28 January 2011 Members Project: This Week, Vote for Florida Panthers Posted by: Elizabeth Kricfalusi | 2 comments | Share: Thanks to everyone who has been voting for Defenders of Wildlife each week to help us try to win $200,000 in funding from Members Project from American Express. You can vote once a week through February 20, 2011 and this week you’re voting for Florida panthers! At last count, just an estimated 100 to 160 Florida panthers are left in the world. Tragically, too many of these rare and beautiful cats are dying as victims of road kill (16 killed in 2010!) and suffering due to the loss of habitat. Help us secure the funds we need to save Florida panthers. Please vote today! Did You Know…? Panthers are habitat generalists, meaning that they use a variety of habitat types, including forests, prairies and swamps. Vote for Defenders today to help save Florida panthers! Two hundred thousand dollars can do a lot of good for panthers and other wildlife. It can help us plan and advocate for panther crossings to reduce the number of cats killed on Florida’s roads. It can help us protect panther habitat, such as Big Cypress National Preserve, expanding the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, and working with landowners for preservation of habitat on private lands. And it can help us reduce conflicts between panthers and humans through education and on-the-ground efforts. How to Vote for Defenders The current round of voting runs through midnight on Sunday, February 20, 2011. You can vote once a week throughout the voting period. Here’s how to get started: Go to the Defenders Members Project page at www.defenders.org/membersproject. Scroll down to the Vote section in the lower left corner of the page. The Members Project is a partnership between American Express and TakePart, so you need to be a member of TakePart to vote. First, click the Sign Up And Vote button. NOTE: If you’re already registered and logged in with TakePart, the button will say Vote For This Charity and clicking it will take you to the final step below. Click the Register to Vote button. A form will pop up. Fill out all the required fields and make sure you check the boxes to accept the terms for both TakePart and Members Project. NOTE: You can use your full name as your username, including a space, if you want. Once you’re registered, scroll down the page and click the Defenders logo. A little box will pop up. Click the Vote button in the popup. You’ll be prompted to confirm your choice. That’s it! Thanks for voting for Defenders of Wildlife! Thanks to the dedicated support of caring wildlife champions like you, Defenders is currently leading the pack in the Environment and Wildlife category, with 83% of the votes. There are only a few weeks left until the winner is announced so let’s finish up strong! Remember, you can vote once a week until February 20th! 2 Responses to “Members Project: This Week, Vote for Florida Panthers” Alltek Bee Removal February 16th, 2011 It’s a shame that there are so few of these majestic cats left. I am telling everyone to help raise awareness. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?