential, and I’m honored to join him for this Half-Earth Day conversation to raise awareness about the need to protect habitat and rally Americans to action.”‎

Rep. Beyer, concerned with the critical need to slow the rising species extinction rate, understands the imperative of implementing wildlife corridors and other strategies to protect America’s biodiversity.

“I introduced the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act in 2016 to help protect the nearly one in five animal and plant species in the U.S. at risk of extinction,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “Much of the danger to our most endangered species comes from habitat loss, and scientists like Dr. E.O. Wilson have told us that connecting habitats to ensure safe travel between them is key to the genetic strength of threatened populations, and to biodiversity as a whole.”

From monarchs to mule deer, from Florida panther to pronghorn, wildlife corridors and other policies can safeguard these species from the threats of climate change and habitat loss, increasing wildlife movement between habitat areas by approximately 50 percent compared to areas not connected by corridors.

“There is no doubt that protecting wildlife corridors is one of the most important proactive steps that we have to safeguard our country’s wildlife and majestic public lands,” stated Robert Stanton, former Director of the National Park Service (NPS) and Endangered Species Coalition board member. “We are thrilled to help bring exciting ideas about saving biodiversity to Washington, D.C.”

Presentations and discussions will follow Dr. Wilson’s conversation with members of Congress. Presenters include Dr. Bruce Stein of National Wildlife Federation; Dr. Stuart L. Pimm of the Nicholas School at Duke University; Dr. Healy Hamilton of NatureServe; Dr. Jon Beckmann of Wildlife Conservation Society; Dr. Gary Tabor of Center for Large Landscape Conservation; and Dr. Ron Sutherland of Wildlands Network.

The event will wrap with a cupcake reception and an opportunity to meet E.O. Wilson, members of Congress, presenters, and other attendees.

E.O. Wilson and other speakers will be available for photos

This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs appreciated but not required. Please RSVP to info@wildlandsnetwork.org.

The event will be livestreamed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q7nOx7fwrw

The Endangered Species Coalition Launches Pollinator Garden Effort

Plantings to Create Habitat for Imperiled Monarch Butterflies

Washington, DC – As part of its “Pollinator Protectors” campaign, the Endangered Species Coalition is sponsoring a fall series of pollinator garden plantings throughout the United States.

“It’s imperative that we do more to protect the at risk pollinator species— including those currently listed as threatened or endangered—by expanding their habitat with new pollinator-specific gardens throughout the country,” said Leda Huta, Executive Director of the Endangered Species Coalition. “Our Pollinator Protectors program is aimed at educating individuals and groups as to the importance of these gardens and providing the appropriate support to establish them in more locations.”

The pollinator garden planting series kicked off at the end of September and are scheduled to continue through October in these locations: Washington, D.C.; Helena, MT; San Diego, CA; Boulder, CO; Boise, Idaho; Spokane, WA; Indianapolis, IN; Roseburg, OR; Warrenton, VA; and Cherry Hill, NJ, with additional plantings planned for other locations during the year. As more planting events are created, they will be added to this map.

The Pollinator Protectors campaign is one of the Endangered Species Coalition’s key initiatives to help protect imperiled pollinator species. According to the Coalition’s 2014 report, Vanishing: Ten American Species Our Children May Never See, irresponsible pesticide use and habitat loss have significantly reduced the population of the rusty-patched bumble bee, Monarch butterfly and other native pollinators.

The Endangered Species Coalition also has helped expand Monarch butterfly habitat nationwide by organizing special milkweed garden plantings as part of its annual Endangered Species Day celebration – annually, on the third Friday in May. During the last three years, the Coalition has supported milkweed gardens in 40 locations in 15 states, with a new series of plantings set for next year’s Endangered Species Day on May 18, 2018.

To further support pollinator conservation awareness, the Endangered Species Coalition developed the Missing Species Report project, a special classroom curriculum for K-12 teachers and youth group and other educators. It includes extensive material on endangered species conservation and includes specific actions that people can take to protect pollinators and other threatened species.

The greater sage-grouse is in trouble… again… 😠

Between shrinking national monuments, cozying up with special interest, and making questionable travel choices, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has somehow found time to also direct the Bureau of Land Management to reconsider the Sage Grouse Initiative, despite years of hard work and collaboration.

Even though their numbers have plummeted by over 90%, the greater sage-grouse was denied listing in 2015 as the result of an unprecedented collaborative recovery effort across 10 Western states called the Sage Grouse Initiative.  This conservation effort cost hundreds of millions of dollars and is praised for its consideration of many different stakeholders- from ranchers to environmentalist.  But stretching across the aisle and compromising doesn’t seem to be something that Secretary Zinke values.  

The greater sage-grouse population used to number in the tens of millions, but thanks to poor farming practices and development, their numbers have dwindled to only a few hundred thousand since the early 1900s.  Sage-grouse are an “indicator species,” meaning their health (or lack thereof) reflects the health of their entire ecosystem.  If the sage-grouse is healthy, the sagebrush sea is healthy, too.  In addition to the greater sage-grouse, 350 other species rely on the sagebrush, including the incredibly fast pronghorn, the adorable pygmy rabbit ❤️, and the badass badger.  Unfortunately, all these species and more are suffering from an ever shrinking and disappearing habitat.  And to make matters worse, the Sage Grouse Initiative, along with years of work, could disappear, too.

This successful and collaborative effort to conserve the greater sage-grouse could be the best path forward for these imperiled birds. The initiative has been praised by governors and members of Congress from both parties, including Governors John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Matt Mead (R-WY) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) (If you’re in Colorado, thank Senator Bennet here! 👏🏽). Yet, Secretary Zinke wants to ignore all the progress to date and go back to square one.  A future Zinke-approved plan could be a giveaway to oil and gas interests intent on opening up even more sage-grouse habitat, putting these birds and countless other species at risk.

The greater sage-grouse needs your help! Please sign the petition to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke asking him to respect the existing Sage Grouse Initiative and abandon his plans to rewrite it!  

Seattle Photo Exhibition Shows Species At Risk

A pod of Southern Resident Killer Whales travels together against the backdrop of the setting sun in the San Juan Islands, Washington. A Mountain Caribou gazes between snow covered trees, one animal of the eleven total individual caribou remaining in the United States. A cryptic Northern Spotted Owl peers out from an old growth forest nest cavity.

Image credit: Chris Huss, Into the Sunset

Each of these regionally iconic species share a common thread: all are listed as threatened or endangered. The stories and images of these and other irreplaceable species are featured in a new, travelling visual art exhibition by the Endangered Species Coalition – Our Vanishing Future: Photographs and Illustrations. Photographer and professional tracker David Moskowitz, in collaboration with ESC, invited the participation of other renown wildlife photographers to present work highlighting significant North American plants and animals. These images, in combination with illustrations by the winners of the 2017 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest were presented at an initial show at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA.

Taking in the photographic work of Thomas D. Mangelsen at the exhibition opening

The show opening featured artist talks by photographer Paul Bannick and Chris Huss. Each artist shared powerful insights about their photographic careers and the power of images to educate and increase awareness of the importance of wildlife conservation.

Photographer Paul Bannick speaks about North American owls at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA

The goal of the exhibition is to raise awareness of the scope of threats facing our best-known animal and plant species in the United States. Artists participating in the show provided statements about these species, educating audiences about their unique habits and encouraging action in support of conservation. Opportunities to take immediate action at the show opening included writing postcards to congressional representatives to demonstrate enduring support for the Endangered Species Act. You can take action by signing our petition in defense of the Act.

Show attendees take action for endangered species

As the show develops, ESC is excited to bring these impactful images to other locations and to engage new audiences in conservation issues and actions. For additional information about the species highlighted in the exhibition, visit our Vanishing campaign.

 

Links:

2017 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

Wildlife Photographers featured in Our Vanishing Future: Photographs and Illustrations

April Bencze
www.aprilbenczewildlife.com

Paul Bannick
www.paulbannick.com

Kerri Farley
www.NewRiverNature.com 

Michael Forsberg
www.michaelforsberg.com

Steven Gnam
www.gnam.photo

Chris Huss
www.chrishuss.com

Thomas D. Mangelsen
www.mangelsen.com

David Moskowitz
www.davidmoskowitz.net

Dave Showalter
www.daveshowalter.com