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Coyote Talk

Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of EII's Project Coyote, will be presenting "Coyotes in Our Midst – Learning to Live with North America's Song Dog," as part of Sonoma Birding's Wine Country Nature Lecture Series in Sonoma on May 29. This is a valuable opportunity to learn about coyote behavior, biology and the beneficial role coyotes play in our rural and urban ecosystems. Visit ProjectCoyote.org for additional event listings and details.

Thursday May 22, 2014

The Best of Earth Island Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorite web-only stories from the last few weeks:

Most Popular: Small Wild Cats Face Big Threats, but Receive Little Conservation Funds. Former Journal intern, Jacob Shea writes about how the relative obscurity of small wild cats means that most wildlife conservation groups overlook them.

Editors’ Pick: Oglala Lakotas Oppose Expansion of Uranium Mining Near Reservation. Connor Gallagher reports on a Lakota-led opposition has been engaged in a six-year-long battle to prevent any expansion of the Crow Butte uranium mine in Nebraska.

Thursday May 22, 2014

Last Call for BYA Applications

There is less than a month left to send in your Brower Youth Award application. The award honors young people who are leading groundbreaking environmental projects. Anyone between the ages of 13 to 22 who lives in North America is eligible. Apply today through the online application system. Applications must be completed by May 12. If you have any questions, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday April 24, 2014

Help Food Shift win free BART advertising

EII's Food Shift has been selected to participate in this year's Bay Area Rapid Transit Blue Sky Contest. Winners of the Facebook-based competition receive free advertising on BART trains and stations. Please vote for this great project and share the link with your networks. Last spring Food Shift won the contest and created four ads, which you can see here.

Thursday April 24, 2014

Support the Altai People and Ecosystems

Russia’s southern Siberian republic of Altai is not only a sacred landscape inhabited by Indigenous Altaians with ancient burial mounds and petroglyphs dating back to the Stone Age, it is also of incredible importance for global biodiversity. Supporting conservation in Altai means protecting endangered species like the snow leopard, as well as fragile ecosystems connecting Altai to the rest of the world. EII’s The Altai Project works to support community advocacy and development, making it possible for Altaians to maintain and grow their cultural practices and traditions. The project has just launched a Crowdrise campaign to help support its work. Please check it out and donate generously.

Thursday April 24, 2014

Cocktails for Nature in the City!

Join EII’s Nature in the City on May 1 at the Greenwich Manor in San Francisco for an evening of cocktails and mingling as it highlights its efforts to support San Francisco’s biodiversity through ecological restoration and awareness campaigns. The project’s programs and partnerships include the Green Hairstreak Butterfly Habitat Corridor, Tigers on Market Street, the Green Connections Plan, and so much more! Go here for more details and to RSVP.

Thursday April 24, 2014

Championing Wildlife Conservation in California

EII's Project Coyote is helping California lead the nation in terms of wildlife conservation. Following testimony by Randi Feilich, the project’s Southern California representative, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to ban body-gripping traps citywide. Project Coyote also made an indisputable case for banning predator-killing contests, presenting the California Fish and Game Commission with a letter signed by more than 35 scientists countering claims that these contests help manage wildlife. The commission voted 3 to 2 vote in favor of a proposed rule that would make such contests unlawful. To learn how you can help move California toward ethical, science-based wildlife stewardship, please see Project Coyote's action alert.

Thursday April 24, 2014

The Best of Earth Island Journal:

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorite web-only stories from the last few weeks:

Most Popular: Film Review: A Fierce Green Fire. Film critic Ed Rampell reviews Mark Kitchell’s rousing PBS documentary that covers 50 years of environmentalism in the United States.

Editors’ Pick: Oyster Beds Still Empty Four Years After Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The Journal’s rock-star intern, Zoe Loftus-Farren, reports on how oyster farmers in the Gulf of Mexico are still feeling the impacts of the BP disaster.

Thursday April 24, 2014

Celebrate Our Earth and Waters

Celebrate Earth and the other 71 percent of the planet with EII’s Shark Stewards at the Pacifica Earth Day of Action & EcoFest at Linda Mar beach in Pacifica on Saturday, April 26. The free family fun event will include a whale walk and shark stroll, hula lessons, a petting zoo, music and a whole host of other activities. Event details here.

Thursday April 24, 2014

Earth Day Celebrations in the Bay Area

April is Earth Day month, and there are many events being held around the country to celebrate our natural world. San Francisco's Earth Day event on April 19 will focus on energizing the public to pursue effective green solutions. In addition to an array of music and dance performances, and fun activities for the whole family, the event will feature talks by 350.org founder Bill McKibben, and Earth Island's associate director, Kevin Connelly. Stop by the EII table and say hello! Berkeley's Vegan Earth Day is also scheduled for April 19. And the following weekend, on April 26, visit EII's Shark Stewards at the Pacifica Earth Day of Action & EcoFest. Join a celebration close to you, have fun, learn, and take action for the environment. For a list of Bay Area Earth Day events click here.

Thursday April 10, 2014

Virtual Sustainability Series

EII's Sustainable World Coalition will be launching its 2014 Spring of Sustainability  virtual program with a free 12-hour Earth Day telesummit on April 22. The event, organized in partnership with 20 major green groups including the NRDC, Sierra Club, Rainforest Action Network and National Wildlife Federation, will feature many luminaries like Bill McKibben, Frances Moore Lappé, Michael Brune, Majora Carter, John Robbins, and Rob Hopkins. The SoS 2014 program will continue for nine weeks with programs focused on issues such as climate change, food, water, endangered species, and energy. Event details will be available next week at springofsustainability.com. For a program overview, go here.

Thursday April 10, 2014

Orca Freedom Concert

Join EII's International Marine Mammal Project for Kiss the Sky! – a benefit concert for orcas at the Experience Music Project's Sky Church in Seattle on Earth Day, April 22. With all the recent controversy surrounding captive orcas, Ann and Nancy Wilson of the rock band Heart decided it was time to celebrate the wild ones. Heart will be joined by several other musician-activists including Graham Nash, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, at this incredible concert that will benefit wild orca research and IMMP's advocacy work. Tickets available here.

Thursday April 10, 2014

Help Food Shift win free BART advertising

EII's Food Shift has been selected to participate in this year's Bay Area Rapid Transit Blue Sky Contest. Winners of the Facebook-based competition receive free advertising on BART trains and stations. Please vote for this great project and share the link with your networks. Last spring Food Shift won the contest and created four ads, which you can see here. Food Shift is also looking for volunteers to join them at the BART Blue Sky Festival on Wednesday, April 16. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information or sign up online.

Thursday April 10, 2014

A Model Ecotourism Destination

The Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, the first Mexican destination to complete the Global Sustainable Tourism Council's Early Adopters program, has been recognized by the council as a model for its new “Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Destinations.” The reserve has now joined the ranks of Norway's fjords, Peru's Machu Picchu, Wyoming's Jackson Hole, and eight other tourism sites around the world that conform to the UN World Tourism Organization's global standards for the industry. EII's Viva Sierra Gorda invites you to get inspired on your next vacation and join them in the heart Mexico.

Thursday April 10, 2014

The Best of Earth Island Journal:

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorite web-only stories from the last few weeks:

Most Popular: ABC Bakers' Girl Scout Cookies Still Contain Unsustainable Palm Oil. Former Brower Youth Award winners Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva write that Girl Scouts USA isn't doing enough to ensure that the palm oil used in Girl Scout cookies isn't contributing to human rights abuses and deforestation.

Editors' Pick: Eco Euphemisms Confuse Our Understanding of Environmental Destruction. Journal editor Jason Mark draws up a list of the raft of words that corporate polluters and government bureaucracies have created to cover up environmental abuses.

Thursday April 10, 2014

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