Thurs 9/18 – Quick actions this afternoon! Ask for a wildlife bridge, by 5:00 pm today.

Action #1 – Write a quick comment to the county to add wildlife crossings into their new freeway work.

Mountain lions and other wildlife attempt to cross Hwy #101 and many times their journey ends in death. The project to create a “greenway” over the road is now underway at Liberty Canyon. (The image is an artist concept of what the finished overpass will look like.)

With fires raging through our future, our first thought was that animals will be trapped in fire areas, with no escape. But that’s just a one part of the issue. Collisions with animals on the highway are also dangerous for humans. About 200 people die every year from animal collisions and the incidence is increasing. Wildlife bridges have been very effective in helping avert these tragic and expensive incidents and to preserve endangered species. (Lots of information about animal crossings in this National Geographic article.)

Jim Hines, from the Sierra Club is working to get more of these bridges created, but he needs our help!. Here is his letter to us.

Good Morning Ventura County Friends: 
 The County of Ventura and CalTrans are in the very early stages of planning a 101 freeway widening project which would extend from Thousand Oaks to the City of Ventura.
And I would like during the construction process to have CalTrans construct a wildlife overpass over the 101 in the Conejo Grade area.
The Conejo Grade is a known wildlife crossing and the National  Park Servivce has documented a number of cases where mountain lions and other wildlife have crossed the 101 freeway in the Conejo Grade area.
I have joined the efforts of  Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks in urging people to comment in favor of a 101 Conejo Grade wildlife overpass to be constructed during the 101 widening process.

This is the study area information here. Click on “PUBLIC IMPUT” at the top and make a comment in support of a “greenway” bridge.

Example comment: While CalTrans is planning a freeway widening project, please have them include a wildlife crossing in the Conejo Grade area, is many mountain lions and other animals try to cross there.

Action #2 – Call Newsom to sign AB 1788 and save the lives of our wildlife.

HE STILL HASN’T SIGNED, and there’s opposition from both the companies that make these products and those that use them. He needs to hear from us!

Original post: Wed. 9/16: Emergency! Call Newsom to sign AB 1788!

Up in the Santa Monica Mountains, P-47 was just going about his job. The mountain lion, studied by researchers since he was 4 weeks old, was part of an ecosystem that keeps rodent populations under control. However, due to eating prey animals dosed with anticoagulant poisons, internal bleeding caused him to die a slow and painful death.

(from original post on 7/8/19AB 1788 – Pesticides: use of anticoagulants. Anticoagulant rodenticides (rat poison) indiscriminately destroys ecosystems and poisons native wildlife such as bobcats, coyotes, mountain lionsowls and hawks. These rodenticides are also one of the top ten pet toxins, injuring or killing household pets who eat either affected rodents or the bait itself. In addition, more than 4,400 children under age 6 were poisoned with these long-acting toxins in 2016, which disproportionately harmed those from low-income families. (More information from Project Coyote and Marilyn Krieger’s article “Rat Poisons Aren’t Selective” here.) We can do better.

UPDATE: After a two-year fight, this bill was finally placed on Governor Newsom’s desk at 3:00 pm yesterday! Now we need him to sign it!

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I would like Governor Newsom to sign YES on AB 1788. the bill that limits the use of anticoagulant rat poison, which is poisoning native wildlife and destroying ecosystems.

More script if you want it: Wildfires are already stressing our wildlife by destroying habitat. Please remove these toxic substances from the many dangers they are now facing. 

Governor Gavin Newsom: email(916) 445-2841

Mon – 8/6: How much is our wildlife worth? The GOP is willing to liquidate our natural heritage for cash. WRITE! Deadline Sept. 24th.

(Quote by Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), the Natural Resources Committee’s top Democrat)

Action – Protect the Endangered Species Act by speaking out.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries has been forced by law to seek public input on proposed reforms to “Improve & Modernize Implementation of the Endangered Species Act”. So, let’s blow them out of the oil-polluted water in which they swim. Deadline is September 24th, so comment early and often.  Continue reading “Mon – 8/6: How much is our wildlife worth? The GOP is willing to liquidate our natural heritage for cash. WRITE! Deadline Sept. 24th.”

Thurs 7/19: Update – Date extended – Casual cruelty towards the young and defenseless is now a hallmark of the GOP. Stop this! Comments due Sept. 6th.

We originally published this on 5/31. Deadline was extended to Sept. 6th.

This is not hunting. This is the lazy and inhumane slaughter of key predator animals necessary to keep natural ecosystems in balance in areas where they should be safe.

The Interior Department is planning on easing regulations on “sport” hunting in Alaska national reserves. The new rule would allow bear cubs to be killed along with their mothers, caribou to be killed while swimming, and wolves and their pups to be killed in their dens. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, speaking next to a dead animal head, argues that this is merely a move to align federal regulations with Alaska state law, while others say that the rollback would allow for cruel and inhumane hunting practices. The proposed rule has a 60-day open comment period which IS COMING TO AN END THIS Friday, September 6th.
Rule being discussed is here. There are fewer than 75,000 comments! Please add more! Let’s make this a 6-figure response!

Comment here.
Check out other comments here for inspiration.

Continue reading “Thurs 7/19: Update – Date extended – Casual cruelty towards the young and defenseless is now a hallmark of the GOP. Stop this! Comments due Sept. 6th.”

Mon. – 4/30 – Last day for this action.

(4/30 deadline) – The Beaufort Sea needs to remain off-limits.

Currently at 8,867 comments, up from 40 comments last week! Come on, fellow resisters – let’s put this on the map!

Oil companies don’t behave well, even when they’re close to home…
Here’s a interesting point of comparison… Oil companies drilling in off CA, including in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, have had nearly 400 violations since 2015! From failed and missing tests, to spilling 120,000 gallons of crude oil, oil companies prove daily that they are not trustworthy partners.

Can we trust them in the isolation of the far north? No, of course not.
In Dec. of 2016,  Obama said that the  Beaufort Sea and the entire Chukchi Sea was off-limits to drilling per “the scientific assessment that, even with the high safety standards that both our countries have put in place, the risks of an oil spill in this region are significant and our ability to clean up from a spill in the region’s harsh conditions is limited. By contrast, it would take decades to fully develop the production infrastructure necessary for any large-scale oil and gas leasing production in the region—at a time when we need to continue to move decisively away from fossil fuels.”

Trump don’t care. His administration is proposing to resume leasing areas of Alaska’s Beaufort Sea to oil drilling as soon as next year. Tell him to leave the Beaufort Sea off-limits!

Comment here by Apr 30, 2018 11:59 PM ET. Continue reading “Mon. – 4/30 – Last day for this action.”

Fri. – 4/27 – Some good environmental news!

Greetings Activists:

I have more good news to report on our work to ban the use of nylon drift nets used in the commercial fishing industry off the coast of California.

Our team has been working with the offices of California U.S. Senators D. Feinstein and K. Harris and we now have for the first time ever a federal bill to phase out the use of these deadly marine mammal killing nets.

The bill, which does not have an official Senate number yet but has a name ‘Drift Net Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act‘  was just introduced on April 26th. We have a ways to go to get it passed by the U.S. Senate and then the U.S. House of Representatives. We are told to expect the Trump Administration to oppose this bill.

But for now let’s all contact Senators Feinstein and Harris and thank them for putting this bill together and introducing the bill  into the U.S. Senate.

Continue reading “Fri. – 4/27 – Some good environmental news!”

4/6 – Bookmark this and be a commenter! – Deadline updates.

Picture of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Learn more about this amazing place here.

Be an environmental protector!

Be a hero to our land and wildlife without even having to go outside!

Take a minute to bookmark this and watch the dates. There’s a comment deadline today (4/6)!

Spend 5 minutes of your lunch hours writing comments. They can be just a few sentences each. The more, the better! 

If we’ve missed an important deadline, please contact us and we’ll update this list.

#1. LAST DAY! (4/6 deadline) to comment on extraction industry leasing next to Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park.

In one of the latest installments of the Trump administration’s move to open up federal lands for energy development, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) now plans to lease more than 18,000 acres east of the park for oil and gas drilling — an area about as big as 14,000 football fields within a quarter mile of this amazing nature preserve. This could threaten air and water quality upstream from the Sand Dunes, in addition to introducing light and noise pollution to a place considered one of the quietest and possibly also one of the darkest in the country. Locals will also have to deal with the health hazard from the polluting side effects of oil and gas development, which studies have shown to send chemicals into the air.

Comment here on the Sierra Club’s page, or email the BLM directly here.

Continue reading “4/6 – Bookmark this and be a commenter! – Deadline updates.”

Mon. 4/2 – Californians – Ban the pesticides that are killing our wildlife. Comments by 4/3.

( from Jim Hines, Team Leader, Sierra Club California/Nevada Wildlife Team)

Greetings, Wildlife Activists.

As she walks along a path in the Santa Monica Mtns, a mountain lion spots a dying rat. Ah! Something to eat! So she does and before long the mountain lion is dead also.

This mountain lion and many others like her as well as other predator mammals has eaten a rodent poisoned by what are know as anticoagulant rodent poisons which can be purchased in any garden supply, farm supply or home and garden improvement store in California.

But now we have, after long efforts, a chance to restrict the sale of these predator-killing rodent poisons. And not just because we love animals… Birds of prey, mountain lions, bobcats, fishers, foxes, coyotes, and endangered species such as the northern spotted owl, pacific fisher, and San Joaquin kit fox, are an irreplaceable part of California’s natural ecosystems and play an important role in regulating and controlling the population of rodents, protecting our public health and welfare. The loss of these natural predators mean that we will be fighting the next generation of rodents alone.

And it’s not just wild creatures. Our pets are dying too. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reported earlier this year that rodenticides are the most common source of pet poisoning in California and 24 other states.

Continue reading “Mon. 4/2 – Californians – Ban the pesticides that are killing our wildlife. Comments by 4/3.”

Environmental War Crimes – Part 4 – Life

On Monday,  we started our multi-point breakdown of a singularly destructive bill – HR 3354, a legislative monster of an appropriations act, whose length and complexity hides gifts, in the form of riders, for industries and anti-environmental extremists.  In Parts 1 and 2, we listed those that pose a clear threat to our health and that of our families by the removal or lessening of protections for our air and water. In Part 3, we spotlighted the ones that are focused on taking or abusing our public lands for private financial gain or on hindering their proper management.

Environmental War Crimes – Part 1 – Air
Environmental War Crimes – Part 2 – Water
Environmental War Crimes – Part 3 – Land

Although these earlier columns discuss the H.R. 3354 riders that will cause harm to wildlife as well as to humans as a side effect of their implementation, today’s column will focus on those that specifically target wildlife and the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Why are GOP legislators so cavalier with our wildlife? 

Maybe they feel that wildlife, unlike cattle, oil and lumber, has no commercial value?

They are wrong.

Continue reading “Environmental War Crimes – Part 4 – Life”

No on H.R. 3990 – A Death Blow to our National Parks and Monuments

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Rep. [___] to vote NO on H.R. 3990 – “National Monument Creation and Protection Act”.

More script if you want it: This deceptively-named bill will effectively destroy our national monument system. It redefines what can be protected, limits the size of monuments, allows the President to rescind a National Monumentand prohibits the creation of marine monuments.

CALL Rep. Julia Brownley(CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779

or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348

Other Rep Contacts:

More Info:

Protect our Marine Sanctuaries – We don’t want our precious islands ruined!

Please take a moment to add some comments on why protecting our marine sanctuaries, such as our own Channel Islands, is important to you. Deadline has been extended to Aug. 15th. 

The National Monument review continues with the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and three other unique marine sanctuaries and monuments. So far only ±74,000 people have commented.

If you haven’t, please follow this link and click “comment now”

More info:

Continue reading “Protect our Marine Sanctuaries – We don’t want our precious islands ruined!”