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WildEarth Guardians could not function without the dedication and determination of people like you. These Guardians have gone above and beyond to protect the West’s wildlife and wild places—share your story with us, "Why are you a Guardian of the wild?"

Renee Vance cougar snapshot

"I am an artist living in Tucson, AZ, and am fortunate enough to be surrounded by wildlife in abundance. Living in the desert, every day I see the interconnection of each and every animal to their environment and also how important it is to protect them and the natural areas they need to survive. This is why I put WildEarth Guardians in my will. I want to do all I can to help these animals and I know WildEarth Guardians will be fighting for their protection and the wild places they need, long after I’m gone."

~ Renée Vance, Tucson, AZ

Karina Bird pc Karina Bird

Karina Bird is the second generation of Birds to work at WildEarth Guardians. This summer Karina worked with our Conservation Services team as our intern on projects that varied from foundation research to event support. We are grateful for her strong work ethic, input and execution on projects, and can-do attitude. Thank you, Karina!

~ Karina Bird, Santa Fe, NM

snapshot Rebecca and Dan

“We live next to a ‪National Forest, so we are fortunate to be able to walk in beauty every day. But even when we were city dwellers, we realized how vitally important and yet gravely imperiled our wild places are. WildEarth Guardians is at the forefront of cutting-edge litigation, education, and mobilization. We are proud Wild Bunch members. Join us!”

~ Rebecca Henderson and Dan Kowalski, Pinewood Springs, CO

snapshot Janie Chodosh

“WildEarth Guardians is not afraid of taking bold and decisive steps to protect wildlife and wild places. They use science to make the strongest decisions for the future of the planet. My daughter and I both love wilderness and all things wild, and we want to make sure that the creatures and places we love are still around when she grows up, so we decided to volunteer our time in helping an organization that we see knows how to fight and to make a difference.”

~ Janie Chodosh, Santa Fe, NM

Makai Bacon snapshot
Kadin Bacon Snapshot

An enthusiastic shout-out to our amazing volunteers, including Makai and Kadin Bacon pictured on the left, who made this year’s Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour in Santa Fe the best ever. We depend on our volunteers to sell raffle tickets, help with seating, answer questions, and generally be incredibly helpful. Thank you to the following individuals for your time and energy—you inspire us!
John Josef
Harvey Van Sickle
Whitney, Kadin, & Makai Bacon
Donielle Carrillo
Jonathan Day
Stacie Singleton

Alan Soloman activist snapshot

“WildEarth Guardians works as a team for one common goal: restoring wildness in the West. They triumph in the courtroom for wildlife and are persistent with conclusive evidence. They are confidant individually and as a whole, and they never lose their purpose. Wildlife and the planet always come first. That impresses me.”

~ Alan Solomon, Palm Desert, Calif.

activist spotlight Chris Jolly

“I support the WildEarth Guardians because, within the landscape of a larger environmental movement grown soft with compromise, the Guardians still carry the original green fire proudly. Like the wolves themselves, the Guardians are lean, agile, efficient, and in matters of wild places and wild things unyielding. When I support the Guardians with my money and my time, I see exactly where both of these contributions go: to the front lines, where each dollar and hour truly matters.”

~ Craig Jolly, Santa Fe, N.M.

snapshot Jeanne-Marie Aurnague

“I have been an environmental activist since 1985. I fought for the Northwest Forests in Oregon for many years. Over the last decade, I have focused on online activism, signing and sharing important petitions for the environment, animals, and humanity. I am passionate and very concerned that our children will not have the future they deserve. I believe that clean water, air, and earth are natural rights. The selling off and destruction of natural resources, like water, should be illegal. WildEarth Guardians is a very important organization working to save the natural earth for us and for the future. I love them for that and hope to continue to help them succeed.”

~ Jeanne-Marie Aurnague, Santa Fe, N.M.

snapshot Jeremy Gregory

Jeremy Gregory is the Executive Director of Tindakan, a nonprofit that supports solutions-based endeavors that focus on ecological & social justice causes, worldwide. Jeremy is also pursuing an individualized degree at Metro State in Eco-Social Justice Principles. It was through Tindakan's working relationship with WildEarth Guardians that Jeremy decided to intern with us for his senior experience at Metro State.

~ Jeremy Gregory, Denver, Colorado

snapshot Brendan Young

"Wild places have always been where I feel the most alive. Film is all about story. Vital to a complete story is emotion and ultimately empathy. A successful story and film moves the heart. My aim in telling these stories is to allow viewers to connect with the individuals, and the images and sounds of the bird and the landscape, so that they can empathize with these wild places."

~ Brendan Young, Washington D.C., Filmmaker of Guardians Voices: Sage Grouse Stories

snapshot Judy Williams R1

We are grateful to Judy Williams, our amazing volunteer in Santa Fe. She is currently working on our “emergency response” policy. Judy says, “I love WildEarth Guardians. They are fearless and a heck of a lot of fun!”

~ Judy Williams, Santa Fe, New Mexico

snapshot Wendy Volkman

"WildEarth Guardians works across sectors to link issues, constituents, strategies, and short- and long-term goals. I got involved via their work to protect the Greater Chaco region. I’m impressed Guardians is connecting this struggle with others around the country to build a broader, national narrative about, and vision for, our collective energy future. Go Guardians!"

~ Wendy Volkmann, Santa Fe, New Mexico

snapshot Milton and Marcia Berg

"We love volunteering for WildEarth Guardians for the people that work here, and because we love doing what we can for the animals."

~ Milton and Marcia Berg, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Snapshot Juli Wagner

"As an intern at WildEarth Guardians this summer, I had a great opportunity to learn the hard work of raising environmental awareness and protecting the wild. I helped organize Guardians events, expanded their presence online, and spread the word about their efforts in the courtroom. I worked and was mentored by Guardians’ amazing staff mostly doing graphic design. I live in Albuquerque, where I attend Bosque School, so I commuted to Santa Fe every day on the train. Overall, Guardians has helped me come to appreciate the wild places of the west and learn more about endangered species protection, fracking, and our shared environment as a whole."

~ Juli Wagner, Albuquerque, New Mexico

snapshop Carly Bonwell

Carly Bonwell, a high school senior, is one of our summer interns. Carly comes into the Santa Fe office twice weekly and has quickly become indispensable. This week she is working on our Montana, Utah, and Arizona events—see details below. Thank you Carly!

~ Carly Bonwell, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Snapshot Logan Ezra

I have been interested in protecting wildlife and nature since I can remember. I have a wildlife organization I started called the Anti-Killing Campaign to protect wildlife. It is a great feeling to know that WildEarth Guardians values and protects the same thing I am fighting for.

~ Logan Ezra, age 14, Boulder, Colorado

snapshot Jules Elise

"What an amazing and incredible event! As a volunteer, I was impressed by how classy the Howling Affair in Denver was. Guardians rocks! I was honored to be part of the evening. Thank you for all the wonderful work you do."

~ Jules Elise, Ft Collins, Colorado

Snapshot Connor Calvert

"This is my first time volunteering with WildEarth Guardians. I got involved with Stream Team through my University of New Mexico class, so I thought this would be a great idea because I love to fly fish, hunt, and hike. I love the outdoors and this fit perfectly. I've come up here today (to Rio de las Vacas) and I really had a great time."

~ Conner Calvert, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Activist Snapshop Keora

"WildEarth Guardians is full of amazing and friendly people that are fun to work with.  They do positive things for the environment and humanity, and I love helping an organization with great goals!"

~ Keora Flanary-Olayvar, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Snapshot Jeff Davis Activist Spotlight

"I did quite a bit of research on non-profit environmental and animal protection groups working in the western United States before I decided where I was going to invest my time and money for volunteer work. WildEarth Guardians came out the winner for many reasons, primarily because I was convinced they had the correct ethics to do this important work. As the Boulder Wolf Pack Leader, I am strongly opposed to hunting/trapping of all apex predators and WildEarth Guardians leads the pack on this issue. I am very happy with my commitment to this organization and know in my heart they are in it for the right reasons to protect and preserve our wonderful western landscape and animals."

~ Jeff Davis, Boulder, Colorado

Snapshot Jackie Shane volunteer

Jackie Shane has been a Guardian for five years, collaborating with our development and administrative team. We love how she will take on any project. Jackie’s most recent endeavor has been to distribute our Wild at Heart newsletter around Santa Fe. We particularly love that she does this by bike despite the winter cold. “Working with Guardians enables me to free up some time from the busy Guardian staff members." Her bike is equipped with a rack, two sturdy metal baskets, and a sticker that says "Powered by Me."

~ Jackie Shane, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Snapshot Meg

Meg Townsend, an Oregon Law School alumna, is spending the next several months as a fellow in the Wild Places and Wild Rivers Programs. Meg has already drafted comments to ensure a Forest Service land exchange does not undermine protections for the mighty Rio Grande. "Working with Guardians allows me to protect our precious lands, rivers, and fish and wildlife by ensuring that the agencies responsible for enforcing our environmental laws are held accountable for their decisions.”

~ Meg Townsend, Royal Oak, Michigan

Annie_Parizeau activist snapshot

Annie Parizeau featured and fundraised for WildEarth Guardians as part of her school’s fifth grade “charity awareness” project. Annie says, “I chose this organization because wildlife is very important to me. More and more wild places are being taken over by humans, and I would hate to see a world one day where no one knows what trees look like because they are so scarce.”

~ Annie Parizeau, Sherborn, Massachusetts

Snapshot Rahul Mukherjee

"As a bird conservationist, I speak for those that cannot speak. I have chosen in particular to become an activist for the Greater sage grouse because it is a species in danger and clearly in need of protection. Sage grouse habitat loss is largely a result of development and thus, as citizens of the world, we all share the moral responsibility to protect this species. It has been a great pleasure in getting to know the staff of WildEarth Guardians and I am VERY appreciative of your work to protect sage-grouse."

~ Rahul Mukherjee, Sandy, Utah

Snapshot Activist Gavin Epstein

“I love the wild. Working with Guardians this summer has been a wonderful experience; I’ve learned a lot about the workings of a nonprofit, and feel good about helping the outdoor southwest I care about.”

~ Gavin Epstein, Santa Fe, New Mexico


Activist Joseph Thomas Snapshot

"Conservation is frequently an arduous uphill battle against vested interests and entrenched bureaucracies. Thank goodness the talented folks at Guardians are there to take up the challenges of protecting animals that have no voice, defending places that must be preserved, and safeguarding resources that cannot be replaced. As a Colorado landscape and wildlife photographer, I know well what has been lost, and what we still stand to lose. Because of this, I enthusiastically contribute my images as well as my financial support to WildEarth Guardians."

~ Joseph Thomas, Colorado
    (Visit Joseph's photo website here to see a sampling of his gorgeous images.)
Jan Ellen Burton Snapshot

"I love the outdoors and wildlife. I have worried about wolves coming into Utah because they are wolves and Utah is not always wildlife friendly. However, the main position of Wildlife Guardians is to protect the environment, and although that is a very difficult task these days, life in Utah is changing. People are more pro-animal than the legislature appears to be. So--I think it is time to work to save the animals."

~ Jan Ellen Burton, Salt Lake City, Utah
Snapshot Activist Spotlight HA 2014 Volunteers,

Many thanks to our Sixth Annual Denver Howling Affair volunteers. They helped to create a welcoming and warm atmosphere for all of our event supporters.

~ Megan Collins, Joan Welch, and Lianna Ferguso, Denver, Colorado
Activist Sarah Chang snapshot

During Aveda's Earth Month in April 2014, I raised money for WildEarth Guardians to plant trees. Every $10 a guest donated entered them into a raffle for a free haircut. WildEarth Guardians does so much for New Mexico. I'm a native New Mexican and that means a lot to me.

~ Sarah Chang, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Activist Spotlight Kadin Bacon snapshot

WildEarth Guardians’ activists come in all sizes. Recently Guardians' Information Technology Manager Whitney Bacon’s son helped us out by zealously selling raffle tickets at our 2014 Santa Fe Telluride Mountainfilm event. 

~ Kadin Bacon, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Activist Spotlight Laura and Robert Malone

When retired high school teacher's Robert and Laura Malone are in between travels at their home in Santa Fe, they often volunteer with WildEarth Guardians. They like the hands on projects, taking down fences and planting trees, but they can also to be found stuffing envelopes or riding their bikes around town posting flyers for fundraisers and delivering newsletters. Laura says, "We believe that WildEarth Guardians is the smartest organization who aligns with our conservation values. We especially support Guardians’ work with wolf reintroduction, river habitat restoration, powering past coal, and the strong legal actions and community work they undertake for wildlife, and for clean water, air, and energy."

~ Robert and Laura Malone, Santa Fe, New Mexico