Lands Wildlife Habitat Team, a new conservation advocacy team of the Sierra Club Chicago Chapter, works passionately on terrestrial issues with a focus on wildlife and habitat conservation. We understand the importance of biodiversity and strive to protect, promote and educate for the future of our natural world. Several key issues include:
Protecting Apex Predators in Illinois
Apex Predators are pinnacle for a healthy ecosystem, and we welcome them back to our state where they belong. There are currently two predator bills in the Illinois General Assembly, and our legislators play an important part in the proper reintroduction of these animals. Please contact your elected official for their wildlife support:http://action.sierraclub.org/site/MessageViewer?dlv_id=318140&em_id=358628.0
House Bill 4226 (oppose) - Amends the wildlife code. Permits bobcat hunting in the State.
Senate Bill 3049 (support) - Adds Gray wolf, American black bear and cougar to the list of protected species under the Act. **update June 2014 - Bill 3049 passed in the Illinois General Assembly & is now headed to Gov Quinn's office!
Endangered Species Protection
Endangered Species are at risk for immediate extinction and need our help. There are thousands of endangered or threatened animals and birds in the United States, with the primary factors including: Habitat damage, disease or predation of the species, and natural or manmade hazards to the continued life of the species. Get to know our endangered species at the state and federal level, and enhance your knowledge of the issues by receiving endangered-species-fact-a-day:http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/ESDaily/.
Illinois Endangered Species Page: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/espb/Pages/default.aspx
US Fish & Wildlife Services Endangered Species Page: http://www.fws.gov/endangered/
Local News Articles & References
Chicago Nature & Wildlife Plan & Update
US Fish & Wildlife Services Chicago Ecological Field Office
Chicago Landscape & Birds
Our monthly meetings fall on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information about the Lands Wildlife Habitat Team and to join our monthly meetings, please contact Tom Schlipmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.