Weekly News Roundup: May is Garden for Wildlife and more

from Wildlife Promise

As the month of May begins, so does our Garden for Wildlife Month! This year, NWF is focusing on migrant species. Between birds, butterflies and other local wildlife, May is definitely a month with high migrant traffic! Take some time and learn 5 different ways to make the most out of garden for wildlife month.

Bumble Bee by Julie Chen

A bumble bee visits a cone flower in a Tennessee backyard.

In other news, NWF is supporting efforts to get more information on Enbridge Inc. and its specific plans on expanding its decades-old pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. NWF will also be extending its 2014 application deadline for its Emerging Leader Fellowships and our very own Jan Goldman-Carter is honored with the Charlie Shaw Conservation Partnership Award at NWF’s annual meeting!

What’s happening at the National Wildlife Federation this week?

Collin O'Mara National Wildlife Federation CEO

Collin O’Mara Appointed President and CEO of National Wildlife Federation

May 1 – National Wildlife Federation, America’s oldest and largest wildlife conservation and education organization, announced last night at the annual NWF Conservation Achievement Awards gala that its Board of Directors has appointed Delaware Secretary of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Collin O’Mara to serve as the next President and Chief Executive Officer effective July 7, 2014.  He will succeed Larry Schweiger who is retiring May 2, 2014 after serving for 10 years as NWF’s President and CEO. 

Michael Roles Wins National Youth Leader Award at National Wildlife Federation’s Annual Meeting

Michael RolesApril 25 – Michael Roles of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will be awarded the prestigious Youth Leader Award at National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) 78th Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Baltimore, Maryland.

“Michael’s long-standing contributions to NWF and its Rhode Island affiliate, Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI), serves as a model for how to successfully and meaningfully engage youth leaders in the conservation movement beyond their academic years,” said Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation.

Michael Riska Wins National Award at National Wildlife Federation’s Annual Meeting

Michael RiskaApril 25 – Michael Riska of Hockessin, Delaware was awarded the prestigious Special Achievement Award at National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) 78th Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Baltimore, Maryland.

“Michael Riska has inspired hundreds of children to grow up with an appreciation of nature, and he is truly making a difference for conservation,” said Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation.

Mack Turner Honored with Charlie Shaw Conservation Partnership Award at National Wildlife Federation’s Annual Meeting

Mack TurnerApril 25 – Mack Turner of Dallas, Texas will be awarded the prestigious Charlie Shaw Conservation Partnership Award at National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) 78th  Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Baltimore, Maryland.

“Mack lives Charlie Shaw’s vision of the NWF-Affiliate partnership, through his energy, strategic thinking, personal integrity and tremendous enthusiasm for the outdoors,” said president and CEO of National Wildlife Federation, Larry Schweiger.

Norm Ritchie Wins Prestigious Award at National Wildlife Federation’s Annual Meeting

Norm RitchieApril 25 – Norm Ritchie of Portland, Oregon has been selected as the recipient of the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) 2014 National Conservation Affiliate Volunteer of the Year Award for outstanding contribution of time, talents and service to support NWF and its state affiliate’s mission. The award will be presented on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at NWF’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

RenaissanceRe Holding Ltd. Honored at National Wildlife Federation’s National Conservation Achievement Awards

Conservation Achievement AwardApril 25 – RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: RNR) has been selected as the recipient of the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) 2014 Corporate Leadership Award for their reinsurance policies and practices. The company will receive its award on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at NWF’s Conservation Achievement Awards in Washington D.C.

“RenaissanceRe strongly believes the insurance industry can be a positive force for change in areas where they have unique expertise to offer,” said president and CEO of National Wildlife Federation, Larry Schweiger. “Their innovative practices aim to reduce injury and loss of life, decrease damage to properties, enhance the resiliency of coastal and other risk-exposed habitats, and lessen the cycles of reconstruction and repair after disasters.”

NWF in the News:

Washington Post: Del. Environment secretary to head wildlife group

“Collin O’Mara confirmed Thursday that he will leave the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control in July to become president and CEO of the country’s oldest and largest conservation organization. He will succeed Larry Schweiger, who is retiring Friday.”

Politico: Crunch time for Keystone XL – Shaheen-Portman moves forward – FERC’s LaFleur re-nominated as commissioner – U.S. to store gasoline in Northeast – Oil train blast barely singes Lynchburg

“McCARTHY, INTERIOR ADDRESS NWF GATHERING: The National Wildlife Federation’s annual meeting, focused this year on clean water issues, kicks off today in Baltimore with remarks from McCarthy and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. The NWF gave former President Bill Clinton a conservation award Wednesday night.”

News Daily: Michigan officials seek assurances on pipeline

“This demonstrates once more that the Great Lakes are not a partisan issue,” said Andy Buchsbaum, director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes office. “It’s gratifying to see the state of Michigan take the lead in seeking this information because they’re the ones that are going to pay the most if there’s an oil spill.”

The Hill: Protecting America’s waters

“A handful of members of Congress are currently negotiating the final pieces of a bill that will affect the fate of America’s rivers, coasts, and wetlands. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and the conference committee should protect our waters and save taxpayer dollars by crafting a final Water Resources Development Act that ensures a thorough vetting of all new federal water projects before they are built.”

Indian Country: Back to 350, Part 2: Confronting Climate Change in Indian Country

“The National Wildlife Federation will endure in its tribal partnerships to protect wildlife and habitat from climate change for Native Americans, and all Americans, so that future generations have the opportunity to interact with and connect to the natural world.”

Hispanic Business: Deep perspective

“Ranger Rick magazine, a wildlife publication for young readers produced by the National Wildlife Federation, is honoring Cole in the May issue as its 2013 Photographer of the Year. This is high praise considering that NWF publications feature the best of the best.”

The Denver Post: Protecting public lands

“Because of these extreme proposals, organizations and businesses, including Black Diamond, are joining forces with the National Wildlife Federation to urge the Republican National Committee to honor an important American legacy by rescinding its misguided resolution on public lands.”