Here at Defenders, we love our wildlife and public lands, especially the National Wildlife Refuge System, the only federal lands system dedicated specifically to protecting wildlife and its habitat. Our staff work all over the country to advocate for some of our amazing refuges and the vital role they play in our conservation work.
Nothing says western wilderness quite like intact landscapes with grizzly bears and healthy streams with native bull trout. But a proposed mining project in northwest Montana threatens the habitat and survival of these species protected under the Endangered Species Act.
It’s fall in Alaska, and that means that a spectacular migration is in full swing. Each year, North American caribou undertake an epic journey from their breeding range to wintering grounds – one of the biggest large-mammal land migrations on Earth. But a changing climate and the threat of development could make this annual migration a challenge.
Wilderness status is among the highest levels of protection that the federal government can provide to a landscape, so wilderness areas are incredibly important habitat to conserve fish and wildlife long-term.
Last week, Defenders hosted our annual Wildlife Conservation Awards Dinner - a wonderful opportunity to gather with our Board, National Council, members of Congress and other supporters to celebrate Defenders’ accomplishments and to honor members of the conservation community.
This Saturday, September 26, is National Public Lands Day. This day of celebration invites Americans to enjoy the lands that belong to them, and even volunteer in projects to enhance public lands and resources.