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The Center for Orangutan Protection estimates just 20,000 wild Orangutans remain
on Borneo island, down from 31,300 in 2004. Based on that estimate,
it concludes Borneo's orangutans could be extinct by 2011.
 
Animal Agriculture- Organizations:
www.vegaresearch.org
VEGA (Vegetarian Economy and Green Agriculture) is a research, information and campaigning organisation focusing on farming, food, health and the land. VEGA is campaigning for kinder farming (i.e. without exploitation of animals or the environment) and improved human health, nutrition and welfare.
 
Animal Agriculture Reports:
www.fao.org
"Livestock's Long Shadow" environmental issues and options. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2006. States livestock create more greenhouse gases than all of the world's transport combined.
www.hsus.org
Humane Society of US "Animal Agriculture & Climate Change" According to a 2006 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the animal agriculture sector emits more greenhouse gases than cars and SUVs.
www.ciwf.org.uk
Compassion in World Farming "The Impact of Livestock Farming: Solution for Animals, People, and the Planet" and list of many other publications...
www.ehponline.org
Environmental Health Perspectives "Global Farm Animal Production and Global Warming: Impacting and Mitigating Climate Change"
brightergreen.org
BrighterGreen lists informational resources on many of the aspects of "factory farming," also known as industrial (or intensive) animal agriculture.''
 
Animal Welfare Associations/Organizations:
www.ifaw.org
The International Fund for Animal Welfare works to improve animal welfare, prevent animal cruelty and abuse, protect wildlife and provide animal rescue around the world.
www.hsus.org
The Humane Society of the US works to reduce suffering and to create meaningful social change for animals by advocating for sensible public policies, investigating cruelty and working to enforce existing laws, educating the public about animal issues, joining with corporations on behalf of animal-friendly policies, and conducting hands-on programs that make ours a more humane world.''
www.wwf.org
World Wildlife Fund safeguards hundreds of species around the world by advocating soluions, working with the media and lobbying policymakers in dozens of countries around the world.
www.iucn.org
International Union for Conservation of Nature helps develop conservation science, manages field projects all over the world, and brings together players from different domains and sectors to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice. Wildlife Conservation.
www.awionline.org
Animal Welfare Institute is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1951 to reduce the sum total of pain and fear inflicted on animals by humans. Today one of their greatest areas of emphasis is cruel animal factories, also programs with oceans and wild animals.
www.wspa-international.org
World Society for the Protection of Animals is the world’s largest network for animal welfare. It brings together 910 member societies in 153 countries and a whole community of individuals around the world who care about animal welfare. WSPA is working to build the greatest ever animal welfare petition to persuade governments to agree to international principles on the welfare of animals.
www.nrdc.org
Natural Resources Defense Council works to protect wildlife and wild places and to ensure a healthy environment for all life on earth.
www.wcs.org
Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild lands through careful science, international conservation, education, and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks.
www.theanimalrescuesite.com
Animal Rescue Site. Each click on the purple "Click Here to Give - it's FREE" button provides food and care for a rescued animal living in a shelter or sanctuary. Funding for food and care is paid by site sponsors.
www.aavs.org
American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS) is the first non-profit animal advocacy and educational organization in the U.S. dedicated to ending experimentation on animals in research, testing, and education.
www.traffic.org
Traffic, the wildlife trade monitoring network, works to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature.
 
Animal Welfare- Government Sites:
www.fs.fed.us
Nature Watch. USDA Forest Service. NatureWatch Viewing Site Inventory. The inventory allows you to search for places to view wildlife, fish, and wildflowers, activities and programs.
 
Climate Change & Wildlife- Organizations:
www.nwf.org
National Wildlife Federation climate action center works to demand climate change legislation that includes a cap-and-trade system and dedicated funding to address the impacts of global warming on America's natural resources. See report Investing in America's Natural Resources.
www.worldwildlife.org
World Wildlife Fund- information on the impacts of a changing climate on wildlife and the environment.
 
Climate Change & Wildlife Reports:
www.ifaw.org
International Fund for Animal Welfare. "Global Warming: On Thin Ice" Report surveys what is currently known about the impacts of global warming on ice-dependent marine mammal species in the U.S., including four species of ice seals (bearded, ribbon, ringed and spotted seals), two stocks of polar bears, Pacific walruses, and western Arctic bowhead whales.'' PDF.
www.esajournals.org
"Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on Arctic Marine Mammals" Ranks the vulnerability of 11 Arctic and subarctic marine mammals. Ecological Applications- Ecological Society of America.
 
Databases: (also see government lists below)
www.eol.org
Encyclopedia of Life portal. "Encyclopedia of Life is an ecosystem of websites that makes all key information about all life on Earth accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world."
www.isis.org
International Species Information System delivers and supports the world’s most current, comprehensive and reliable source of information on animals and their environments for zoos, aquariums and related organizations to serve institutional, regional and global animal management and conservation goals.
www.enature.com
E-Nature. Wildlife information about almost 6,000 plant and wildlife species in US.
www.worldanimal.net
World Animal Net is the world's largest network of animal protection societies with consultative status at the UN. The world's largest database of animal protection societies, with over 16,000 listings and more than 10,000 links to Web Sites.
www.amphibiaweb.org
AmphibiaWeb is a database that provides access to information on amphibian declines, conservation, natural history, and taxonomy. Their goal is to establish a "home page" for every species of amphibian in the world.
www.frogweb.gov
Frogweb. National Biological Information Infrastructure of the U.S. Geological Survey- introductory information on amphibians, recent declines in amphibian populations, and the various causes of amphibian declines and malformations.
avibase.bsc-eoc.org
Avibase is a database of all birds of the world, containing over 3.5 million records about 10,000 species and 22,000 subspecies of birds, including distribution information, taxonomy, synonyms in several languages...
web1.audubon.org
Audubon and the America Bird Conservancy's Watch List of 176 species in the continental U.S. and 38 in Hawaii that are in need of immediate conservation help.
www.butterfliesandmoths.org
Butterflies and Moths of North America, a searchable database of verified butterfly and moth records in the United States and Mexico. Maps, photographs, species accounts, etc.
www.crocodilian.com
Crocodilian Natural History & Conservation. Species list, biology database and resources.
   
The giant panda is seriously endangered.
Only 1,600 wild giant pandas live in nature reserves in China, and 217 are in captivity.
 
Education:
www.learner.org
Journey North engages students in a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. K-12 students share their own field observations with classmates across North America.
www.fws.gov
US Fish and Wildlife Service: Kids Corner. Materials to assist with teaching and learning about endangered species.
www.fieldtripearth.org
Field Trip Earth is a global resource for teachers, students, and proponents of wildlife conservation.
whyfiles.org
The Why Files All-Star Endangered Critter Cards. Printable fact filed trading cards.
 
Endangered Species Page...
 
Wildlife Conservation:
www.nwf.org
National Wildlife Federation works with over 4 million members, partners, and supporters to actively educate, inspire, and promote achievable solutions to Protect and Restore Wildlife Habitat, Confront Global Warming and Connect with Nature.
www.worldwildlife.org
World Wildlife Fund is the largest multinational conservation organization in the world, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally.
www.biologicaldiversity.org
Center for Biological Diversity works through science, law, and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction.
www.nrdc.org
Natural Resources Defense Council works to protect wildlife and wild places and to ensure a healthy environment for all life on earth. Wildlife Page.
www.wcs.org
Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild lands through careful science, international conservation, education, and the management of the world’s largest system of urban (NYC) wildlife parks.
freedomtoroam.org
Freedom to Roam, a long-term initiative, is dedicated to establishing migration wildways for animals between protected areas. Patagonia’s partners in Freedom to Roam include other companies, conservation organizations and recreation groups.
ncseonline.org
National Council for Science and the Environment, Wildlife Habitat Policy Research Program, a four-year initiative funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
www.wildlifetrust.org
Wildlife Trust is an international organization of scientists dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity. Protecting nature, safeguarding ecosystems, and defending marine mammal species from extinction.
www.rarespecies.org
Rare Species Conservatory Foundation, a non-profit, designs sustainable recovery, reintroduction and protection programs for endangered species in the wild, and works collaboratively with governments and other conservation/research organizations to restore target species and protect critical habitats.
 
Wildlife (Individual/Specific Animal) Conservation Groups:
 
Birds, Bats, Butterflies: See the Causes of Anthropogenic Bird Deaths Chart at end of page...
www.audubon.org
Audubon Society. Society of Bird conservators and watchers.
www.batcon.org
Bat Conservation International, based in Austin, Texas, is devoted to conservation, education, and research initiatives involving bats and the ecosystems they serve.
www.birdlife.org
BirdLife International is a global Partnership of conservation organisations that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. BirdLife Partners operate in over one hundred countries and territories worldwide.
www.saveourborealbirds.org
Save Our Boreal Birds is a joint effort supported by a variety of environmental groups who are concerned about the future of the Boreal Forest and its birds. Welcome to Sign their petition.
www.borealbirds.org
The Boreal Songbird Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to outreach and education about the importance of the Boreal Forest region to North America's birds.
www.birdsource.org
Bird Source. Participate in bird counts. Birding with a purpose. Sponsored by Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
www.abcbirds.org
American Bird Conservancy is a not-for profit organization whose mission is to conserve native wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.
www.afabirds.org
American Federation of Aviculture, a nonprofit. Check here for bird conservation status, research findings and state and federal regulations pertaining to exotic birds.
www.nabci-us.org
North American Bird Conservation Initiative Committee is a forum of government agencies, private organizations, and bird initiatives helping partners across the continent foster coordination and collaboration among the bird conservation community on key issues of concern.
www.nbii.gov
National Biological Information Infrastructure of the U.S. Geological Survey. Bird conservation resources.
www.operationmigration.org
Operation Migration. Saving the Whooping Crane and Sandhill Crane from extinction.
monarchwatch.org
Monarch Watch. Education, conservation and research. University of Kansas.
 
Cats:
www.savethetigerfund.org
Save the Tiger Fund. A partnership between the ExxonMobil Foundation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
 
Elephants:
www.save-the-elephants.org
Save the Tiger Fund. A partnership between the ExxonMobil Foundation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
 
Elephants:
www.save-the-elephants.org
Save the Elephants. Protect, educate and research- while involving the local people.
 
Primates:
www.janegoodall.org
Jane Goodall Institute The objectives of the Institute are to: Increase primate habitat conservation, Increase awareness of, support for and training in issues related to our relationship with each other, the environment and other animals (leading to behavior change), Expand non-invasive research programs on chimpanzees and other primates, Promote activities that ensure the well-being of chimpanzees, other primates and animal welfare activities in general. ***
redapes.org
Orangutan Outreach is an affiliate of BOS International and committed to protecting the orangutan and its rainforest habitat. Adopt an Orangutan ! See BOS Founder, Willie Smits TED Talk here ! ***
www.savethechimps.org
Save the Chimps provides a permanent sanctuary in Ft. Pierce, Florida for the lifelong care of chimpanzees rescued from research laboratories, entertainment and the pet trade.
www.centerforgreatapes.org
Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. Wauchula, Florida.
www.ippl.org
International Primate Protection League - a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the world's remaining primates, with Field Representatives in 31 countries.
 
Reptiles:
www.nbii.gov
National Biological Information Infrastructure of the U.S. Geological Survey. Reptile conservation resources.
 
Rhinos:
www.sosrhino.org
SOS Rhino is a non-profit, international foundation dedicated to preserving the five rhinoceros species in their natural habitats. Our conservation programs combine research, education, marketing and advocacy, all working collectively to achieve sustainable results.
 
Seals:
www.harpseals.org
Harp Seals.org. An all volunteer, non-profit organization with an objective to permanently end the annual Canadian Harp Seal slaughters. Not an easy site to look at.
 
Wildlife Videos:
www.ted.com
Willie Smits, biologist, has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving local orangutans -- and creating a blueprint for restoring fragile ecosystems. Feb 2009. ***
www.youtube.com
Battle at Kruger. Amazing video of a herd of buffalo chasing away a lion pack that attacked a baby buffalo. YouTube.
   
   

Causes of Anthropogenic Bird Deaths

Approximately one billion birds per year die as a result of anthropogenic causes in the U.S.
That is a lose of 5 percent of our bird population annually.

Mortality source: Annual mortality estimate: Percent:
Buildings 550 million* 58.2 percent
Power lines 130 million 13.7 percent
Cats 100 million 10.6 percent
Automobiles 80 million 8.5 percent
Pesticides 67 million 7.1 percent
Communications towers 4.5 million 0.5 percent
Wind turbines 28.5 thousand 0.01 percent
Airplanes 25 thousand 0.01 percent
Other sources (oil spills, oil seeps,
fishing by-catch, etc.)
unknown unknown
USDA Forest Service- 2005.
http://studentaffairs.case.edu/farm/doc/birdmortality.pdf
*some studies estimate window hits to cause as many as one billion U.S. bird deaths annually.
 
 
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