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Speaking for Wildlife


When decisions impacting wildlife are made it is necessary to take all the best available science into account. Unfortunately, large-scale decisions are frequently made without these considerations and the results can have serious consequences for wildlife and the landscapes and resources they depend upon.

When wildlife is in danger, they can't speak up for themselves—so we speak for them.

Defenders acts as the voice for wildlife at all levels of government, bringing the issues that impact our most vulnerable species to the attention of key decision makers. Our experts provide key conservation data and innovative solutions to help legislators, agencies, and communities make science-based decisions where wildlife is concerned.

Fighting for Wildlife on Capitol Hill

Our team in Washington, D.C. advocates for wildlife on Capitol Hill, alerting legislators to key conservation issues and arming them with the information they need to demand the best solution in the House or Senate. We meet regularly with legislators and their staff to help them better understand the impacts of their decisions on wildlife and connect them with their constituents who feel strongly that their elected officials must also represent the interests of our wildlife and wild places. We also work to maximize our legislative impact by coordinating with, and seeking to leverage the resources of, other organizations with common interests.

Working with State and Local Governments

State and local policies and legislation are as critical to wildlife as those at the federal level – sometimes even more so. Our teams across the country work with city, county, and state governments to provide the same kind of vital expertise and conservation data that we do at the federal level, but tailored to local wildlife and landscapes. With this kind of local outreach, we can help shape policies that make key regions more wildlife-friendly, and fend off attacks that could put vulnerable species in greater danger.