Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Toolkit

Working together, partners across the conservation community have made historic progress on the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. The bill has passed out of committee with bipartisan support the Senate, and on the floor of the House of Representatives. In a tough political climate, we have made more progress on this issue than ever. Now is an all-hands-on-deck opportunity to pass the most important wildlife conservation bill in decades. It is up to us to get this bill to the Senate floor and to a final vote. NWF is standing by to help you with assistance, tools, and information!

Birds are facing an unprecedented crisis; three billion fewer birds grace the skies of North America than in 1970. But there’s reason for hope if we act swiftly. We call on you to urge Congress to pass the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, bipartisan legislation that will provide $1.4 billion annually in wildlife conservation funding to states and tribes. Our goal is for bill passage by this summer.

Now is the time to act on behalf of birds that bring us joy and connect us to our communities and the world. We are racing toward the  finish line, and we need every vote!

With more than 15 million people in the U.S. participating in birdwatching, you make up a powerful voice for bringing back our birds. We have created this simple toolkit to help you take easy actions to engage your network and urge Congressional representatives to vote YES and pass the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.

Let’s change the course of history for birds together!

Full Toolkit available with:

  1. Sharable Social Media Posts
  2. A letter to share with birdwatchers
  3. A news alert to run
  4. Script for calling Congress
  5. Examples of bird species—threats and actions
  6. Benefits to Birders
  7. Source of Funds
  8. More Resources

From using native plants to transform yards into wildlife habitat to meeting the Million Pollinator Garden challenge, gardeners can be a powerful voice for the future of wildlife and native plants. And we need them now, with a third of North America’s species—including monarch butterflies, hummingbirds, and bumblebees—at increased risk of extinction. Today, we have an opportunity to directly address the crisis with proactive conservation aimed at preventing beloved species from becoming endangered.

Please rally your fellow gardeners to help pass the historic Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, which dedicates the most significant investment in wildlife conservation in a generation to state wildlife agencies and tribes. The time is now. Our goal is for bill passage by this summer.

This simple toolkit is designed to help you enlist fellow gardeners to take meaningful and easy-to-do actions to support this bill. We are racing toward the finish line, let’s work together to send the bill to the President’s desk which we believe he will sign! The toolkit Contains

  1. A Letter to Share with gardeners
  2. Shareable social media resources
  3. A News alert to run
  4. A Sample script for calling Congress
  5. Examples of pollinators/garden wildlife that will benefit
  6. Benefits to gardeners
  7. Source of funds
  8. More Resources

Plants are the foundation of life on Earth. Plants capture energy from sunlight, regulate the atmosphere, and serve as the base of the food chain upon which we depend. North America is home to an incredible diversity of native plants that form unique ecological communities across the continent’s varied terrains—from the Arctic tundra to the coastal plains of the Southeast, from the arid deserts of the Southwest to the lush Acadian forests of the Northeast, and everywhere in between. Like the animal species that depend on them, many plants are threatened by the conversion, degradation, and fragmentation of their habitat caused by human activities. These threats are exacerbated by ongoing climate change, putting many plants at risk of extinction.

Compared to animals, at-risk plants receive fewer resources toward their conservation and recovery. This could meaningfully change if the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act were to pass. Plants are typically excluded from the term wildlife and many states have not included plants or invertebrates in their State Wildlife Action Plans in the past. This Act will increase funding to plants by providing additional funds to any states that include plants in their action plans. Therefore, much-needed conservation resources may soon be available to the thousands of plants at risk of extinction in the United States.

The ever-present need to preserve and protect endangered plants makes the decades-long efforts of the NatureServe Network to identify, monitor, and conserve native plant species even more important. The U.S. government looks to NatureServe data to understand which plants are most at risk, which threats they face, and how to protect them.

The map below illustrates some of the vascular plants that are at risk of extinction globally and that are particularly vulnerable in the indicated state or Tribal Nation. These species highlight the taxonomic and visual diversity of the plant kingdom, and they exemplify the breadth of the native biodiversity knowledge of the NatureServe Network. Nonetheless, the species illustrated here represent only a sliver of the many thousands of at-risk plants in the United States.

With a Vote on the House Floor expected Tuesday 6/14, the most important thing we can do is to simply ask our Members of Congress to VOTE YES on Recovering America’s Wildlife Act