wildlife protection

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Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller

Urge Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller to cancel use of warfarin laced bait

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has approved the use of a poisoned bait that he says may herald a "hog apocalypse" in a state where an estimated 2.5 million hogs roam. His intent is for the bait to be laced with warfarin, which is used as a blood thinner but has proven lethal to hogs. The bait will be infused with a toxic amount of warfarin, the same ingredient used in blood clot prevention medicine for humans. It is probably safe to assume that public hearings across the state where citizen input is heard were not conducted, nor a call for written public input, or an environmental impact statement prepared. This announcement will allow the use of bait to be laced with warfarin, across Texas. If bait is to be applied in areas used for grazing, all livestock must be removed and excluded from baited areas before applying this product and for at least 90 days after toxic baits are removed from bait dispensers. Much is at stake: It will increase the risk to livestock, grazing lands (whether fenced or open), rangeland, forests, non-crop areas, and crop lands -- that will threaten habitat for imperiled wildlife, from bald eagles and the red-cockaded woodpecker to the southwestern willow flycatcher and the golden-cheeked warbler. While the acute avian toxicity of warfarin indicates that it is practically non-toxic to game birds. In subacute studies, warfarin ranged from moderately toxic to practically non-toxic to upland game birds and waterfowl. Another source indicated that a mallard duck study was performed with a 10% formulation of warfarin. This formulation of warfarin was considered moderately toxic to mallard ducks when administered as a single dose. However, when exposed for a period of 14 days, 4 out of 5 ducks died. According to the Environmental Protection Agency: This product may be toxic to fish, birds and other wildlife. Dogs and other predatory and scavenging mammals and birds might be poisoned if they feed upon animals that have eaten the bait. Do not apply this product directly to water, to areas where surface water is present or to intertidal areas below the mean high-water mark. Do not contaminate water when disposing of equipment wash waters. Please act now to urge Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller to cancel this use of warfarin laced bait and protect our way of life, wildlife, water, and communities from harm. Photo: Robert Bailey/Audubon Photography Awards

Mark Olinger
1,476 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Heritage Capitol Partners

Save Ormewood Forest

Please help Save Ormewood Forest.  Nestled in the heart of East Atlanta, Ormewood Forest represents over 6 acres of land, upon which century-old trees provide habitat for abundant wildlife and essential protection for a first-order headwater stream.  The surrounding community wishes to preserve the land, its trees and the stream for several reasons.  First and foremost, the land and its trees contribute to the ever-shrinking tree canopy within the urban heart of Atlanta.  Preserving Ormewood Forest would increase, by 50%, the current public greenspace within the East Atlanta neighborhood.  Second, preserving the land around the headwater stream protects watershed resources of the already impaired Intrenchement Creek and South River Watersheds.  Third, neighboring residents as well as native inhabitant wildlife depend upon this forested land to mitigate urban heat-island effects and to process storm water runoff.  The land serves as a significant wildlife habitat, as well as providing esthetic values that enrich the quality of life for our community.   Heritage Capitol Partners and Heritage Homes are seeking to develop Ormewood Forest using high density, multi-family residential zoning. Their specific re-zoning request to MR1 could even allow for some limited commercial usage and does not guarantee that a quality planned development would be built.  MR1 is not only inconsistent with the surrounding neighborhood zoning, it would set an undesirable precedent for future developers who may be unconcerned about environmental impact and the existing traditional character of our neighborhood as established in the City of Atlanta’s 2016 Comprehensive Development Plan.  If unsuccessful in their zoning request, Heritage is still intent on developing the property in accordance with existing zoning.  This would result in the entire acreage being sliced up across the protected stream buffers into ten home sites, virtually eliminating any meaningful way to restore and preserve the stream system. Show your support for Saving Ormewood Forest and join our efforts in appeal to Heritage Capital Partners and Heritage Homes to take their development plans to a more suitable location and allow our community and Atlanta the opportunity to permanently protect this green space for the benefit of all.

Save Ormewood Forest
1,804 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Martin Adams, Susan Rowghani, Richard Harasick, David Ryu, Mitch O'Farrell, Sarah Dusseault, Jeanne Min, Adam Miller, Mary Rodriguez


We, the undersigned, request the City of Los Angeles and the DWP (Department of Water and Power) to establish a Wildlife Sanctuary within the current boundaries of the Silver Lake Reservoirs. By preserving the open waters of the Silver Lake Reservoirs and their surrounding acreage as a sanctuary, this will create a protected habitat for migratory birds and urban wildlife, to be enjoyed by all. CURRENTLY:The Silver Lake Reservoirs have been permanently taken offline from the City’s drinking water system. Water from the Eastern Sierra snowpack is being used to refill the Reservoirs, and existing ground water from the nearby Pollock Wells will be used to keep them replenished. BRIEF HISTORY:Silver Lake is known to naturalists as a "nature hotspot." Over 140 species of birds have been sighted here, along with the raccoons, opossums, skunks, coyotes and bobcats that have long been part of Silver Lake's ecosystem within the Reservoirs' area. Additionally, Silver Lake has been a vital link in the Pacific Flyway for 100 years, connecting bird habitats from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego in Patagonia. The Reservoirs’ quiet, protected expanse has provided life-sustaining food and rest to thousands upon thousands of migrating birds each year; among them, the Canada Goose, the Bank Swallow—an officially threatened species in California—as well as Buffleheads, Great Blue Herons, American Pelicans, American Wigeons, White-faced Ibis, Northern Pintail, and beloved Mallard Ducks. Silver Lake has one of the rare bodies of fresh water large enough to host many flocks alighting at once. Everyone who loves experiencing Silver Lake's nature will know that a Sanctuary will preserve the Reservoirs as a protected habitat for urban wildlife and a critical resting place for migratory birds. THEREFORE:We request that the City of Los Angeles and DWP immediately support the establishment of a Wildlife Sanctuary within the current boundaries of the Silver Lake Reservoirs, thereby protecting this precious place for the animals who make their homes here, and ensuring this tranquil oasis is preserved for the benefit of the community and the entire city. Note:• We are not requesting any city funds for this Wildlife Sanctuary.• We fully support the amenities that currently exist around the Reservoirs, such as the meadow, the walking paths, the dog park, the recreation center, the tots playground, the basketball courts, and the pocket park on Tesla. (While not an “amenity,” we also support the neighborhood Nursery School there.) ---------- MORE INFO: Silver Lake Wildlife Sanctuary

Silver Lake Wildlife Sanctuary
1,960 supporters