Years of habitat destruction and degradation, development, overharvesting, and deliberate killing have taken their toll on our native wildlife. The Endangered Species Act has traditionally been the primary mechanism for ensuring the survival of our most critically endangered wildlife. But many species have not declined to the point of requiring federal listing, even though they occupy just a portion of their former range.
The good news is that, thanks to decades of attention and resources directed at protecting and restoring habitat and more recently, a new source of federal funding for state wildlife planning, many opportunities exist to work collaboratively with a range of partners to welcome back species to places where they have been extirpated locally.
Defenders created the Species Restoration Partnerships (SRP) program to identify species in need of attention, identify protected lands where they once existed and can be restored, and work cooperatively with local stakeholders and partners to reintroduce these species and/or implement proactive management activities to encourage their return.
To learn more or to apply for funding, please contact Caroline Kennedy.
Earth Friend Wild Species Fund
To date, Defenders SRP projects have been primarily funded by the Earth Friends Wild Species Fund, thanks to grants from the Earth Friends Wildlife Foundation. This funding source has allowed us to provide quick response to unforeseen and emergency projects. Recent examples include funding to the Southeastern Bat Biodiversity Network to construct artificial roosting habitat for two rare bat species in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. A second Katrina-related project provided funds for artificial nesting cavities for red cockaded woodpeckers, a federally listed species, in Louisiana.
The Earth Friends Wildlife Foundation has supported Defenders since 1994 in our work on numerous species, including black-footed ferrets, swift fox, jaguars and wolves.