Wolves can’t ask for food. Whales can’t stop ship traffic. Black-footed ferrets can’t stop habitat loss. Most Americans value wildlife and wild places, and when it comes to protecting wildlife, political affiliation does not matter. What matters is preserving habitat, giving wildlife a chance at survival and keeping our Earth inhabitable. Politicians hold great sway over the decisions protecting the environment. Fortunately, we hold great sway in choosing our politicians.
Whether your favorite species is a polar bear, orca or something in between, there's always a reason to vote for wildlife. Don't forget to cast your vote in November!
Vote for Bears
What's at stake? Grizzly bears are an icon of the Alaskan wilderness. But earlier this year, previously banned hunting practices—including baiting and killing mother bears with cubs in their dens—were approved for Alaska’s national preserves.
Vote for Red Wolves
What’s At Stake? This All-American wolf once ranged from Pennsylvania to Florida and as far west as Texas, but now there are only nine known red wolves in the wilds of North Carolina. Without reintroductions and proper agency management, these wolves may blink out entirely from the Southeast.
Vote for Red Knots
What's at stake? For such a small bird, red knots sure can go the distance. Some of these Atlantic shorebirds travel 9,000 miles between seasons, stopping only to eat horseshoe crab eggs along the way. But overharvest of crabs means slim pickings for famished red knots, with populations now dwindling by the year.
Vote for Landscapes
What's at stake? Protection of habitat is essential for wildlife conservation, to ensure imperiled species have space and ecosystems to support their recovery. With the ambitious but achievable goal of protecting 30% of the world’s land by 2030, every public land parcel and protected space counts.
Vote for Sea Otters
What's at stake? For sea otters in the Pacific, oil spills and pollution continue to poison their habitat. Human interactions, including boat strikes, fishing gear entanglement and aggression or disruption from boaters, also pose a significant threat to these playful creatures.
Vote for Sea Turtles
What's at stake? For turtles, the ocean is full of dangers, from offshore drilling to fishing gear to plastic debris, and on land habitat destruction and artificial lighting endanger nesting and hatching sea turtles.
Vote for Right Whales
What's at stake? North Atlantic right whales encounter vessel traffic, fishing gear, seismic testing and other hazards on their annual migrations between their North Atlantic feeding grounds and their calving grounds in warmer waters.
Vote for Mexican Gray Wolves
What’s At Stake? El lobo is the most endangered subspecies of gray wolf and while the population is growing, compromised genetics and human misconceptions threaten the species' recovery.
Vote for Polar Bears
What's At Stake? Climate change, and the loss of sea ice habitat, is the greatest threat to polar bears. But as rules change and protections disappear, the oil and gas industry may soon paint a more ominous picture for Arctic habitat.
Vote for Black-Footed Ferrets
What’s At Stake? Once thought to be extinct in the wild, there are now around 350 black-footed ferrets, but loss of habitat, loss of prairie dogs, plague and human intolerance threaten their comeback.
Vote for Orcas
What’s at Stake? In the Pacific Northwest, dam removal could bring more salmon back to the Columbia River basin, feeding the region’s starving southern resident orcas.