Topic

wildlife protection

37 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

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

ESTABLISH A SILVER LAKE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY NOW

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
1,832 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Mayor Wayne Messam, Miramar FL, City of Miramar Commissioners

Stop the planned destruction of 120 acre wetland forest in West Miramar, FL

Florida has lost over 100,000 acres of wetlands in the last few years.  We are determined to save the wetlands in our neighborhood, more specifically the 120 acres of land located at the southwest corner of Bass Creek Road and SW 172 Avenue in Miramar. This area is teaming with threatened and endangered wildlife that must be protected. Lennar Construction has filed an Application for Land Use Plan Amendment (#1502812) to develop 385 (modified from 537) single-family residential units on this land.   This proposed development will erase 120 acres of existing natural wildlife habitat and surrounding wetlands.  This pristine area is now home for dozens of threatened and endangered animals such as osprey, heron, key deer, turtles, and exotic plant-life. destroy a fragile wetland-forest eco-system that reduces green-house gasses, and is essential to preserving our drinking water, add over 1000 cars to our already congested and dangerous roadways and add further delays to the response time of our Emergency Responders Sign this petition  - - tell Mayor Wayne M. Messam and the City of Miramar Commissioners to reject proposed land use plan amendment #1502812, and convert this area into an environmentally “impact positive” nature preserve and education center.  Please also make a comment about why it's important to you!

Miramar Citizens Coalition
10,488 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Chrisopher Taylor, Jason Frenzel, Sumi Kailasapathy, Jane Lumm, Kirk Westphal, Zachary Ackerman, Julie Grand, Jack Eaton, Graydon Krapohl, Chip Smith, Chuck Warpehoski

Ann Arbor: Stop the Killing of Hundreds of Deer!

Ann Arbor residents want to know that their tax dollars are being put towards programs that have their best interests at heart. For this reason, we are petitioning the City of Ann Arbor to stop the killing of 350 deer this Winter and look to non-lethal options to manage the deer population. In a recent survey sent out by the City of Ann Arbor, 70% of city residents reported that the amount of "deer damage" to their property was "acceptable," yet the city of Ann Arbor plans to hire sharpshooters to bait and kill female does in city parks, on University of Michigan property, and in residential yards and neighborhoods.  The cost of the program is escalating at a time when the City has underfunded priorities that affect most residents such as crosswalk safety, bicycle safety, road maintenance, affordable housing, traffic management, and future contamination of the City water supply by the Gelman plume. The City of Ann Arbor has budgeted over $500,000 for the deer cull program. The purported reasoning behind the City's decision is that there has been an increase in deer-vehicle collisions, the possibility of Lyme and Chronic Wasting Diseases, and damage to native plants. Data on an increase in deer-vehicle collisions neither correlate with the amount deer carcasses retrieved by the city nor with the number of law enforcement investigations on accidents. The prevalence of Lyme and Chronic Wasting Diseases is not present in Ann Arbor nor Washtenaw County. Also, damage to native plants can be managed in many non-lethal ways. The City of Ann Arbor has not attempted to use non-lethal strategies like fencing, deer netting, and signage for deer crossing, all of which are more ethical and economical. Last year, the city sterilized 60 deer to reduce deer population size, however this was done in conjunction with the killing of 160 deer, making it clear that sterilization was not an alternative but rather an additional strategy to eliminate as many deer as possible. Furthermore, the City has chosen to jeopardize public safety by getting approval from the DNR to shoot deer from residential yards and in residential neighborhoods. The City has also been unable to keep students and residents out of city parks during shooting hours. How is the City going to ensure public safety when the City refuses to identify the private parcels where shooting will occur? How will people know to avoid walking or driving through neighborhoods where shooting will be taking place? Under what authority does the city justify the spending of public funds to kill deer on private property? The City claims that public safety is its number one priority, yet it places “privacy” rights of individual property owners above public safety and the public’s right to know where our tax dollars are being spent. The City of New York has launched a public campaign encouraging residents to learn to live with wildlife (and offering resources to help), and referring to urban wildlife as residents of New York. Both Jackson and Rochester Hills, Michigan have stopped deer culling in their cities due to its ineffectiveness and negative public opinion. Let’s be like those cities and eliminate the cull from Ann Arbor. Please sign this petition to let Mayor Christopher Taylor and the Ann Arbor City Council that you do not support the killing of 350 deer!

Friends of Ann Arbor Wildlife and Nature
2,045 supporters