Defending Habitat

When habitats are threatened, so are the animals who live there.

Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems

Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems

More than 70 percent of the planet is covered by water. Marine and freshwater aquatic systems are home to an astonishing 90 percent of the Earth’s habitat by volume.

In our field offices and in the national and international arenas, we fight every day to ensure the survival of iconic marine species. By protecting these charismatic species, we also protect their marine and coastal habitats, as these species cannot survive and thrive except as interconnected parts of healthy and vibrant ecosystems.

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Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge, Delaware © Bob Miller
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Defenders in Washington, DC

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Where We Work

Blood in the Water: Threats loom large for our ocean wildlife

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by Mary Price

Shark Week shines a spotlight on the threats facing sharks and other ocean life, including the president's recent executive order calling for the “review” of several marine sanctuaries and marine monuments that could have dire impacts on ocean habitat.

California’s Monumental Distress

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by Kim Delfino

Seven of California's national monuments are under "review" as a result of President Trump's executive order leveling an all-out assault on our public lands.

The post California’s Monumental Distress appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Monumental Misdeeds

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by Mary Price

The Trump administration has declared war on twenty-seven of our national monuments in an unprecedented affront to our national and natural heritage and the wildlife that depend on these important lands and waters.

The post Monumental Misdeeds appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Trump’s Budget, a Complete Disaster for Wildlife and the Environment

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by Defenders of Wildlife

President Trump’s FY 2018 budget delivers on his much-anticipated and repeatedly touted draconian cuts to government programs and it is a disaster for our wildlife and the places they call home.

The post Trump’s Budget, a Complete Disaster for Wildlife and the Environment appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Time is Running Out to Preserve Bears Ears National Monument

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by Teagan Rostock

A recent Executive Order threatens to withdraw protections from Bears Ears National Monument and time is running out to speak out for this ecologically and culturally significant landscape.

The post Time is Running Out to Preserve Bears Ears National Monument appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Troubled Waters: Orca Month Celebrates Whales Past and Future

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Cindy Hansen (Orca Network); 360-223-5666; cindy@orcanetwork.org

                  D.A. Giles (Center for Whale Research); 360-378-5835; giles@whaleresearch.com

President Trump Orders Reversal of Ocean Protections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contacts:
Jennifer Witherspoon: (202) 772-0369, jwitherspoon@defenders.org
Catalina Tresky: (202) 772-0253, ctresky@defenders.org

New Executive Order Takes Aim at Our National Monuments

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by Mark Salvo

President Trump's new Executive Order directs Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to “review” national monuments designated since 1996.

The post New Executive Order Takes Aim at Our National Monuments appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

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