In 1947, Defenders of Furbearers, the organization that would later become Defenders of Wildlife, was founded. We are one of the country's leaders in science-based, results-oriented wildlife conservation. We stand out in our commitment to saving imperiled wildlife and championing the Endangered Species Act, the landmark law that protects them.
We have numerous field offices that deal specifically with the wildlife species that inhabit the states or regions in which our staff is located. We also make a point to work with in-state partners and local conservation organizations around the country and visit important sites to get a first hand look at the wildlife and lands we protect.
Defenders of Wildlife is a national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities.
We work to protect and restore America's native wildlife, safeguard habitat, resolve conflicts, work across international borders and educate and mobilize the public.
Our rapid development and expansion is a testament to Defenders of Wildlife’s commitment to our mission and our efforts to give our members and the wildlife they long to preserve a voice in the field and in the halls of Congress.
Now, the Senate is our last chance to stop these anti-wildlife attacks hidden in a must-pass bill intended to keep the federal government running.
It contains a terrible provision that would eliminate Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies.
And the bill slashes substantive conservation funding streams like those feeding the Land and Water Conservation Fund and State Wildlife Grant programs, and takes a swipe at the vital Endangered Species Act. Among other things, this recklessness jeopardizes California's Bay Delta water supply.
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Our projects and research are funded by the contributions from our members, anonymous donors, and others. The work is carried out by many staff members and volunteers.
We all work together to get bills past, and to stop bills from being past. Such as the Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill, Global Warming Wildlife Survival Act, and Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act.
Process http://www.defenders.org/newsroom/press_releases_folder/2007/05_23_2007_bill_restores_funding_for_lands_and_wildlife_programs.php - Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill http://www.defenders.org/newsroom/press_releases_folder/2007/06_13_2007_defenders_applauds_committee_support_for_rahalls_global_warming_bill.php - Global Warming Wildlife Survival Act http://www.defenders.org/newsroom/press_releases_folder/2009/10_01_2009_senate_bill_betters_odds_for_sea_otter_survival.php - Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act
80% of our contributions are from grants and contributions from our members and anonymous donations.
We have over 150 staff members.
Members and supporters who volunteer countless hours working to improve our wildlife and wild lands.
Law firms, broadcast media outlets and others also generously donated their time and expertise to maximize growth .
90% of budget is spent on programs and support services to engage problems against our wildlife and habitats.
10% to fundraising.
More than a million members and supporters.
50 stories, big and small to illustrate our success.
Why we care: Our wildlife and wild places are disappearing - and we think it’s important to engage in protect them.
Why we organize: When people who share a common purpose connect, they can make big things happen. That’s a powerful thing.
http://www.defenders.org/take_action/community_activism/index.php?utm_source=B_Version_NoFlash&utm_medium=Top_Nav&utm_content=TA_Community&utm_campaign=HP_AB_Round2 Community Need
Current Need: To survive, jaguars - which are endangered in the U.S. - require an extensive range and the ability to travel through remote areas between the U.S. and Mexico. It’s a task made nearly impossible by hundreds of miles of new border walls, and these big cats may become extinct in the U.S. as a result.
Members of the House and Senate Subcommittees on Appropriations for Homeland Security are meeting to determine whether to mandate the construction of hundreds of miles of additional walls along the U.S.-Mexico border.
To help and send a letter to Homeland Security visit the site below.
https://secure.defenders.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1557 Help Save America’s Endangered Jaguars
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We aggrandize our research in the bills being passed everyday by Congress. We look to our members/volunteers, our employees, and our in-state partners to better impetus our improvement.
We work to educate and mobilize the public about imperative information for the protection of wildlife and habitats.