These are folks helping in any way they can to better the quality of life for Wild Animals and Marine Life. Take a look and see if you'd like to help some or even just one. Let's see what we can do...

 

What is Noah's Ark?

 

Noah's Ark is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Animal Sanctuary dedicated to bringing children and animals together with the purpose of providing unconditional love, unconditional service and a future full of hope.

Noah's Ark has over 1,500 animals with 100 different species and it costs $33,000 per month to feed and care for the animals.

Noah's Ark is a 250 acre sanctuary for abused, unwanted and neglected animals. A beautiful "park like" setting with paved pathways to bring your family and enjoy an afternoon out. We have a beautiful picnic area and playground. Wear your walking shoes, pack a lunch and come spend the day with us!

Noah's Ark never charges admission to come and see the animals, however we do accept and appreciate donations to help feed and care for the animals.

We're located at ...

712 LG Griffin Road, Locust Grove, GA 30248-4317
Phone: 770-957-0888 

http://www.noahs-ark.org/About-the-Sanctuary/What-is-Noahs-Ark


 

Barking Up the Right Tree: Washington's Karelian Bear Dog Program

Guest Commentary by Bob McCoy, MLF Volunteer
Field Representative, Sammamish, Washington

Where cities meet wildlands, crossing the boundary can often make the difference between life and death for a mountain lion. We all know that mountain lions are often shot and killed to insure public safety when they wander across this unmarked boundary following prey such as deer or raccoons, in search of water, or when challenged out of their territory by a parent or competing lion. Bill Hebner, a Captain in the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) envisioned and implemented an alternative that allows authorities to relocate some cougars back to the wild: Karelian Bear Dogs.

The communities of Sammamish and Issaquah lie along what wildlife biologists call the wildland-urban interface - often abbreviated as WUI - as does much of Washington State. The WUI is a line that loosely defines where nature and wildlife meets urban or suburban development. Occasionally, wildlife wanders across the line, gets lost, and attracts attention.

WDFW Captain Bill Hebner and the Department's 6 Karelian Bear Dogs.
WDFW Captain Bill Hebner and the Department's Six Karelian Bear Dogs.

We have all seen articles stating, "Authorities kill wild animal for public safety." Most of us (statistics are with me on this) ask, "Why didn't they relocate the animal? Why did they kill it?"

Captain Bill Hebner of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife has pondered that same question over the many years he has served in wildlife enforcement. Bill's current jurisdiction of North Puget Sound consists of King, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island, and San Juan counties. Before taking charge of fish and wildlife enforcement in this area, Bill helped to establish WDFW's Statewide Special Investigation Unit in the mid '80s and also worked to solve interstate and international wildlife crimes.

In the early '90s, Bill's undercover investigation into illegal harvesting and selling of steelhead, salmon, and sturgeon led to the conviction of several dozen fishermen and fish-buying businesses which were breaking the law and endangering these species for a tidy profit.

Reconditioning is essentially reinforcing a wild animal's natural fear of humans enough that the animal can recognize the boundaries of human habitation and stay clear of those dangers. How does one 'recondition' a bear or cougar? Dogs! After seeing the success of a Karelian bear dog used by a department biologist, Captain Hebner studied how the dogs worked in other parts of the world to improve enforcement and public safety situations. He established the program in WDFW's Enforcement Division, and is largely responsible for advocating and sustaining the Karelian bear dog program in Washington, the first in the United States.

WDFW Officers Team Up
WDFW Officer and KBD watch a bear climb a tree in the distance.
WDFW Officer Chris Moszeter and KBD partner Savute eye a bear in a tree following release.

Over the first four years the program has grown to six working dogs, all still working as of June 2012. The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife maintains a website for the Karelian Dog Program, but the program itself is funded entirely by donations.

The Wind River Bear Institute breeds and gives early training to the dogs. The Institute then pairs the Karelian Bear Dog with an enforcement officer for life. Officers are screened and matched with the dog that best fits their personal needs. (See sidebar).


 

OFA Working for Oregon Falconers!

Over the past several years the OFA has accomplished some very important things for Oregon falconers to make falconry better and keep the sport safe into the future.

  • Founded on 1977
  • Short Description
    WELCOME to OFA! We are a group of dedicated individuals from across Oregon that are hunting game with trained raptors.
  • Company Overview
    We work to keep falconry legal and thriving in Oregon by working with falconers from around the state and the Oregon Departm... See More
  • Mission
    The purpose of the Association is to provide a statewide organization for all individuals who work with and love birds of prey. To improve, aid and encourage competency in falconry and raptor management within the state. To represent the interests of its members with state and federal wildlife agencies in matters affecting raptors and falconry in Oregon. To promote the study of reportorial species in Oregon, their care, welfare and training.
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Another resource: http://www.mikesfalconry.com/


Welcome

The International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) is one of the world's leading otter charities. In the UK IOSF is the only charity solely dedicated to the conservation, protection and care of otters based on 20 years of scientific research in the UK and around the world.

Otter numbers in the UK have increased slightly in recent years but the Eurasian otter is still classed as “Vulnerable” in the Red Data List. Through education, research, influencing policy and partner working the IOSF is making progress but there is still much to be done here in the UK and other countries where otters are at risk.

Your support is greatly appreciated and the donations you make help secure a better future for otters in the UK and around the world.

 To read more and help them out: http://www.otter.org/




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WildEarth Guardians

It's your actions and support that enables Guardians to safeguard wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health of the American West.

By joining us today, we are merging our efforts to create a better future for the best of the American West's wildlife and wild places. Here are a few of Guardians' strategic top priorities you are now a part of:

Defending Wolves: If anti-wolf agitators have their way, wolves will continue to be shot, poisoned, trapped, and persecuted in all but a few tiny enclaves in the west. With your support, we will continue litigation to return wolves to full Endangered Species Act protections and advance consideration of wolf reintroductions. At the same time, we will reach out continuously to win new hearts and minds for wolves and shift public opinion. We will advance our vision of hearing wolf howls behind every hill and across every valley spanning the Spine of the Continent.

Securing Endangered Species: The Interior Department has historically failed to effectively implement the Endangered Species Act. Our historic 2011 Endangered Species Act settlement agreement, which requires action on more than 850 imperiled species, is a major step towards solving a dimension of this problem. Still, the acceleration of the global loss of biodiversity is wiping species off the planet at 1,000 times the natural rate of species disappearance. We want this to change.

Fossil Fuel Free Public Lands: The threat of oil and gas fracking is, unfortunately, mounting. In addition, closing coal-fired power plants and the mines that supply them remains amongst our highest priorities. Our creative and relentless federal lawsuits have created financial liabilities for public utilities that own and operate coal plants, fracking fields, and mining operations. Our historic success and recent expansion in fighting fracking is setting us up to advance a comprehensive and successful campaign that leads to fossil free public lands.

Thank you for being a Guardian. Tell your friends and family about us. You can also visit our website to sign up to join our monthly donor club, the Wild Bunch, and receive action alerts, victory updates, VIP tickets to events, invites to quarterly calls with me and more.

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Our Mission

WildEarth Guardians protects and restores the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health of the American West. We have four programs focusing on wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and climate and energy.

Our main office is located at: 516 Alto Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501 phone 505.988.9126 fax 505.213.1895  http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about#.VANzXmMQJgg





SEATTLE GOOSE KILL

PHOTO GALLERY & VIDEOCLIP

Photos courtesy of Bob Chorush

Videoclip from PETA

WARNING: You may be disturbed by some of these photos and videoclip. Please click the BACK button of your browser to return to our Home page if you'd rather leave this page now.

The USDA was the agency that conducted the gassing of the geese.

Gas chambers are connected to the truck in preparation for the slaughter.

 

Nets and other implements used for the goose round-up.

 

Carbon Dioxide tanks used to gas the geese.

 

Geese rest on dock and graze on grass, completely unaware that they will soon be caught and stuffed into boxes to be suffocated to death, all for the "crime" of pooping, something that all God's creatures do, including you and me. They're unable to fly as they're shedding their flight feathers during the molt.

 The geese were caught and stuffed into these gas chambers and the carbon dioxide turned on, suffocating them. They struggled and suffered and died a horrible death. Look closely at the base of the gas chamber. You can see their feathers sticking out from the bottom, evidence of the brutality they were subjected to.


PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEOCLIP OF GEESE BEING ROUNDED UP AND GASSED

To read more: http://www.hallofshame.lovecanadageese.com/photos.html


The International Rhino Foundation

 International Rhino Foundation

During the late 1980s, Zimbabwe’s black rhino populations were decreasing at an alarming rate due to intense, organized poaching. In 1989, a group of concerned individuals and institutions founded the International Black Rhino Foundation to assist in the conservation of black rhinos in Zimbabwe both through efforts in the wild and in zoos. In part, because of the International Black Rhino Foundation’s support, poaching was virtually eliminated and black rhino populations began to stabilize. In most areas throughout the species’ range, black rhino populations now are slowly increasing.

RHINO POACHING EPIDEMIC CONTINUES IN AFRICA

So far this year, South Africa – home to the majority of the world’s rhinos - has lost more than 260 rhinos to poaching, which suggests that 2011 will exceed the record 333 lost in 2010.

 To read more, adopt or help: http://www.rhinos-irf.org/about/



9 ways to celebrate and help save the imperiled bear


February 27th is International Polar Bear Day. Take a moment to celebrate these bears and learn a bit more about them.

Polar bear on ice by Mark Wexler 02-23-2010 // NW Staff

 
1. Speak up for America's polar bears

Polar bears in the Hudson Bay are in danger of dying out completely as global warming melts away the ice they depend on to hunt for food. Speak up to ensure the Clean Air Act can help these bears!

2. Read all about it

Learn about polar bears at NWF's Wildlife Library, then find out how the bears are coping with global warming (hint: not well).

3. Bake "cubcakes"

Get step-by step directions for creating adorable (and delicious!) polar bear cupcakes.

4. Adopt a polar bear

Adopt your very own polar bear (symbolically, of course!) and help change the forecast for wildlife.

5. Get crafty with this polar bear snow gauge

Try out this quick and easy polar bear snow gauge craft, a perfect project for a snow day home with the kids.

6. Plant a tree

Express your love of the Earth and hope for its future with this Adopt-an-Animal polar bear ornament.

 

7. Immerse yourself in an intimate portrayal of one polar bear's life

Wapusk: White Bear of the North includes images from acclaimed wildlife photographer Dennis Fast, showing the life of one majestic bear in the Arctic north.

8. Send an eCard

Our free polar bear e-card allows you to wish all your friends "Happy Polar Bear Day!"

9. Make a donation to NWF

Day in and day out, NWF works to protect polar bears and other imperiled animals. Please support NWF by making a donation today!

 To read more or help: http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/Animals/Archives/2010/Polar-bear-day.aspx

 

 

Who We Are

The Pacific Region host a vast array of migratory birds simply due to  an incredible variety of habitats, from oceans to deserts, isolated alpine meadows to tropical islands. Within the continental United States, approximately 620 species of migratory birds occur regularly within our region.  In addition, approximately 200 species occur in Hawaii, the U.S. territories and commonwealth in the Pacific Islands.  Our area supports 10 out of 29 important shorebird staging areas (resting and fueling areas for migrant shorebirds) in the United States including three of hemispheric and three of international significance.  Our mainland mountains, valleys, deserts, and river corridors are home to a tremendous diversity of land birds, some of which occur only in the Pacific Region such as the Yellow-billed Magpie and White-headed Woodpecker.  Hawaii and the other Pacific Islands have their own unique suites of species found nowhere else in the world, such as the brightly-colored Honeycreepers.

We provide leadership in migratory bird conservation in the Pacific Region aby providing implementation support to many partnership efforts including the Pacific Flyway Council, North American Waterfowl Management Plan and associated Joint Ventures, Partners in Flight, Shorebird Conservation Plan, Colonial Waterbird Plan, and the North American Bird Conservation Initiative.  We also issue permits for scientific collecting and other educational uses of birds under the auspices of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Our region falls within the Pacific Flyway, a major migration route for waterfowl in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the early 30's, waterfowl biologists used band returns and other information dating back to the early 1900's to help identify primary waterfowl migration routes, such as the Pacific Flyway, which link breeding grounds in the north to more southerly wintering areas.

In partnership with the Pacific Flyway Council, a consortium of state wildlife agencies, we work with the States to meet migratory game bird population goals established within Pacific Flyway Management Plans and to set hunting regulations based on data from waterfowl surveys and other available sources of information on migratory game bird populations.  

Migratory Bird Programs by State

 To see more: http://www.fws.gov/pacific/migratorybirds/who_we_are.htm


Wildlife Penning

Home Page Pen Info Permit Info About Us Photos Videos In The News Links Help Us


Here is a brief video that we put together compiled using FWC and Alabama DNR information along with out own pictures. This details what a "real" fox-coyote enclosure is.


About Stop Wildlife Penning

As a family, we dealt with this issue in our backyard in Holt, Florida. We followed the necessary steps of contacting the Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC) to help, but found out wildlife penning was legal in the state of Florida as well as many other states. Wildlife penning involves the capture of foxes and coyotes who are then shipped across state lines and placed into 100-acre penned areas. Then, dozens of hunting dogs are released into the pen and scored on how fast they catch the prey. We have witnessed firsthand the pack mentality the dogs create when attacking a helpless animal.

With the help of numerous supporters, we have successfully shut down fox penning permanently in Florida! Now it's time to focus our attention on the other states that allow this practice to continue. Please read more at TrainingNotTorture.org.

1. www.TrainingNotTorture.org

2. Wildlife Penning should not be considered hunting.

3. This cause is neither anti-hunting nor anti-gun.

4. We must arise to the occasion and stop this once and for all!

Donations Go To

EMERALD COAST WILDLIFE REFUGE INC
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit (EIN: 59-3286744)



 
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BAN ON WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES UNDER THREATread more >>  

© Captive Animals’ Protection Society

The Coalition Government is wavering on whether to introduce a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. Despite the overwhelming public support for an outright ban during the DEFRA public consultation exercise earlier this year, Animal Welfare Minister Lord Henley is said to be considering proposals from the circus industry for a system of "self-regulation".

HELP US TO STOP ANIMALS SUFFERING AT THE HANDS OF POACHERS!read more >>  

The poaching of wildlife is a multi-million pound industry, rivalling the illegal trade in arms or drugs. Elephants and tigers have been hunted for decades for their valuable tusks and skins. But now there is another threat to wildlife across the globe - the growing international trade in wild animal flesh, or "bushmeat".

If you'd like to help: http://www.careforthewild.com/default.asp?S_ID=1&pageName=Home&subPage=default.asp


Learn about a few of Oregon's native species that need our help!


Native Fish and Wildlife Profiles

About Oregon Wild


BigBottom.BobHolmstrom.jpgOregon Wild (formerly the Oregon Natural Resources Council or ONRC) has been instrumental in securing permanent legislative protection for some of Oregon’s most precious landscapes, including nearly 1.7 million acres of Wilderness, 95,000 acres of forests in Bull Run/Little Sandy watersheds (to safeguard the quality of Portland's water supply) and almost 1,800 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers.  As a leader of the national grassroots charge for conservation of roadless areas in our national forests, Oregon Wild helped secure administrative protections for more than 58 million acres of spectacular road less areas across the country.
















If you'd like to know more: http://www.oregonwild.org/about

 


Sea Shepherd's Mission Statement

Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.

To get involved: http://www.seashepherd.org/get-involved/


In Defense Of Animals

IDA Mission Statement

Our mission is to end animal exploitation, cruelty, and abuse by protecting and advocating for the rights, welfare, and habitats of animals, as well as to raise their status beyond mere property, commodities, or things.


Dr. Elliot Katz and Tyrone

Dear Friend of Animals,

You can’t imagine the shock I felt when I first came face to face with the horrors that were befalling millions, in some cases billions, of animals in our nation’s laboratories and fur and factory farms ... our nation’s puppy mills.

  • Playing key role in the relocation of Maggie the elephant to a sanctuary in California from the Alaska Zoo.
  • Liberating 40 dolphins off the coast of Japan when IDA investigator Ben White swam underwater to cut the nets that imprisoned them.
  • Closing the infamous Coulston Foundation, once the largest chimpanzee research center in the world, saving hundreds of chimpanzees and monkeys from the horrors of vivisection.
  • Securing the transfer of eleven bonnet macaque monkeys – the subjects of cruel alcoholism and maternal separation experiments at the University of Colorado – to a Texas sanctuary.
  • Preventing the U.S. Army from breaking the legs of 120 retired racing greyhounds.
  • If you'd like to help: http://www.idausa.org/about.html


The population of Sumatran tigers in the wild is estimated to be only three hundred to five hundred.  The Sumatran tiger is the only subspecies left in the Indonesian islands. The last Bali tiger is believed to have been shot in 1937. The last Javan was probably killed in 1984. Left unchecked, one man’s damage could have played a critical role in wiping out a whole species.

Tiger habitat in Sumatra is being lost to agriculture, as more forest is being converted to palm oil production. Gunung Leuser National Park is where the largest population of 110 lives, but much tiger habitat there is still unprotected.  Its hard to say even with potentially five hundred tigers left in the wild if that is enough genetic diversity to sustain a wild population. Inbreeding could eventually weaken the species to the point where it is very vulnerable to disease. Some zoos are currently involved in the efforts to save the species from extinction. The Melbourne Zoo just reported May 13th, they have four healthy new Sumatran tiger cubs. (If you visit their page, watch the video too.)  Another hopeful event was the capturing of extremely rare footage of Sumatrans in the wild this year.

Visit the Sumatran Tiger Trust website to find out what you can do help. http://www.tigertrust.info/sumatran_tiger_home.asp

 


Wildlife Alert

Vote for Our Great Outdoors


Lynx Kits (FWS / Maine DIFW)

 Pristine habitat is essential to the survival of imperiled lynx and other wildlif



Lynx. Wolves. Polar bears.

Each of these wondrous, imperiled animals relies on America’s great outdoors to survive… and they are all counting on you to speak out and vote in an unprecedented effort by federal officials to collect citizen input on the management and preservation of America’s great wild spaces. In response to the Obama Administration’s Great Outdoors initiative, Defenders of Wildlife’s staff of experts has put together a series of ideas, and we need your vote to make them a reality.

Help wildlife conservation be one of the top 10 ideas for America’s Great Outdoors!
Please register as a member of the Great Outdoors America Community and cast your vote for one of these great ideas (details voting instructions are listed below this list):


Idea #1: Protect and Restore Ecosystems that are Resilient to Climate Change.

To assist fish, wildlife and other natural resources and human communities to adapt to climate change, any initiative must include the conservation of large, connected landscapes to help build resiliency.

Polar bear (USFWS) The decisions we make today may well determine the fate of imperiled polar bears, lynx, wolverines and other animals threatened by climate change.

Vote for this Idea >

Idea #2: Focus Federal Resources on Key Places.
Whether it’s the treasured watershed of the Chesapeake Bay or Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada Mountains that provide most of California’s water supply, some places
due to their ecological importance or their iconic status are of key importance to the nation. The administration’s approach to conservation should focus on these key landscapes into which we will make our biggest investment.

Bald Eagle (USFWS) Places like the Chesapeake Bay are home to bald eagles and other quintessential American wildlife. 

 Vote for this idea >

Idea #3: National Wildlife Refuges are an essential part of America’s Great Outdoors.
Research shows that these refuges and efforts on nearby private and public lands have been essential to our success in restoring and conserving ducks and other waterfowl. The Refuge System should be at the center of this administration’s Great Outdoors conservation initiative, through the creation of new refuges and expanded support for existing refuges.

Canvassback Duck (USFWS)

Our National Wildlife Refuges provide essential habitat for ducks and other waterfo

To Vote:  http://ideas.usda.gov/ago/ideas.nsf/0/9737E83C1420249E86257789006A1A1A

 



About ADI

Mission Statement:

The objects of ADI are to educate, create awareness, and promote the interest of humanity in the cause of justice, and the suppression of all forms of cruelty to animals; wherever possible, to alleviate suffering, and to conserve and protect animals and their environment. We are opposed to violence or intimidation whether directed at humans or other animals.

Background: With offices in Los Angeles, London and Bogota, Animal Defenders International (ADI) is a major international force for animal protection, working at regional, national and international levels to protect animals and the environment.  ADI has succeeded through precision-led undercover investigations and scientific reports, to secure greater legal protection for animals.  Lobbying on issues such as animals in entertainment; animals used in experiments and the funding of alternatives; worldwide traffic in endangered species; vegetarianism; factory farming; pollution and conservation; ADI is changing humanity’s perspective on the way we view the other species that share our planet.  ADI organizes international animal rescues of animals in distress.

How we work: We conduct investigations of animal use in industry and commerce, gather evidence and assist authorities with the prosecution of law-breakers when appropriate; we publish scientific and technical reports; produce parliamentary briefings; educational materials for schools and colleges; lobby for laws to protect animals.

Donate

In an historic world first, ADI are currently rescuing an incredible 25 lions from eight circuses in Bolivia. Accompanied by the Bolivian authorities, the ADI team travelled all over Bolivia seizing lions and other animals from shocking conditions in circuses. Please consider making a donation today. Malnourished, thin and dehydrated lions were found in tiny cages on wheels.  One circus had a staggering eight lions in a small cage, little bigger than two double beds, on the back of a truck.

To help or adopt: http://adirescuediary.com/


North American Bear Center

Mission

cub_in_den.jpg The mission of the non-profit North American Bear Center is to advance the long-term survival of bears worldwide by replacing misconceptions with scientific facts about bears, their role in ecosystems, and their relations with humans.

There is a huge need for accurate information about bears worldwide. 

Bears have been unfairly demonized for centuries.  Exaggerated perceptions of danger historically led to eradication campaigns using bounties, poison, trapping, and shooting.  All eight bear species around the world are now listed as vulnerable, threatened or endangered in all or portions of their ranges.  Remote habitats that once insured isolation and protection are now being occupied by people, and the attitudes of these people will determine the future of those populations. 

The Bear Center is dedicated to replacing misconceptions with facts worldwide.  It is also working to conserve bear habitat, stop poaching for bear body parts, rehabilitate injured and orphaned bears back to the wild, and implement methods to reduce conflict between humans and bears.

Keep up daily with the bears and help: http://www.bear.org/website/the-nabc/about-us/our-mission.html


Polar Bear Legal Defense Fund

Help save polar bears
from trophy hunters.
Donate today.
What do the Safari Club, the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the National Mining Association have in common?

They're all spending boatloads of money to ensure that polar bears can be killed by oil and gas drillers, hunters, and just about anyone else.

To do this they have to strip or bypass federal Endangered Species Act protections for the beleaguered polar bear. Though we're completely outgunned by the enormous sums of money these groups spend on lobbyists and lawyers, the Center for Biological Diversity won't let the Safari Club and its allies win.

Please donate to our Polar Bear Legal Defense Fund today so we can save the polar bear. If we can raise just one dollar for every $100 industry and lobby groups are spending to kill polar bears, we will definitely prevail.

The Safari Club is not your average hunting group. It boasts past presidents George W. Bush and George H. W. Bush, Idaho Governor Butch Otter, and Norman Schwarzkopf as lifetime members. It donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republican candidates. It was a close ally of Sarah Palin in her war on Alaska's wolves.

The Safari Club has filed two lawsuits to strip federal protection from the polar bear:
  • The first seeks to allow importation of polar bear heads and hides even though the species was listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act in 2008.
  • The second seeks to remove the polar bear from the threatened list altogether.

Why? Because at $40,000 a kill, polar bear hunting is big business -- and heavily promoted. Every year the Safari Club gives out a "Grand Slam" award to anyone who kills at least five great-bear species, including the polar bear. It is even accepting "Record Book" entries to encourage its members to kill the largest bears possible.

The Center has formally intervened in the Safari Club's lawsuits in defense of the polar bear, but we need your help to win both crucial legal battles. Please donate today to our Polar Bear Legal Defense Fund.


For the bears,

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity


White Tigers and all big cats in between.

The white lions and golden tabby tigers are merely a product of this practice of inbreeding for white coats as well and are not being bred for any sort of conservation program either. ALL white tigers are cross eyed, whether it shows or not, because the gene that causes the white coat always causes the optic nerve to be wired to the wrong side of the brain. To see a 5 minute video clip about the rescue of the white tiger on this page, some baby cubs and others click HERE.  Click to see the video called White Tiger Myth Buster.

 Not 
our cat Over the years many people have asked us to take white tigers off their hands, but in every case it was only so they could breed more babies to use, so we declined. For years we have railed against supporting facilities that breed and exhibit white tigers because of the abuse involved in producing them. White Tigers can ONLY exist in captivity by continual inbreeding, such as father to daughter, brother to sister, mother to son and so forth. The myth of the Rare White Bengal Tiger was an illusion meant to deceive the public into thinking that these cats were endangered and being preserved for future generations. The truth of the matter is that they aren’t even pure Bengal tigers, but rather are all the offspring of an original Siberian / Bengal cross breeding. The inbreeding results in many defects, early deaths, still births and, as could be expected, the cats are not very bright which is why they are preferred for entertainment purposes.

"White tigers are an aberration artificially bred and proliferated by some zoos, private breeders and a few circuses who do so for economic rather than conservation reasons."

Consider this: Only 1 in 4 tiger cubs from a white tiger bred to an orange tiger carrying the white gene are born white, and 80% of those die from birth defects associated with the inbreeding necessary to cause a white coat. Of those surviving, most have such profound birth defects, such as immune deficiency, scoliosis of the spine (distorted spine), cleft palates, mental impairments and grotesquely crossed eyes that bulge from their skull that only a small percentage are suitable for display. Due to these birth defects the white tigers often die an early death.  According to some tiger trainers, only 1 in 30 of those white cats will consistently perform. The number of tigers that have to be produced and disposed of in order to fill the public’s desire to see white tigers on display is staggering.

Big Cat Rescue has never taken in a white tiger before because we did not want to enable people to dispose of their “defective” cats and cause so much more suffering and abuse by having an easy dumping ground for the cats who didn’t serve them.

Every year we have to turn away hundreds of big cats. Please do not support those who breed these majestic animals for a life of cruel confinement. No animal, especially a tiger, belongs in a cage. Carole Baskin, Founder Big Cat Rescue.

http://bigcatrescue.org/site/about-us/our-beliefs/petting-big-cats

                                                                       



Founded in 1947, Defenders of Wildlife is 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.

Mission

Defenders of Wildlife is a national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities.

Goals

We work to protect and restore America’s native wildlife, safeguard habitat, resolve conflicts, work across international borders and educate and mobilize the public. With so many threats, concerned citizens are coming to the defense of America’s wildlife, and Defenders of Wildlife is proud to be a leader in the fight to preserve our nation’s animals and plants for generations to come.”

If you'd like to help:

http://www.defenders.org/index.php

 


Wild Cat Haven...



We never dreamed . . . how our lives would change by this one small, spotted baby.
 We've come a long way from the naive folks who first brought BoBo home over eleven years ago. It's been a true hands on education and one few people would give up their lives to do. We do it because we owe BoBo and all the other wildcats a huge debt. Either captive-born or wild, each cat should be given the respect & dignity they deserve to remain wild at heart. They will never experience true freedom, but we will keep them safe from neglect & abuse for the rest of their lives. It's the very least we can do for these incredible animals that ask for so little and deserve so much."

If you'd like to help:

http://www.wildcathaven.org/AboutUs/aboutus.htm

 



National Wildlife Federation inspires Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.

Read more about our work to protect wildlife.

When you adopt an animal you get a certificate and a plush stuffed animal that reflects what animal you have adopted. They have dozens of Animals to choose from. These 3 are just a few. 

Penguin
Penguin
Penguins make the perfect gift…and penguin chicks are even better! Adopt a Penguin and help save these adorable creatures from global warming!
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Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard
Save this fabulous feline from poaching with this purrrfect gift and we’ll send super-cuddly Snow Leopard Mom-and-Cub plush 
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Polar Bear
Polar Bear
America’s polar bears face extinction in 50 years or less. Adopt a Polar Bear and help save these majestic creatures from global warming and arctic drilling.
What is Defenders’ mission? Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. We focus our programs on what scientists consider two of the most serious environmental threats to the planet: the accelerating rate of extinction of species and the associated loss of biological diversity, and habitat alteration and destruction. Long known for our leadership on endangered species issues, Defenders of Wildlife also advocates new approaches to wildlife conservation that will help keep species from becoming endangered. Our programs encourage protection of entire ecosystems and interconnected habitats while protecting predators that serve as indicator species for ecosystem health. How does my money donated for an adoption help wildlife? Defenders is proud of how carefully we spend your contributions to save America's wildlife. Please see our Annual Report, which shows that in 2006 Defenders allocated 88% of contributions received to program and support services and the remaining 12% to fundraising.

You may also want to download our Annual Report, know our Staff and Board of Directors, and learn about our commitment to diversity.

NWF NEAR YOU

Through our Regional Field Offices, we help people like you harness your love for special places to protect those locations and other resources like them.

We are joined in our effort to protect wildlife by our affiliated wildlife organizations located in 48 states and territories.

NEWS AND BLOGS

National Wildlife Federation provides resources for media through our Newsroom including press releases, fact sheets, and reports.

NWF President, Larry Schweiger, shares the NWF View on his blog with his own unique brand of storytelling. Larry also writes the NWF View column for National Wildlife magazine.

If you'd like to help:

http://www.nwf.org/       Or:  https://online.nwf.org/site/Ecommerce/?store_id=1681&VIEW_HOMEPAGE=true

 


   Baby Bison Arrive on the Prairie


American Prairie Reserve’s first bison calf of the season was recently born on the greening prairie of Northeastern Montana. Only hours after the newborn’s arrival, the mother, brought to American Prairie Reserve in 2006 as part of WWF’s bison reintroduction project, was using her hoof to help the calf stand up on all four legs.  Since the first calf, nine others have been born, bringing the total number of bison on American Prairie Reserve to 206.


WWF’s bison reintroduction project is a joint undertaking with American Prairie Foundation (APF).  We expect many more calves to be born in the coming months, adding to the ever-growing population of the herd on American Prairie Reserve. WWF is leading efforts to restore bison and other keystone species to the Northern Great Plains. By bringing together local communities, landowners, government, scientists, conservation experts and industry, we are achieving lasting results in the conservation and restoration of the region’s natural heritage. For Release: Apr 26, 201

WWF's mission statement:  WWF's mission is the conservation of nature. Using the best available scientific knowledge and advancing that knowledge where we can, we work to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth and the health of ecological systems by

  • protecting natural areas and wild populations of plants and animals, including endangered species;
  • promoting sustainable approaches to the use of renewable natural resources; and
  • promoting more efficient use of resources and energy and the maximum reduction of pollution.
http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2010/WWFPresitem16039.html

 


WSPA Needs Our Help With 400 Million Dogs Around The World...

 

Right now there are an estimated 400 million stray dogs around the world - dogs like the ones above, who are sick, suffering, abandoned and alone.  These dogs desperately need relief, and we're working to bring it to them, but we cannot do it alone.  We need your support now to make a difference for these dogs. The stray dog problem is a truly global issue - at this very moment there are millions of dogs on the streets, outside in all weather, with nothing to call home other than the bare dirty pavement.  Their food is whatever paltry scraps they can scavenge from dumps and trash cans, and they suffer from agonizing diseases and live in constant fear, as authorities attempt to control stray dog populations by mass shooting and poisoning. You can help us stop this suffering. With your support now we can continue bringing desperately needed veterinary care, spay and neuter services, and aid to tens of thousands of strays and create permanent changes in the way dogs are treated:

  • We're working to stop the cycle of uncontrolled breeding: We are training vets to spay and neuter dogs, and we are setting up mobile clinics with vital equipment and medical supplies to treat sick and injured dogs on the street.  Our projects are bringing relief to animals in places all over the world, from Costa Rica to Sierra Leone, India, and Nepal.
  • We're joining with local governments and authorities to introduce legislation that protects stray dogs:  Fear and misunderstanding can lead to inhumane methods of stray control, including mass shooting, poisoning, and electrocution.  We're spreading the message that these methods are not only extremely cruel, but also ineffective.
  • We're providing humane education to communities, governments and dog owners:  We're teaching people to treat both stray and pet dogs with the care and respect they deserve.  We're also encouraging owners to sterilize their dogs so that unwanted breeding does not lead to more strays.  With your support we'll keep reaching out to schools, government authorities and the public to make a difference for even more animals. 
Give what you can today - We're committed to stopping this suffering and ending this unnecessary cruelty, and we're depending on you to make this work possible.  Your gift will be put to use immediately to help stray dogs and other animals in need around the world.

Thank you again for all that you do for animals!

http://www.wspa-usa.org/

 


Help Endangered Sea Turtles


Sea turtles take a long time to mature and reproduce, making each individual important to the continued survival of these ancient ocean travelers. But sea turtle hatchlings can become confused by artificial lighting on nesting beaches and many never make it to sea. Those who do make it face drowning by the nets and razor-sharp hooks of irresponsible fishing practices -- and mothers ready to lay their eggs face the loss of vital nesting beaches due to development or rising sea levels. Without our help, sea turtles could be doomed to extinction. All sea turtles in U.S. waters are listed as threatened or endangered, and we’re working hard to save them from extinction:

  • Off America’s coasts… As Defenders of Wildlife’s head lawyer Bob Dreher reported last week, we’re determined to suspend bottom longline fishing in the Gulf of Mexico -- a practice that killed hundreds of imperiled sea turtles in 2006-2007. More than 45,000 Defenders supporters have joined the fight, signing our petition urging the National Marine Fisheries Service to act immediately to protect the Gulf’s dwindling sea turtle population.
  • Around the world… Defenders staff are working to prevent trade in imperiled sea turtles, so that our sea turtles have a shot at surviving for future generations to enjoy.
  • With your compassionate help, we can save the lives of sea turtles and help save them from extinction. Please make a tax-deductible contribution today to help save these beautiful sea creatures from being killed by harmful fishing practices and habitat loss.

Sea Turtle Plush


If you'd like to help: http://www.defenders.org/wildlife_and_habitat/wildlife/sea_turtles.php


International Wolf Center...



            

The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wild lands and the human role in their future. Learn more about our history, how we carry out our mission, our vision for the future. Our people, including our Advisory Panel, Board of Directors and staff strive to honor our values in their daily work. We welcome others who share our values to apply for employment or internship opportunities as they are available. We rely on financial and in-kind donations from our members, corporations and wolf enthusiasts around the globe. Our annual report details the highlights from our last year's operation.  Support our efforts to teach the world about wolves.

If you'd like to help:

http://www.wolf.org/wolves/index.asp

 




    Our Wildlife programs defend all wild animals, both captive and free, from cruelty and avoidable suffering, from exploitation, or from threats to their survival or well-being. Our work embraces all creatures, from backyard squirrels to black bears.

News & Resources


About Mike

Michael Markarian is the president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that lobbies for animal welfare legislation and works to elect humane-minded candidates to public office. In almost 15 years in the animal protection movement.

News & Culture

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Truth In Fur Labeling Act Passes Senate

The U.S. Senate last night gave final approval to H.R. 2480, the Truth in Fur Labeling Act, to provide a much-needed upgrade to the nearly 60-year-old federal fur labeling law. The House previously passed the bill in July, and it now goes to President Obama for his signature.

RaccoonDogPups The HSUS and HSLF have been advocating for years that a new national policy was needed to ensure accuracy and consistency in the labeling of fur-trimmed apparel, after our investigations found dozens of major designers and retailers selling unlabeled jackets trimmed with animal fur, some of it falsely advertised as “faux fur.” We stuck with it every step of the way, and are pleased to be one step closer to enacting this bipartisan law to protect consumers and animals.

Just one of his projects. If you'd like to help him help animals:

http://hslf.typepad.com/political_animal/news_culture/

 


Falconry....




Welcome to the pages of the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey.

Our organization is dedicated to the preservation of the ancient art of falconry, a hunting tradition defined as ' taking quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of trained birds of prey'.

Preserving falconry involves maintaining not only the traditional culture that builds practical skills of empathy with animals, but also the conservation of raptors and their prey through preservation of natural habitats. We therefore encourage falconry within the context of sustainable use of wildlife. We also promote ecological studies and veterinary research on birds of prey and, where appropriate, domestic breeding of raptors for falconry. Including such species as Peregrine falcons, Goshawks, Saker and Gyr falcons and all other species of raptors in whatever part of the world they may be used for falconry and hunting. In our site, you will find pages on the history of falconry  and its role in conservation, as well as details of how modern falconry is practiced. You can visit our extensive Global Membership list, and read about our worldwide activities in the IAF Newsletter.       

http://www.i-a-f.org/new/            

 

 


About the Cheetah

The world's fastest land animal, the cheetah, is a unique and the most specialized member of the cat family and can reach speeds of 70 mph. Unlike other cats, the cheetah has a leaner body, longer legs, and has been referred to as the greyhound of the cats. It is not an aggressive animal, using flight versus fight. With its weak jaws and small teeth, the price it paid for speed, it cannot fight larger predators to protect its kill or young. Read more (pour Français, cliquez ici).

Learn all there is to know about the cheetah, its habitat in Namibia and the work CCF is doing to save this magnificent cat. Take a Tour of our Education Center by clicking on one of the links below:

Click here to hear a cheetah chirpClick here to hear a cheetah purr
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Watch this National Geographic Video "Animal Mothers: Cheetah vs. Gemsbok."

To read more or would like to help: http://www.cheetah.org/?nd=home



Tortoise Protection Group...



The Tortoise Protection Group is a non-profit organisation founded in 2007.

Our site is dedicated to helping ensure the survival of tortoises in the wild by campaigning for a ban on the importation of tortoises for the commercial pet trade, and to promote high standards of husbandry to tortoise keepers in the UK.

With your help we can make a difference.

We are a group of volunteers striving to campaign against the importation of tortoises into the UK for commercial pet trade.  Please help and be assured that any donation gift, no matter how small, will be well spent working towards making a lasting difference for tortoises.  We rely on your generosity to help our cause.

If you'd like to help:

http://www.tortoise-protection-group.org.uk/site/1.asp

 


Make your year-end gift

For suffering animals around the world the last few days of 2010 will continue to be filled with fear, hunger and pain. But you can bring them hope. Your special year-end gift to WSPA can give them a new future – one that is free from cruelty and abuse. Make your year-end gift to WSPA now >>

2010: A year of animal welfare accomplishments

With 2010 coming to an end, WSPA would like to thank its donors and advocates for their ongoing support and dedication to helping animals.

Holiday cruelty: investigation exposes reindeer mistreatment

A WSPA investigation has revealed that one of the holiday’s most popular symbols – the reindeer – is being subjected to immense suffering in large-scale round-ups and slaughter in Sweden and Finland.

Chowti in Balkasar

Balkasar’s newest resident enjoys first taste of freedom

Chowti, the blind bear who was recently rescued from a life of bear baiting, has taken her first steps in a new life without cruelty

Fear of rabies renders dogs vulnerable to misdirected and needless cruelty

WSPA helps Nicaragua enact strict animal welfare laws

On December 2nd 2010, Members of Nicaragua’s National Assembly voted near unanimously to pass a law that includes some of the most stringent measures in animal welfare legislation in the world.

© Network for Animal Freedom 2009

How to shop fur-free this holiday season

Faux fur has no guarantee of being cruelty-free. As faux fur becomes more realistic-looking and real fur becomes harder to identify – because of increased use of dyes – WSPA has identified a few ways in which consumers can tell the difference between the two.

 If you'd like to see more and help: http://www.wspa-usa.org/

 


Donate Now

Help Save Polar Bears
Polar bear cubs (Photo: USFWS)

Without drastic action, this season's cubs could be among the last generations of U.S. polar bears.

Please donate now to stop Sen. Murkowski's dangerous amendment and save polar bears from a bleak future.

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Please help us raise $35,000 to help us stop Sen. Murkowski and her allies in Congress next week!



Nestled in their ice dens in northern Alaska, a new generation of polar bear cubs is just being born. In a few months, these newborns will emerge from their dens and face a new and challenging world outside.

Sadly, pro-polluter politicians, lobbyists and trophy hunters are planning a deadly future for these cubs.

Please make a donation today and help Defenders safeguard the lives of these infant cubs with our multi-pronged advocacy in Congress, in the courts and the international halls of power.

The threat to these cubs is urgent.
In Washington, DC, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is preparing to unleash a dangerous amendment as early as this week, authored by top polluter lobbyists, to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from fighting climate change -- even as polar bears in her state are literally drowning from the effects of global warming.
And in Alaska, Governor Sean Parnell and other officials are amassing a war chest of more than $1.5 million to hire lawyers and lobbyists to take away crucial protections for polar bears and other wildlife struggling to survive.  If they win, wealthy trophy hunters will be able to kill polar bears abroad and return with polar bear carcasses and other parts to adorn living rooms and trophy cases.

We have a plan to stop these vicious attacks on polar bears.

Please donate now to stop the politicians, lobbyists and trophy hunters -- and save future generations of polar bear cubs.

Defenders has a three-point plan to save these magnificent animals and their homes:
  • Defeat the harmful Murkowski amendment in Congress that stands in the way of real progress in the fight against global warming -- and pass critical legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions and provide programs to help these struggling bears.
  • Win in the courts against Gov. Parnell, Safari Club International and their allies to defend crucial protections for polar bears and the vital habitat they need to survive.
  • Stop the international trade in polar bears and their parts through CITES[1], the powerful international conservation agreement.

We can’t do any of this wildlife-saving work without the caring support of people like you. Will you donate today to help save our struggling polar bear cubs and other wildlife? Without drastic action, this season’s polar bear cubs could be one of the last generations in the United States [2]. And with sea ice well below average [3], their mothers will likely struggle to find adequate food to feed them in the coming year. But there is hope. With your help, we can stop the attacks on their future by polluter politicians, lobbyists and trophy hunters to ensure these cubs have a fighting chance at survival.

Please help save polar bears and other wildlife today.

Thank you for all you do.

Rodger Schlickeisen
Sincerely,
Rodger Schlickeisen, President Signature
Rodger Schlickeisen
President
Defenders of Wildlife

P.S. You can put your contribution to work immediately through our secure website. Or you can call 1-800-385-9712 to donate by phone.



Mountains, Sequoias, Bears

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For over 115 years, the Sierra Club has been fighting to preserve America’s wild legacy. In that time, we have successfully protected over 250 million acres of wildlands, home to the spectacular wildlife we expected to be safe for generations. But now, global warming threatens to undermine our hard fought victories.  

Animals like grizzly bears, salmon, lynx and panthers are facing a race for life as their food sources and habitat shrink or shift due to climate change. But by protecting important lands and migration corridors, reducing human impacts on their habitats and minimizing the impacts of global warming, we can help them adjust. Because without viable habitat they simply CANNOT survive!

We need YOUR help and support to make sure that our wildlife have the critical habitat they need to survive – now and for future generations. Please sign our petition today.


While these species have adapted in stunning and amazing ways, climate change is too big a challenge for them to face on their own.

But the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management are not adopting climate-smart policies that protect wildlife habitats and landscapes from the impacts of climate change.

We need you to tell these federal land management agencies to make this a priority. Please sign our petition!


With your help, we will continue the fight to preserve our wild legacy and fight to make the changes needed to protect our wildlife for the future.


Thank you for taking action,

Signature Bruce Hamilton


Bruce Hamilton

Sierra Club
85 Second Street, 2nd Fl.
San Francisco, CA 94105
membership.services@sierraclub.org
(415) 977-5653
http://www.sierraclub.org/

 


"FLAP" Fatal Flight Awareness Program


Each year in Toronto, over a million birds are killed
by colliding with buildings.


OUR MISSION: Working to safeguard migratory birds in the urban environment through education,

Why care if some birds die at human-built structures?  Many species of birds, especially the small insect-eaters, migrate at night. Guided in part by the constellations, they are attracted to lights shining from skyscrapers, broadcast towers, lighthouses, monuments and other tall structures. The birds either flutter about the light until they drop from exhaustion,  or actually hit the object.  Approximately half of the birds found die from their injuries suffered in the collision.  After collisions, many birds are just stunned and will revive in a couple of hours.  The role of FLAP: to publicize the problem and get tower staff, cleaning crews, security and management to turn off the lights at night and . For its conservation work FLAP has received a great deal of media attention, most notably coverage on CBC's "The Nature of Things". As awareness of the problem grows, FLAP plans to work with concerned groups in other cities to form similar organizations throughout North America, even around the world.


If you'd like to help:

http://www.flap.org

 


The SeaDoc Society works to ensure the health of marine ecosystems through research and education

We focus primarily on the inland waters of the Pacific Northwest, known as the Salish Sea. The Salish Sea includes:

  • Puget Sound
  • The Northwest Straits
  • The Georgia Basin

We also have new regional initiatives focused on marine ecosystem health in California and in Baja California, including efforts to clean up derelict fishing gear. The problems in our ecosystem are well known: Pollution and habitat degradation are increasing; native populations are declining and disappearing.

The SeaDoc Society provides solutions to problems facing marine wildlife and ecosystems

http://www.seadocsociety.org/what-we-do


Duck, Duck, Goose...Majestic Water Fowl.Org...

Donate to Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary

We are a non-profit organization, and none of us draws any kind of salary from our sanctuary. This means that we count on your donations to help us provide proper medical care and purchase supplies for the waterfowl that come into our sanctuary. The more assistance we get from you, the more assistance we can provide to the ducks and geese that so desperately need our help.

The ducklings and goslings most often purchased at Easter time are Pekins and Embdens. Ducklings and goslings mature rapidly -- in about 8-12 weeks. Many people who purchase ducklings and goslings in the Spring when they are tiny and fuzzy find out by Summertime that they grow into large birds that are far from low maintenance. Unable to properly care for them, most people simply find a local pond, creek, or waterway and drop the birds off there, mistakenly thinking they are doing them a favor by "setting them free" into their natural habitat. The flaw in such reasoning is that domesticated ducks are just that: domesticated. This means they do not have the genetic programming or the skills needed to survive for long in the wild. The critical difference between domesticated ducks and geese and their wild counterparts is they cannot fly. Because of this, most abandoned domesticated ducks and geese die within weeks of being dumped by their owners. Some are killed and eaten by predators, others die slowly of starvation, and others die of diseases contracted from resident wildlife. The lifespan of properly cared for domesticated ducks and geese is from 10-25 years. In fact, we know of a goose that is over 30 years old! If we find a duck or goose that is abandoned, we humanely capture it and bring it to our sanctuary for care and medical treatment. Once it is physically and emotionally healthy, we do everything we can to find it an appropriate and permanent home.

There are two ways to donate: Online using PayPal or by mail.

If you work at any of the companies listed below, they will match 100% of your donation!

If you'd like to help:

 http://www.majesticwaterfowl.org/donate.htm

 



Lending A Hand

Kate checks out a sea turtle patient at the NEAQ (Photo from The Cape Cod Times)

Our pools may not be ready to hold patients here at the National Marine Life Center quite yet, but that hasn’t stopped us from helping the New England marine life in need of rehabilitation. Our animal care technician Kate Shaffer spent two and a half weeks this December lending a helping hand to neighboring rehabilitation centers. The Kemp’s ridley turtles were hit particularly hard this season with over 200 stranding on Cape Cod beaches. The first stop for turtles in need of rehabilitation in Massachusetts is the New England Aquarium’s (NEAQ) Rehabilitation Center in Quincy, MA. Kate spent three days working with the NEAQ staff to provide care to the sea turtle patients.

Two Harbor Seal patients at UNE

Kate also spent two weeks working at the University of New England’s (UNE) Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center to fill in for a staff member on medical leave. UNE is currently rehabilitating six of the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles that stranded on Cape Cod. In addition there were four Harbor Seals in rehabilitation while Kate was working there. Having seen few pinnipeds while working in Florida, Kate took the opportunity to lean proper seal restraint, and become more familiar with pinniped rehabilitation techniques. She was even able to participate in her first seal release before heading back to the National Marine Life Center!
Kate had a wonderful time working with and getting to know the rehabilitation staff at our neighboring facilities. It is important that we all work together to help the animals in need! We are glad Kate was able to lend a helping hand but she is glad to be back at the NMLC and anxious to open our doors to patients right here on Cape Cod!

Lending A Hand

Our pools may not be ready to hold patients here at the National Marine Life Center quite yet, but that hasn’t stopped us from helping the New England marine life in need of rehabilitation. Our animal care technician Kate Shaffer spent two and a half weeks this December lending a helping hand to neighboring rehabilitation [...]

Feeding Time

Feeding Time

It’s always fun to watch animals eating, and the red-bellied cooter hatchlings are no exception.  Overwintering at NMLC as part of a MassWildlife headstart program to help the species recover, these endangered fresh-water turtles are fed a diet of red-leaf and romaine lettuce supplemented by “turtle vitamins” called ReptoMin®.  Food amounts are controlled and the [...]

About Us

The National Marine Life Center (NMLC) is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) rehabilitation and release hospital for the treatment of stranded sea turtles and seals, with future plans to expand to treat dolphins, porpoises, and small whales.  Our emphasis is to educate the public about the needs and status of these important animals and their environment, and to research their health needs and threats in captivity and in the wild.

If you'd like to help or read more:     http://nmlc.org/about/


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