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Defenders of Wildlife produces many reports, fact sheets, tip sheets and other types of publications.

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Nearly 40 years ago, Congress made an unprecedented commitment to preserve all species by passing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) This visionary conservation law saves imperiled plants and animals from extinction and protects vital habitat that provides us with clean water, food, medicines and other valuable products and services.
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) doesn't just prevent individual species from going extinct. As our nation's most far-reaching wildlife conservation law, it protects the entire web of life that sustains us all. Though often hard to quantify, the benefits derived from conserving wildlife habitat and imperiled species reach every single one of us. We rely on innumerable plants and animals for medicine, jobs, recreation, clean water and abundant natural resources. By safeguarding critical wildlife habitat and creating a healthy environment, the ESA also ensures America's long-term prosperity. Read more about the economic benefits of the ESA in this report: "The Endangered Species Act: Bang For Our Buck."
Signed into law in 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) aspires to prevent extinction, recover imperiled plants and animals, and protect the ecosystems on which they depend. For a basic overview of what the ESA does, read this Endangered Species Act primer.
The Fish and Wildlife Service urgently needs to better understand and incorporate climate change and sea level rise implications into its land acquisition planning to avoid investments that will ultimately be literally underwater.
Fiscal Year 2014 budget priorities as outlined by Defenders of Wildlife and other green group organizations.
Shark identification guide including fins, for the region of the Atlantic in South America.
Shark identification guide including fins, for the region of the Pacific in South America.
Shark identification guide including fins, for the region of Mexico, Central America and the Pacific.
This white paper explains the problems with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's recent decision to not list the dunes sagebrush lizard and recommends improvements to Service regulations and procedures to address these problems. Our recommendations are extremely relevant to the upcoming decisions on whether to list the lesser prairie chicken, greater sage grouse, and other species on the candidate list under the Endangered Species Act.
Use this ID card to learn how to identify wolverines and the tracks they leave behind.

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