Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has signed an order that could expose Teshekpuk Lake and other protected Special Areas in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska to oil drilling.
Teshekpuk Lake has the highest density of shorebirds in the Arctic, provides critical habitat for threatened spectacled eiders, king eiders, red-throated loons, dunlins and buff-breasted sandpipers, and hosts the calving grounds for the Teshekpuk Lake Caribou Herd.
Many birds come to this area to molt, a vulnerable time when they cannot fly to escape threats. Additional protected Special Areas in the Reserve sustain beluga whales, polar bears, musk oxen, caribou and peregrine falcons. All could face drilling threats if Zinke revises its protection plan.
Send him a message to keep protected Special Areas in the Reserve safe!