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Preventing extinctions. Restoring nature.
Preventing extinctions. Restoring nature.

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Okay, this is huge!
We're super excited that our work has been vindicated by this support from the prestigious Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

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The Independent mentions SavingSpecies
Delighted to see that one of the UK's leading newspapers, The Independent, gave a nod to SavingSpecies in its article about Stuart Pimm's latest paper in Conservation Biology.

#conservation   #nonprofitorganizations  

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SavingSpecies scientists +stuart pimm and +Clinton Jenkins and others have published a significant paper in Science. The key findings are: 
(1) current extinction rates are 1000 times the natural rate, higher than previously estimated,
(2) scientists know more about where the at-risk species are than ever before, and 
(3) new technologies make it easier to find and monitor species and focus conservation actions more efficiently.
So, yes, there is bad news, but also if we work together, there is hope too!

#extinction   #conservation   #biodiversity  

Earth Day message from SavingSpecies founder Dr. Stuart Pimm

April 22, 2014
Earth Day is typically replete with messages about what humans are doing to degrade, deforest and denude our planet. My message today is that people can and do fight back! Indeed, the SavingSpecies team and our partners around the world are doing that every day.
Our colleague, SavingSpecies Science Advisory Board member, Dr. Tom Lovejoy has spent his career highlighting the damage caused by forest fragmentation. That’s why conservation biologists have been studying ways to prevent further fragmentation of the world’s forests. Our goal at SavingSpecies is restore and protect these rapidly diminishing natural treasures.
First, we scour the planet to find degraded agricultural and ranchland in the most at-risk biodiversity hot-spots. This land was once healthy forest habitat for spectacular plants and animals. Then we restore that land. Our in-country partners work to connect isolated forests so that endangered species and their natural habitats have a chance to survive and local people can live sustainably.
The results of SavingSpecies’ work speaks for itself. Our projects in Brazil and Colombia now support populations of endangered species. Our work has rescued charismatic species from extinction. The future is now more secure for the golden lion tamarin of Brazil, the dusky star-frontlet hummingbird and exotic Dracula orchids in Colombia, as well as thousands of relatively unglamorous invertebrate species — what Science Advisory Board member Dr. E. O. Wilson calls “the little things that run the world.” Scientists discovered and described nine new species of frogs in the cloud forests of Colombia in which we work. The science testifies to our success in protecting the world’s most ecologically significant places.
Since the previous Earth Day, we were delighted to find that the adorable olinguito, the first newly-discovered carnivore species in over 30 years, lives in one of our project areas. Indeed, the best photos of the olinguito come from our local conservation partners who are stewards of the land there. SavingSpecies’ Cloud Forest and Olinguito Conservation Project in Colombia is the world’s first effort to help the olinguito, whose habitats are rapidly fragmenting in the fragile cloud forests of the western Andes.
So yes, the planet does face unprecedented environmental crises—climate change, pollution, deforestation, and mass extinction. But my message to you is that by applying sound science and cutting edge technology, we CAN and WILL fight back.
This Earth Day, remember that’s how we make a difference. Visit to help fight back.

Stuart Pimm
President, SavingSpecies
SavingSpecies, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. EIN 45-3868475

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Florida is next on the oil industry's radar...
But will local residents let it happen? Florida's aquatic ecosystems are much more sensitive to disturbance than the geology of Texas and Colorado, where most fracking occurs. Needless to say, residents and conservationists are not happy with the prospect.

#frackingnews   #florida   #everglades  

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We're in the credits!
Last weekend I was in NYC at the world premiere for a movie by indie film maker Zina Brown. The movie, Dreams of the Last Butterflies, will make the rounds of film festivals before being publicly available online. Check out the website for a sneak preview and a great environmental message.

#filmmakers   #butterflies   #moviepremiere  

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If have a professional interest in biodiversity, you are invited to join Biodiversity Professionals on LinkedIn. Here's our Google Plus page. Check the About tab for the link to the LinkedIn group.

#biodiversity   #linkedin

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We're super-excited about this new movie!
SavingSpecies partnered with an indy New York filmmaker to help his production to be carbon neutral. The film uses dance, theater and story-telling to send a conservation message about butterflies. The premiere is March 28th.

#nature   #education   #conservation  

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Field nature trips help educate kids about biodiversity.
"The point is not only to take them to the lakes and show them birds and other species, but also to educate them on the importance of preserving the biodiversity of these areas."

#biodiversity   #education   #conservation  

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SavingSpecies focuses on restoration because it gets most bang for our donors' buck. But there are good scientific reasons why restoration is a viable conservation strategy. According to this +Yale Environment 360 article: "effective land restoration could play a major role in sequestering CO2 and slowing climate change"

#conservation   #climatechange  
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