HELP SAVE THE CERULEAN WARBLER
SUPPORT A SENATE BILL TO STOP MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL COAL MINING!
|An example of the devastation caused by mountaintop mining in Appalachia. Photo courtesy of Southwings and Appalachian Voices
Using this action page, you can help stop America’s most destructive mining practice that turns mountainsides into wastelands, buries streams forever under an avalanche of fill, and decimates critically needed habitat of our fastest declining songbird.
Mountaintop-removal/valley-fill mining results in the complete removal of the top of a mountain in order to reach hidden coal seams. Millions of tons of dirt and rock that formerly composed the mountaintop are dumped into surrounding valleys, burying streams and their aquatic life forever, and impacting headwaters that supply drinking water for millions of people. More than 1,200 miles of streams and river valleys in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee have been turned into barren moonscapes by mountaintop mining activities so far, and more is planned. THIS MUST STOP!
The most notable bird species harmed by this practice is the Cerulean Warbler, which relies on mature forests, and whose core breeding range falls within the Appalachian coalfield region. Mountaintop mining destroys these forests, significantly harming Cerulean populations.
We must bring an end to the disfigurement of our landscape and prevent further loss of Cerulean Warbler habitat. Please ask your Senators to co-sponsor S. 696 that will stop the destructive practice of mountaintop mining. Just enter your zip code in the box below to automatically generate a letter.
Don't forget, the impact of your letter will be significantly increased if you add your own text to the email. Tell your elected officials in your own words how you feel about the danger posed to Cerulean Warblers and other wildlife by mountaintop mining.
Thank you for taking action to help birds and the environment!