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Stand Up for Alaska’s Wildlife

The Trump administration is pushing to reverse Obama-era regulations prohibiting inhumane hunting practices on National Park Service land in Alaska. These practices include killing wolves and coyotes — and their pups — during denning season; using artificial light at den sites to target black bears and their cubs; chasing and shooting caribou while they are swimming; and more. The proposed rule change would affect more than half of the land in Alaska and have a major impact on the state's wildlife. Please join Earth Island Advocates and Earth Island's Project Coyote in opposing the rule change. Voice your opposition by submitting a public comment by 11:59 p.m. EST on July 23, 2018.

Thursday June 14, 2018

Save the Date for the Brower Youth Awards

Earth Island Institute will present the 19th Annual Brower Youth Awards for environmental leadership on October 16. Come celebrate the next generation of environmental activists at San Francisco's beautiful Herbst Theater. This year's theme is "Grow the Movement," an expression of our support for the cultural and environmental warriors who are galvanizing change across the country. Tickets to the awards ceremony are FREE. You are also invited to meet the BYA winners at a special reception preceding the awards ceremony. Early bird rates for the reception are available now! Register for your free awards ticket and purchase your reception ticket today.

Thursday June 14, 2018

Check Out the Journal’s Summer 2018 Issue

The Summer 2018 issue of Earth Island Journal is now out on newsstands and online! The issue leads with a compelling essay about how the promise of citizen science lies not only in its contributions to research, but also in its ability to transform our relationships with the natural world. Other articles include a deeply reported feature on the many recovery roadblocks faced by the endangered Mexican grey wolf; a timely reflection on the just transition movement and its mainstream adoption; a dispatch from sub-Saharan Africa about a new invasive pest damaging crops at alarming rates; and an intriguing piece about how, tragic as it is, roadkill can help us understand more about creatures great and small. Subscribe to the Journal or buy a copy at the newsstands. Help us produce more deeply reported stories like these by making a donation to our Green Journalism Fund today!

Thursday June 14, 2018

Protect the Antiquities Act

Utah lawmakers have introduced legislation in the US House of Representatives to gut the Antiquities Act, the legislation allowing the president to designate areas as national monuments. If passed, the law would allow the president to un-designate national monuments, limit the size of future national monuments, grandfather in prior uses of protected lands, and ban the establishment of marine national monuments. Call and write your members of Congress urging them to oppose HR 3990 and stop the evisceration of the Antiquities Act. The International Marine Mammal Project and Shark Stewards are planning litigation should the Trump administration go forward with plans to shrink the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. For more information, see the story in the latest issue of Earth Island Journal.

Thursday June 14, 2018

Prioritizing Habitat Over Housing in Sonoma County

A charming old dairy ranch in California's Sonoma County has been the subject of local controversy for more than a decade. Developer Davidon Homes has been pushing to develop as many as 93 homes on the property, but thanks to the efforts of EII's Kelly Creek Protection Project (KCPP), the developer has scaled back its proposal and the public now has the opportunity to permanently protect most or all of the property as parkland. Scott Ranch is home to rare intact habitat for the threatened California red-legged frog. It is also adjacent to Helen Putnam Regional Park. KCPP is now raising funds to purchase the land and connect it to Putnam Park for permanent protection. Read more about the effort.

Thursday June 14, 2018

RATS Files Suit to Prompt Rodenticide Use Regulation

Raptors Are The Solution (RATS) has filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court asking the court to require the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) to adequately review the dangerous rat poisons it registers every year as required under the California Environmental Quality Act. Despite CDPR removing second-generation anticoagulants from consumer shelves in 2014, there has been no decrease in the number of wildlife deaths. CDPR promised to consider further regulatory action if it continued to receive reports of non-target wildlife being impacted by rat poisons. However, despite many such reports, it automatically re-registered the products again in 2017. Attorneys with the Stanford Environmental Law Clinic are representing RATS in the litigation.

Thursday June 14, 2018

Boyd Norton Featured in AAAS

Boyd Norton, co-director of EII's Serengeti Watch, was recently featured in the American Association for the Advancement of Science's (AAAS) member spotlight. The profile discusses his early years in the American West, his work to protect East Africa, and his use of photography as a communication tool. "I've photographed on assignment for magazines things like dead elephants with their tusks and face cut off, dead rhinos with their horns cut off — sometimes you have to shock people to make them realize what's going on in the world and what we need to do to stop this kind of thing," Norton tells AAAS. Read more.

Thursday June 14, 2018

Bay Area Wilderness Training Is Hiring

Bay Area Wilderness Training is a social and environmental justice organization creating equitable access to outdoor experiences for youth of color and low-income youth. The Earth Island project is hiring a program director to supervise and hire program staff, create high quality programs, and maximize organizational reach, capacity, and efficiency. Applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply. Learn more about the opportunity, based in Oakland, CA, and share the job posting widely. The deadline to apply is July 2, 2018.

Thursday June 14, 2018

The Best of Earth Island Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorite stories from the last two weeks:

Most Popular: Recovery Roadblocks. Reporter John Soltes investigates whether the federal agency in charge of saving the endangered Mexican grey wolf is actually keeping it from thriving.  

Editors' Pick: Citizens Afield. Reporter Lucy Bryan explores the potential of citizen science to contribute to essential research while also connecting us more deeply to the natural world.

Thursday June 14, 2018

Planet Earth Arts Play in SF

The acclaimed world premiere production of Bright Shining Sea, a powerful play that explores the environmental degradation of our oceans through the intertwined lives of six characters, has its final three performances this weekend at San Francisco's Potrero Stage. Planet Earth Arts, a project of Earth Island Institute, in partnership with PlayGround, commissioned playwright Julianne Jigour to develop her short play, which was originally given a staged reading two years ago as part of the Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival. The final performances will take place on Friday, June 15 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 16 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Learn more, watch the trailer, and get your tickets today.

Thursday June 14, 2018

Save the Rim Fire Ecosystem from Logging

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) is proposing to fund the destruction of intact snag forest habitat within the Rim Fire Burn Area in California's Sierra Nevada mountain range, including in areas where goshawks, black-backed woodpeckers, California spotted owls, and a unique subspecies of great gray owls are nesting. Join Earth Island's John Muir Project at SNC's next board meeting on June 7 to let them know that we want them to conserve our forests and protect our watersheds, not destroy them with taxpayer money. The board meeting will take place at Cerro Coso Community College in Bishop, CA from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information please call 530-273-9290 or email the John Muir Project.

Thursday May 31, 2018

Vermont Bans Coyote Killing Contests

On May 22, Vermont enacted H.636, effectively banning coyote killing contests throughout the state and making Vermont the second state in the nation, after California, to ban these events. EII's Project Coyote and other conservation organizations campaigned vigorously to help get this bill enacted, and wildlife conservationists hailed the bill's passage as a victory for Vermont's wildlife. As Project Coyote founder and executive director Camilla Fox wrote in a letter to the Vermont state senate: "There is no credible evidence that indiscriminate killing of coyotes or other predators effectively serves any genuine interest in managing other species," and in fact, it "can lead to the disruption of predators' social structure and foraging ecology in ways thatincrease the likelihood of depredations." Read more.

Thursday May 31, 2018

Countdown to Zero Hour Climate Events

Riki Ott, project director of EII's Ultimate Civics, recently met with Jamie Margolin, founder of the youth-led climate justice organization This is Zero Hour. Margolin just completed her sophomore year of high school and has some epic summer plans: mobilizing the largest youth climate march ever. Zero Hour is planning a series of youth climate events from July 19-21 in Washington, DC, and is also supporting sister events across the country. If you are looking for some inspiration, check out Margolin's story and visit the Zero Hour website to register for events. Ultimate Civics wants to partner with more youth-led projects to help inspire the next generation of game changers. If you have ideas or partnership opportunities, please email the Ultimate Civics team.

Thursday May 31, 2018

Join the Real Food Real Stories Team

EII's Real Food Real Stories (RFRS) is hiring a Storytelling Event Producer to help curate and implement its central storytelling program to reach curious eaters and build an engaged food community. This role will also curate fundraising events to engage the RFRS community in supporting the organization. Through authentic storytelling and in-person gatherings that humanize the food system, the Storytelling Event Producer will help to inspire positive cultural and social change. Learn more, apply, or share the job posting. This June, please also join RFRS in conversation with women making change happen in food, including at events in San Francisco at the Asian Art Museum on June 21 and at WeWork Soma on June 28. Tickets available on Facebook.

Thursday May 31, 2018

Rat Poison Affects Bobcat Genes

Although founded in response to the rodenticide-related deaths of hawks and owls, EII's Raptors Are the Solution (RATS) is not about saving just birds of prey. Any creature that might consume a poisoned rodent is at risk of secondary poisoning, and rat poison can also have other, more insidious impacts on wildlife health. A series of new studies on bobcats in Southern California show that anticoagulant rodenticides can throw the cats' immune systems out of whack, making them vulnerable to mites — tiny spiderlike skin parasites — that cause notoedric mange, a debilitating and often fatal condition. The studies also indicate that anticoagulant rodenticides alter gene expression in bobcats. Read more about the study on the RATS website.

Thursday May 31, 2018

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