Center for Biological Diversity (CBD)

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Headquarters Location: Tucson, AZ
Founded: 1989


Mission: At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive. We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.


Tags: wildlife, animal welfare, activism, advocacy, legislation, conservation, 2011


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Story: The Center for Biological Diversity was founded beneath the ancient ponderosa pines of New Mexico’s Gila wilderness, where Kierán Suckling, Peter Galvin, and Todd Schulke met while surveying owls for the U.S. Forest Service. All three were in their early… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
The Center for Biological Diversity educates the public about threats facing species, has a sound scientific basis, and brings legal action on behalf of species in need. The Center files lawsuits to save endangered species and their habitiat and hundreds of thousands of acres of land have been saved as a result of their work.
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Leadership
Center-for-biological-diversity-cbd Kieran Suckling. Kierán Suckling, Executive Director, founded the Center. In addition to overseeing its conservation and financial programs, he created and maintains the country's most comprehensive endangered species database. Kierán acts as liaison between the Center and other environmental groups, negotiates with government agencies, and writes and lectures; he has authored scientific articles and critical essays on biodiversity issues. He holds a… See full bio.


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Financial Data
Charity Navigator Rating: 4stars (profile)
Total Revenue:
$7,446,541


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Contact Info
E-Mail:
SBergman AT biologicaldiversity.org
Phone:
520-623-5252
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Address:
PO Box 710
 
Tucson, AZ 85702, USA
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Center-for-biological-diversity-cbd Story: The Center for Biological Diversity was founded beneath the ancient ponderosa pines of New Mexico’s Gila wilderness, where Kierán Suckling, Peter Galvin, and Todd Schulke met while surveying owls for the U.S. Forest Service. All three were in their early twenties, with a passion for wild places; Kierán was a doctoral student in philosophy, Peter was training in conservation biology, and Todd had a background running outdoor-education programs for high-risk kids. When their surveys turned up a rare Mexican spotted owl nest in an old-growth tree, and they found out that same tree was part of a vast area slated to be razed in a massive timber sale, they took their findings to the local Forest Service manager. The Forest Service had been entrusted with shielding sensitive species from harm, but it soon became clear the agency was more invested in its relationship with big timber than in its commitment to the public to protect forest wildlife. The timber sale would go forward, in violation of the Service’s own rules. The three young men promptly took the story to a local paper. In the end, that big old tree never fell to the chainsaws, and Kierán, Peter and Todd became personae non gratae at the Forest Service. Along with Dr. Robin Silver, an emergency room doctor, nature photographer, and grassroots advocate who had written an Endangered Species Act petition to protect the Mexican spotted owl — and joined by a growing group of other activists as word of mouth spread — they formed the group that would eventually be known as the Center for Biological Diversity. Tackling cattle-grazing abuses on the public lands where they lived, they leveraged protection for species like the southwestern willow flycatcher into orders to remove cows from hundreds of miles of vulnerable desert streams; with their campaigns to protect goshawks and owls, they shut down major timber operations throughout Arizona and New Mexico and brought an end to large-scale industrial logging in the heritage public lansds of the arid Southwest. And that was just for starters. The Center’s innovation was to systematically and ambitiously use biological data, legal expertise, and the citizen petition provision of the powerful Endangered Species Act to obtain sweeping, legally binding new protections for animals, plants, and their habitat — first in New Mexico, then throughout the Southwest, next through all 11 western states and into other key areas across the country. With each passing year the Center has expanded its territory, which now extends to the protection of species throughout the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and international regions as remote as the North and South poles. As our range grew, and first tens, then hundreds of species gained protection as a result of our groundbreaking petitions, lawsuits, policy advocacy, and outreach to media, we went from living and working on a shoestring to having offices around the country — from relying on donated time from pro bono attorneys at large firms to building a full-time staff of dozens of prominent environmental lawyers and scientists who work exclusively on our campaigns to save species and the places they need to survive. We’re now fighting a growing number of national and worldwide threats to biodiversity, from the overarching global problems of overpopulation and climate change to intensifying domestic sources of species endangerment, such as off-road vehicle excess. Based on our unparalleled record of legal successes — 93 percent of our lawsuits result in favorable outcomes — we’ve developed a unique negotiating position with both government agencies and private corporations, enabling us, at times, to secure broad protections for species and habitat without the threat of litigation. Now in our twenty-first year, we look forward to a future of continued expansion, creativity, and no-holds-barred action on behalf of the world’s most critically endangered animals and plants.

Expert Reviews of Center for Biological Diversity (CBD)

Evidence of Impact Summary:

The Center for Biological Diversity educates the public about threats facing species, has a sound scientific basis, and brings legal action on behalf of species in need. The Center files lawsuits to save endangered species and their habitiat and hundreds of thousands of acres of land have been saved as a result of their work.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

According to experts, the Center for Biological Diversity has brilliant leadershi and committed staff. On the whole, the organization is exceptionally resourceful.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

The Center for Biological Diversity could improve in its external relations and partnership building. Experts suggest the organization looks at collaborating with environmental nonprofits in neighboring countries on issues beyond the borders of the United States.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Effective Advocacy

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They have successfully sued many federal agencies, forced them to use taxpayer dollars to conserve land and species, and can even quantify the number of acres of critical habitat and the number of species they have helped protect.
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They are not afraid to push the envelope to further protection of wildlife via legal action, media, etc.
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The Center files lawsuits to save endangered species and their habitat and hundreds of thousands of acres have been saved along with numerous species.

Great Reach

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They have protected more species of wildlife than anyone else.

Leader in their Field

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The Center marshals the science necessary to fight the listing, delisting and habitat protection fights on behalf of endangered species.
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They are one of the most effective organizations in animal protection today. They have done more to provide rights to individual wildlife than any other group in the United States today.
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I am delighted to see CBD on this list, however I think they do not belong in this category. They do a tremendous amount for animals, but are actually more of an environmental / conservation organization. I thin they would be a better fit and get a higher rating in that category. They are a great organization.
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I think the Center for Biological Diversity should be ranked higher because they've protected entire ecosystems for species and held off major destruction of habitat for animals all over the country.

Strong Education Programs

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The organization educates the public about threats facing species, has a sound scientific basis, and brings legal action on behalf of species in need.


Expert Comments: Organization Strengths

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Fearless Leadership

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They are unafraid to tackle huge opponents, like British Petroleum (BP), and they understand that some battles take years or even decades to win, yet they stay with it.

Strong Focus

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Strong science-based foundation for efforts and a recognition that animal welfare should be a consideration for wild species.

Expertise

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The Center hires lawyers with environmental and animal rights backgrounds and they are not afraid to go after big corporations or the US government. It is run by a small close knit group of activists who are on the front lines and in the trenches themselves.

Talented Staff

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They have brilliant leadership, committed staff, and are exceptionally resourceful.
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The staff is extremely knowledgeable. The organization takes strong stances and is not cowed by opponents. In addition, the group uses effective strategies to attain its goals.


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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Avoid Partisan Language

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Look for a more diverse group of partners in the work, and try to avoid partisan language so that friends of all stripes can support the work.

Working with other Organizations

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Maybe look at collaborating with ENGOs in neighboring countries on issues beyond the borders of the US.
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The group does not work as effectively with other groups as I would hope.

Better Marketing

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No one knows of the Center in the animal rights/animal welfare world. The split between animals and environment is very clear here and more people need to know of their work for animals. Perhaps this means more marketing and / or more attendance at animal rights/animal welfare events and meetings/conferences.

Grassroots Work

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A larger grassroots base is needed to move to the next step.


Leadership

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Kieran Suckling
Executive Director
Kierán Suckling, Executive Director, founded the Center. In addition to overseeing its conservation and financial programs, he created and maintains the country's most comprehensive endangered species database. Kierán acts as liaison between the Center and other environmental groups, negotiates with government agencies, and writes and lectures; he has authored scientific articles and critical essays on biodiversity issues. He holds a master's in philosophy from the State University of New York at Stonybrook and a bachelor's from Holy Cross.

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