Saturday, November 16, 2013

Stand up and fight for wolf conservation!


Wolf supporters gather at the White House, howling for continued federal protections.
Wolf supporters gather at the White House, howling for continued federal protections.

Photo courtesy of Michael Quinton/National Geographic Stock.
Photo courtesy of Michael Quinton/National Geographic Stock.

Well folks, it’s time to stand and howl for what is right. This is our one opportunity to tell the Fish and Wildlife Service in person not to strip most gray wolves of their federal protection in the lower 48 states. And it’s a chance for wolf supporters to make their voices heard across the west. Join Defenders for our pre-hearing events where you will have the opportunity to get the latest information, meet other wolf enthusiasts and rally for wolves before heading to the FWS public hearings. So let’s tell the FWS that it’s time to make sure wolves are recovered, not abandon ship midstream.

Denver, Colorado - The first hearing will be in Denver on Tuesday, November 19 at the Paramount Theatre. To ensure that the pro-wolf voice is heard, Defenders is working with our conservation partners to organize a training and rally at the Crowne Plaza Hotel prior to the hearing. Coloradans have such an important stake in wolf recovery and Defenders wants to empower our supporters to make their voices heard!

At the pre-hearing event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Defenders staff will give a presentation about what to expect at the hearing and provide tips on how to deliver effective testimony. We will conclude with an indoor rally with motivating speakers and wolf experts. There will also be refreshments, materials to make posters, a kids’ activity corner, and a chance to meet other wolf advocates.

After the rally, we will walk two short blocks to the official public hearing and ask that FWS finish the job on wolf recovery.

When: Tuesday, November 19th
Where:
Paramount Theatre
1621 Glenarm PL
Denver, CO 80202
Crowne Plaza Hotel
1450 Glenarm Place
Denver, CO 80202
Time:
3:30pm – 4:10pm: Training, Comment Writing and Q&A with Defenders Staff (Crowne Plaza Hotel)
4:15pm – 4:45pm: Save the Wolves Rally (Crowne Plaza Hotel)
5:00pm: sign up for comments (Paramount Theatre)
6:00pm – 8:30pm: FWS Public Hearing (Paramount Theatre)

Albuquerque, New Mexico – This hearing will be held at Albuquerque’s Embassy Suites on Wednesday, November 20, and will focus on the proposed changes in management rules for Mexican gray wolves. If you care about lobos and the crucial role that they play in our natural world, we need you to be there. Before the public hearing begins, join Defenders and other wolf advocates for kids’ activities and a photo opportunity with a life-size cutout of an actual Mexican gray wolf from the Wolf Conservation Center. You’ll also have the chance to talk to a retired school teacher who camps among the wolves, and join the Save the Lobo Sidewalk Rally. Even if you aren’t planning to testify, show your support for the wolves just by showing up!
When: Wednesday, November 20th
Where: Embassy Suites
1000 Woodward Place NE,
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Time:
4:00pm: Information, coffee, snacks and children’s art activities in the Ocotillo room
5:15pm: Sidewalk rally
6:00pm – 9pm: Public hearing

Sacramento, California – The Sacramento hearing will take place on Friday, November 22nd in the Golden State Ballroom at the Marriott Courtyard Sacramento Cal Expo. Join us for our pre-hearing event outside the Fairfield Inn, directly adjacent to the hearing location, where you will be able to rally with fellow wolf enthusiasts and hear from a variety of speakers including a predator-friendly rancher. Defenders staff will be talking about wolves in the Pacific West, where they are just beginning to recover, and a brief training will be given on what to expect at the hearings and tips for testifying.

When: Friday, November 22nd
Where: Outside Fairfield Inn (next to the Marriot Courtyard)
1780 Tribute Road
Sacramento, CA 95815
Time:
4:00pm – 5pm: Rally with supporters
5:00pm: Sign up to testify
6:00pm: Public Hearing

Pinetop, Arizona - The fourth public hearing, which will focus on the proposed changes in management rules for Mexican gray wolves, will be held in Pinetop on Tuesday, December 3rd,. If you care about lobos and the crucial role that they play in our natural world, we need you to be there. Before the public hearing begins, visit our hospitality suite to meet Defenders staff and other wolf advocates. There you can grab a snack, pick up the latest information, or ask for help with your testimony. Even if you aren’t planning to testify, you can show your support for the wolves just by showing up!
When: Tuesday, December 3rd
Where: Hon-Dah Conference Center
777 Arizona 260
Pinetop, AZ 85935
Time:
3:00pm: Hospitality suite is open until end of hearing
3:30pm – 5:00pm: US Fish and Wildlife Service Public Information meeting
6:00pm – 8:30pm: Public Hearing

Also, don’t forget to submit your comments telling the Fish and Wildlife Service that they need to finish the job in order for wolves to fully recover!

John Yeingst is Defenders’ Communications Coordinator 

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