Grantee Weekly Grind: Go Fly a Kite for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

In 2010, the Conservation Alliance awarded the Alaska Wilderness League a grant to encourage President Obama to designate the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) a National Monument . This winter, the ANWR celebrates its 50th year; what better time to give it the gift of permanent protection?

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge celebrates its 50th birthday this winter, and the Alaska Wilderness League is asking Americans to join the celebration.

The refuge, established in 1960 by the Eisenhower administration, is the pristine habitat of caribou, polar bears, grizzly bears, musk oxen, Dall sheep, wolves and wolverines. The people of the Gwich'in Nation call it the "Sacred Place Where Life Begins."

With every flux in gas prices, the ANWR is threatened by drilling attempts. Conservation advocates are calling for President Obama to give the refuge permanent protection by declaring it as a National Monument.

The Alaska Wilderness League is inviting all Americans to join their stand for protection by building and flying Arctic Kites on December 6, 2010. These kites symbolize the millions of migrating birds that are born in the ANWR's coastal plains.

Another way to protect American Wilderness here.

Photo by USFWS Headquarters.