Recess-itate Wildlife: Talk to your member of Congress about protecting endangered species
One of the most effective ways you can help to keep endangered and threatened species protected is to meet in-person with congressional staff or the members of Congress themselves. Recent surveys of Congressional staff have found that these face-to-face visits with constituents are highly valued and can often influence the way members of Congress vote.
Advocating in person is easier and more effective when you are prepared with relevant information in advance. Below you can find links and documents that you can download and print.
Materials for you:
• Sample meeting request form (ESC)
• How to Lobby (ESC)
• Endangered Species Act Talking Points
• Meeting report back form (At the bottom of this page and downloadable to fill and mail/scan/fax/email)
Materials to potentially leave for Senator/Representative:
• Anti-Endangered Species Act riders in the appropriations bills
• Letter from 56 Groups Urging Opposition to Anti-ESA Riders in FY 17 Appropriations
• Gray Wolf Factsheet
• Greater Sage Grouse Factsheet
• Lesser Prairie Chicken Factsheet
• Poll Finds National Consensus on the Endangered Species Act (Courtesy Tulchin Research)
• Index of Endangered Species Act Attacks in 114th Congress (Courtesy Defenders of Wildlife)
• Politics of Extinction (Center for Biological Diversity report)
• Additional ESA fact sheets and reports
Have you scheduled a meeting with a member of Congress? Please let us know here!