Pilot Mountain State Park, North Carolina

A Low Point for Protecting Wildlife and Wild Places

[10/2/2015 // By Guest Author]

September 30, 2015 will go down as a low point in the history of the conservation movement in the United States of America. Congress allowed the Land and Water Conservation Fund to expire. The Land and Conservation Fund was created …

Celebrating National Public Lands and Hunting and Fishing Day

Phronghorn. Photo by Mark Gocke, USDA.

New Ozone Rule to Better Protect Wildlife, Public Health

[10/2/2015 // By Jenny Rowland]

This Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a rule that will benefit public health, vegetation, and wildlife. The Agency finalized a new standard for ozone and smog pollution of 70 parts per billion (ppb). This rule will benefit wildlife and …

Protecting Wildlife From Toxic Discharges

Wildlife Crossing in Banff National Park by Anthony P. Clevenger of Western Transportation Institute

Is Less Always More?

[10/1/2015 // By Melissa Gaydos]

Since its first introduction in 1975, the single large or several small (SLOSS) debate has sparked considerable controversy among conservation practitioners. Originally derived for providing recommendations for wildlife refuge design, the SLOSS debate has been formulated and referenced to describe …

Where Rivers Meet the Sea

GFW Gift Guide Cover

Introducing the Garden for Wildlife Gift Guide Catalog

[9/29/2015 // By NWF]

For 30 years, National Wildlife Federation has been offering nature-inspired merchandise through National Wildlife Catalog. Now, we’ve launched a brand new online catalog called the Garden for Wildlife Gift Guide. It’s filled with everything you need to create a thriving wildlife …

Meet the Real Cougars (Mountain Lions) of L.A.

From St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s residence.  Photo by Mayor Francis Slay’

Declining Monarch Butterfly Finds Hope for Recovery in St. Louis

[9/15/2015 // By Patrick Fitzgerald]

About this time last year, the National Weather Service spotted a cloud stretching from the St. Louis area east into Illinois. Meteorologists watching the radar noted that its shape was irregular and it was changing shapes. Turns out, it was …

Five Ways of Making Your Lawn Better


Students Boost Leadership at Atlanta’s Earth Tomorrow Summer Institute

[9/14/2015 // By Crystal Grant]

Once a year, high school student environmental leaders from NWF Earth Tomorrow® clubs in Atlanta can apply to spend six days in a residential Summer Institute program at the Georgia Institute of Technology that provides them with the opportunity to develop leadership …

Hog Factory Threatens Fish and Wildlife on Buffalo National Scenic River in Arkansas


Discovery Hill: An Outdoor Learning Laboratory

[9/1/2015 // By Jennifer Hammonds]

The importance of children having outdoor learning spaces at schools is well established. Outdoor classrooms are effective for applied science education, inquiry-based learning, physical and emotional health, and brain function. They are also effective at keeping America’s increasingly ‘indoor kids’ in …

USA and Taiwan Students Work Together to Address Environmental Issues

Moose at Upper Twin Lake, Idaho.  Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Diane Higdem.

Four Ways to Get in the Flow and Enjoy Wildlife

[7/31/2015 // By Maggie Yancey]

Creating lasting memories in nature starts with experiencing the beauty of wildlife, and wildlife depend on water! Poll after poll shows that Americans care about clean water for fish and wildlife, for outdoor recreation, and for healthy drinking water, but …

Where is Everyone? Growing the Next Generation Outdoors


Meet the Foxes of Silicon Valley

[9/20/2015 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom]

“What does the fox say?” asks the group Ylvis in their now famous song. Researcher Bill Leikam has some answers. His nickname, The Fox Guy, is well earned. Having spent many hours in the field observing, he is like the …

NWF Naturalist Offers Bear Encounter Tips