Canyon Echoes- Get Your Petitions!

By Newsroom America Feeds at 21 Feb 08:01

"Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others." ~ Booker T. Washington

In this issue:

- Direct Democracy Opportunities -- Help Gather Signatures! - Volunteers Needed to Help Monitor Our Rivers - Tucson: Ban Trophy Hunting Of Big Wild Cats - Wild At Heart Raptor Rescue - Last Call for Calendars: Special Price - Please Support Our Work! --------------------------------------------------

Direct Democracy Opportunities -- Help Gather Signatures!

Sierra Club has endorsed two ballot measures so far this cycle and will be considering a third. To get on the ballot, each of these needs your help with gathering signatures and spreading the word with your friends and family.

We are supporting a ban on trophy hunting of five cat species -- mountain lions, bobcats, lynx, ocelot, and jaguars. Learn more about the measure and why this is needed on the Arizonans for Wildlife website at http://click.emails.sierraclub.org/?qs=f3176311b8ad1ce9eb45cee2aa1dc81af5c635fe162e3e17e3fad2ad8a62a9976b072a5ced13cc8a8cc48d0bd87d84f149f5a45e84d2dbdd and then contact us to get your petitions. We have lots of tabling opportunities coming up as well too, so consider volunteering for those.

We also are supporting a measure to limit dirty money in campaigns by requiring disclosure of the big donors. If you are like most Americans and most Arizonans, you agree that money has too much influence on the outcome of our elections and that we all should know who is bankrolling these campaigns. Check out information on this measure here http://click.emails.sierraclub.org/?qs=f3176311b8ad1ce9c19f269e3e2d179c6b90400578de943bf8af9fb989028b8b7c3fe57ffd163abbedc759f14ee3004aaa4c4202235a491c and then request your petitions.

Finally, a third ballot measure was filed yesterday. It will increase Arizona's renewable energy standard to 50%. We will be evaluating that in the coming days, so please stay tuned for more on that.

For more information and to get your petitions, please contact Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 or sandy.bahr@sierraclub.org . --------------------------------------------------

Volunteers Needed to Help Monitor Our Rivers

San Pedro Training in Sierra Vista Monday, March 5, 10 A.M. - Noon Training in Verde Valley Saturday, April 14, 10 A.M. - Noon

Come to the Verde or the San Pedro with Arizona Water Sentinels and learn about water quality monitoring. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) staff will give presentations on what past years' data are showing, and Sierra Club staff will provide training so you can get involved in monitoring the water quality in these important rivers.

For more information, contact Jennifer Martin at jennifer.martin@sierraclub.org. --------------------------------------------------

Tucson: Ban Trophy Hunting of Big Wild Cats

Join Sierra Club's Rincon Group (southern Arizona) and learn from Arizonans for Wildlife about how you can protect big wild cats.

Thursday, March 8th 7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M. Ward Three Tucson City Council Office 1510 E Grant Rd http://click.emails.sierraclub.org/?qs=f3176311b8ad1ce93cd6b57a0d9276734cf1d418f667ba5fc35b5669109b3d6b9e62173555888b4793012c5606eea1cd59b6ec4fa794b6fa

Arizonans for Wildlife is a broad coalition dedicated to banning the trophy hunting of wild cats in Arizona. Sierra Club and more than 80 other organizations are part of this coalition.

It is legal in our state to hunt mountain lions and bobcats, even using hounds and trapping, primarily for their fur or heads for trophy mounting. Arizonans for Wildlife is organizing a ballot initiative, gathering required petition signatures so Arizona voters can decide in November if trophy hunting of our wild cats will be outlawed. Arizonans for Wildlife representatives will discuss the campaign and how attendees can get involved in it. --------------------------------------------------

Wild at Heart Raptor Rescue

Join Sierra Club's Saguaro Group (northern Maricopa County) as we provide hands-on assistance to Wild At Heart. This organization is a rescue, rehabilitation, and release center for birds of prey.

Saturday, March 10th 9:30 A.M. 31840 N 45th St. Cave Creek http://click.emails.sierraclub.org/?qs=f3176311b8ad1ce9d5b0c52e7f3f415937bbcd69dc70fad14765c53e3c7e62198c4b13d48daf390d679d5e0ab751af8510f14d859f21e5d4

We will be assisting with landscaping and/or general maintenance. We will also tour the facility and get a first-hand view of Wild at Heart's rescue activities. Bring drinking water, sun screen, work gloves, and a hat. Required tools will be provided. Please plan on approximately 2 - 3 hours. Light snacks will follow work/tour.

For more information, contact Urb Weidner at 602-300-8505 or northwoods@cox.net. --------------------------------------------------

Last Call for Calendars: Special Price

On sale now! Purchase one today for just $10. Filled with beautiful pictures and handy information, they make great gifts! Proceeds benefit our Inspiring Connections Outdoors program that works with youth in our communities.

Send your check made out to Sierra Club to 514 W. Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85003.

Questions? Contact Lydia Wilson at lydia.wilson@sierraclub.org or (602) 253-9140. --------------------------------------------------

Please Support Our Work

Our work depends on the support of people like you. Please consider making a donation to further our efforts to protect Arizona's wild lands, wildlife, people, and places. Thank you so much!

http://click.emails.sierraclub.org/?qs=f3176311b8ad1ce9852d8822427834086d34293746f22a910ed9a41a4f43260100430b9f010915b5375e3d48a3355a132fc77ef3f423f907


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