Alaska just took its brutal war against the polar bear to a new level.
The state was already in court to strip federal protection from the polar bear, but last week it launched a new attack — on the bear’s habitat. It filed a legal notice to strike down the federal government’s designation of a 120-million-acre polar bear reserve along Alaska’s northern coast.
This is the largest imperiled species habitat reserve in history — bigger than 48 of the 50 states — and protecting it is essential to the survival of the polar bear.
The Center for Biological Diversity has just a few weeks to prepare to beat back Alaska’s new antiwildlife lawsuit, and we need to raise the funds now to do it. Please, help us save the polar bear and the largest habitat reserve in history: Donate today to our Endangered Species Action Fund. A Center donor will triple-match any gift made by Dec. 31, so your donation will be worth three times as much.
The Center has been leading the charge to save polar bears since 2005. We got the majestic white bears placed on the federal list of “threatened species,” we stopped oil drilling in their habitat and we won the 120-million-acre habitat reserve earlier this year.
We’ve been fighting for years to stop Alaska’s bid to strip federal protection from the polar bear. And with your help today, we’ll be in court again in just two months to stop the state’s effort to eradicate the bears’ habitat reserve as well.
Help us win the looming legal battle to save the polar bear’s habitat by making a generous emergency gift to our Endangered Species Action Fund by the end of the year. Now is the best time to do it, since a Center supporter will make your gift worth three times as much by triple-matching donations made by Dec. 31.
The Center doesn’t spend its money mailing wolf and polar bear plush toys. We don’t offer calendars and tote bags. We spend our members’ donations protecting endangered species, period. And we win: Our 93 percent success rate in the courts is unparalleled in the environmental movement. So is our protection of more than 500 species and 230 million acres of wildlife reserves.
Unfortunately, Alaska isn’t the only one attacking polar bears. Last week Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made two stunning decisions that could drive the polar bear extinct if we don’t stop him as well.
In lock-step with Bush administration policies already struck down by the courts, first Salazar opened up huge areas of polar bear habitat to offshore oil drilling — despite the devastating spill impacts we saw in the Gulf of Mexico — and then he refused to upgrade the polar bear’s legal status from “threatened” to “endangered.” Withholding full protection from the polar bear gives Salazar an excuse for not stopping fossil fuel pollution from coal-fired power plants that are driving the species extinct.
But with your generous support and our 20-plus years of winning life-saving results for endangered wildlife, the Center will take on Alaska and Salazar at the same time, saving the polar bear and its precious, disappearing habitat.
P.S. Your generous gift truly makes a difference when you give to the Center and keep our expert staff on the front lines of the most critical battles for the survival of species — like the polar bear in Alaska. For only the next four days, a Center donor will match your gift, making it worth three times as much. Please give to our Endangered Species Action Fund by Dec. 31 and encourage your friends and family to join this life-saving, planet-saving effort.
P.P.S. If you prefer to make your gift by mail, send a check to the Center for Biological Diversity, PO Box 710, Tucson, AZ 85702 — or to give by phone, call toll-free 1-866-357-3349 x 316. Thank you for your support.
Polar bear photo by Pete Spruance.
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Center for Biological Diversity
P.O. Box 710
Tucson, AZ 85702
Believe it or not, feeding squirrels is a fun and entertaining past-time for many who enjoy natures’ critters and backyard birding. As long as bird feeders are equipped with proper squirrel deterrents, everything’s usually good!
Fun squirrel feeders range from munch box type, where the little guys must open the lid for the prize, to the big, glass jars they enter, and the kind made for corn cobs and squirrel logs – which are long-lasting compressed corn.
The Squngee Feeder is a hysterical bungee cord squirrel feeder made for using corn cobs or the logs. In frigid weather with snow and wind, we’ll smear gobs of peanut butter right on the cobs. Yes, peanut butter is a special and yummy treat for the furry critters. It provides extra energy to help them stay warm through its high fat and protein content. Any squirrel feeder accommodating corn cobs may be adapted this way. The giant tubs of peanut better are found at warehouse-type retailers like Sams or Costco and are relatively inexpensive when purchased in the industrial size. It can even be applied directly to tree bark, offering feathered friends a nutritious treat as well.
Peanuts are also an excellent choice which may be purchased in bulk at most “feed & seed” stores. Squirrels love them, and again, they offer an excellent source of energy to help furry friends stay warm. If you know what and where to get bulk ingredients like these for your squirrel feeders, you’ll have fat and happy squirrels all winter long without breaking the bank!
It’s been a wild ride, and the holiday sales have been good. It’s wonderful to know that so many wild birds and squirrels will actually be having a very Merry Christmas too! Lots of birdhouses were packed, along with cool peanut feeders and many a finch bird feeder too. Many gifts were wrapped (free of charge) and personal attention went along with every order in the form of a hand written note, and expedited service. There’s something to be said about patronizing smaller businesses…it’s become a thing of the past, a forgotten art, if you will.
One customer emailed this note to us: “Thanks for the follow up email- you have very good business ethics, and I appreciate it very much. Enjoy your holidays and thanks again. patty” While others showed their appreciation with emails like this:
“Hi Beth, What wonderful customer service. You reminded me why it’s so important to shop with small, personal businesses. I’m sure Patti will love her gift (we couldn’t stop laughing when we saw it online). Thank you so much for wrapping it. Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas season.
Yes, it’s been a good season, and we truly appreciate all of our customers, old and new.
We’d like to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year!