Happy Thanksgiving!

We’d like to wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

Today I received this email of thanks from Defenders of Wildlife, and it was good news:

Thanksgiving is Thursday, and we here at Defenders have a lot to be thankful for.

Beth, thanks to your efforts and support, here are just a few things we’ve accomplished this year:

Instead of facing another deadly hunting season this fall, wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies once again enjoyed protections under the Endangered Species Act.

Polar bears, bowhead whales and other Arctic wildlife won a reprieve from Big Oil’s drills in the Chukchi Sea.

And since Monday, more than 38,000 supporters have urged President Obama to continue to protect this special place and the wildlife that depends on it to survive.

Hundreds of prairie dogs were moved to a new home on the Great Plains — and away from the threat of poisoning.

In the wake of the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history, tens of thousands of Defenders supporters mobilized to pass the CLEAR Act in the House of Representatives — critical legislation to help reform offshore drilling and restore habitat in the Gulf — and nearly 30,000 supporters have urged the Senate to do the same.

But we’re most thankful for the people who made these and many other wins for wildlife — and all our work — possible: you and the hundreds of thousands of caring Defenders of Wildlife supporters.

Our wildlife still faces some enormous challenges. But with the ongoing support of dedicated supporters like you, we can face these challenges head on.

From all of us at Defenders, thank you for all you do to protect our wildlife and wild places.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Rodger Schlickeisen
Defenders of Wildlife

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