By: Chris Talbot-Heindl, Communications & Membership Manager
The election happened. It happened, and the future is one big question mark when it comes to the Endangered Species Act, the fate of our public lands, and so much more. What isn’t a question mark is if Rocky Mountain Wild will be there, doing everything we can for the rare and imperiled species in our care. We will. And we hope that you will be too.
There’s so much to do in the next year. But let’s not forget what we all made happen in 2016. It’s a year that’s been a bit rough and yet there are some great #WildlifeWins that have been made:
- We won a court case that resulted in a Judge ordering the US Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider its decision to exclude Colorado from Canada lynx critical habitat!
- A Federal Court ruled in our favor in a challenge to the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to deny Endangered Species Act protection to two imperiled wildflowers that live only on oil shale formations in Colorado and Utah!
- We won two Freedom of Information Act cases and submitted our opening brief in the merits case to stop the proposed “Village” at Wolf Creek Pass!
- We’ve been working with the Denver Zoo to build an interactive website that will be released soon where citizen scientists can help us identify the wildlife captured in the photos at Vail Pass!
- We’ve had an unprecedented amount of citizen actions for our #StandWithGunny campaign including an adorable #DanceForGunny video from the camp kids at The Audubon Society of Greater Denver!
- We held a citizen scientist BioBlitz in the Arkansas River Corridor where 35 dedicated volunteers gathered pictures of rare wildflowers, plants, birds, and more!
- The Front Range Pika Project (FRPP) just finished the sixth season of data collection with the help of our amazing and dedicated citizen scientists!
- We launched our 100 Women for the Wild program to support emerging female leaders in field biology, and engage more women in our work!
Please consider donating and help us do everything we can to fight extinction under the new administration next year. You can give today, schedule your gift for #COGivesDay, set up a reoccurring donation to help us through all of 2017, join as a member, or pledge your time. Volunteer duties could include support at events, science in the field, or joining our online ambassador team, spreading the word about our rare and imperiled species and critical habitats that need help.