We defend the Wildlife

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge supports the greatest variety of plant and animal life in the entire circumpolar north. It is one of our nation’s most majestic places, home to the Porcupine Caribou Herd, imperiled polar bears, spawning streams for Dolly Varden, Arctic Char and other valued fish species, wolves, muskoxen, Dall sheep, arctic foxes and nearly 200 species of migratory birds that migrate to six continents and all 50 states.

The Refuge’s biological heart, the coastal plain, is no place for oil and gas development. 

The federal government has admitted that it doesn’t have enough information about the impacts of oil and gas on the coastal plain to protect the wildlife and resources. Drilling would force changes to migration patterns, and imperil at-risk wildlife like polar bears, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and are federally protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The Southern Beaufort Sea polar bear population already numbers as few as 900 individuals and is considered the most threatened. Oil drilling in the last remnants of undeveloped coastal habitat in an increasingly warming Arctic could actually eradicate polar bears from the United States.

Join us to defend the wildlife who are counting on us to protect their home.

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