Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Defenders of Wildlife

Last week I was one of the 61,000 people who voted for the cover of 2009-2010 Defenders of Wildlife calendar.

The winner, with more than 22,800 votes, is the gorgeous photograph above by Jim Brandenburg!

"These adorable wolf pups will be featured on our next calendar and seen in more than 1 million homes, offices, classrooms, break rooms and other public areas. The calendar will serve as a powerful reminder to people all across America of the importance of protecting wolves and other amazing animals. Thank you!"

Donations have enabled Defenders of Wildlife to:

Launch emergency legal efforts in state court to stop Governor Sarah Palin’s helicopter assault on wolves near the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, near the area made famous by the 1890s Alaska Gold Rush. In just five days her hired gunmen killed 84 wolves. Ironically, the state ended its helicopter attacks just one day after they went to court.

Mobilize wildlife supporters to stop a senseless slaughter of Yellowstone’s famous wild bison. Defenders activists in Montana helped stop a bill in the state legislature that would have consigned more than 100 wild bison to their deaths.

Fight reckless fishing practices that kill threatened and endangered sea turtles. Almost 50,000 comments were generated to the National Marine Fisheries Service against deadly bottom longline fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Defenders of Wildlife