Habitat Conservation

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

A CLEAR Win for Wildlife

U.S. House of Representatives votes to strengthen offshore drilling oversight

Cleaning oiled wildlife is a dirty, difficult job. But an even bigger challenge is creating effective conservation laws that prevent disasters like this in the first place—and that make a lasting difference for protecting imperiled species and habitats. So when the U.S House of Representatives passed the CLEAR Act on July 30, 2010, the victory represented years of dedicated efforts by Defenders of Wildlife’s science, policy and government relations experts.

Arctic Wildlife Gains Protections from Big Oil

Federal court halts Chukchi Sea development activities pending environmental review

On July 21, 2010, a federal judge suspended oil and gas drilling activities associated with Chukchi Sea Lease Sale 193 because the government did not undertake a proper analysis of the potential consequences of drilling in the ecologically sensitive area.

Defenders Speaks Out Against Izembek Refuge Road Proposal

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Defenders' president, Jamie Rappaport Clark, speaks out against a proposed road that would cut through the ecological heart of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, in Alaska.

A Win for Colorado Habitats Damaged by Off-Highway Vehicles

State Parks Board increases opportunities for habitat restoration funding

In July 2010, in a 5-0 vote, the Colorado State Parks Board approved sweeping changes to the Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Grant Program that will give habitat restoration and law enforcement proposals the opportunity to receive a portion of the funds collected from OHV registration fees.

Defenders activists were also instrumental in achieving this success—our supporters sent almost half of the 6,000 messages submitted in favor of the reforms.

Conservation groups defend Cape Hatteras National Seashore

New National Park Service rule protects visitors & wildlife, allows responsible beach driving

Joel Sartore’s ‘Biodiversity Project’ on NBC

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The goal of the Biodiversity Project is simple: to show what’s at stake, and to get people to care, while there’s still time to save them.

Worth Defending: Arctic Fox

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Living doesn’t come easy on the tundra. But this furry fox with a bushy blanket for a tail finds the frigid habitat fitting. Big paws of dense fur keep the fox from crashing through crusty snow as it listens for the lemmings and voles tunneling below. Hearing a scurry or a squeak, the Arctic fox nabs its prey beneath the snowpack with a dramatic pounce and paw punch.

Taking a Hike: Joining the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition

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Check out footage from Defenders' Laurie Macdonald as she joins the crew from the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition for a segment of their 100-day, 1000-mile journey through some of the state's most wild places.


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