Weekly News Roundup: It’s Pollinator Week and more!
This week marks National Pollinator Week! Take the time to learn about the many different pollinating animal species that pollinate our crops and wildflowers. Pollinators such as the bumble bee, hummingbird, bats and the moth all play a crucial part of the forest ecosystem. If you happen to come across one this weekend, snap a picture and if it’s inspiring, submit it to this year’s National Wildlife Photo Contest for your chance to win!
In other news, we are only eight days away from our tenth annual Great American Backyard Campout! For those of you who have registered, you’re awesome! If you haven’t, register today and help NWF reach its goal of getting more than 200,000 people to camp outdoors!
Take the pledge now to participate in this year’s Great American Backyard Campout and help make an important difference for America’s wildlife!
What’s happening at the National Wildlife Federation this week?
NWF Awarded $2.9 Million Grant to Restore Massachusetts’ Great Marsh
June 17 – The future of New England’s largest contiguous estuarine system is more certain today thanks to a $2.9 million restoration grant awarded to the National Wildlife Federation. The Department of Interior funded grant will enable the Great Marsh Resiliency Partnership, a coalition of conservation groups and federal, state and local agencies, to protect coastal communities along the North Shore of Massachusetts from storms and flooding by strengthening the resiliency of the ecological systems upon which those communities depend.
Earth’s Magnet School Awarded Eco-Schools USA Green Flag for Exceptional ‘Green’ Achievement
June 16 – Earth’s Magnet School was recognized with the Green Flag by National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program for conserving natural resources and integrating environmental education into the curriculum. Earth’s Magnet School is the 28thschool in the country, to achieve “Green Flag” status.
Approximately 533 students and 23 faculty along with invited guests were present at the Green Flag event on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Earth’s Magnet School, 2626 Michael Drive, Newbury Park, CA 91320.
NWF in the News:
National Wildlife Federation advocate Adam Kolton said a rider against it would be “against the interests of American sportsmen.”
Climate Progress: Tar Sands Development Is Killing Birds, New Study Finds
“The report, published by the National Wildlife Federation and Natural Resources Council of Maine, outlines the risks Canadian tar sands development poses to migratory birds. More than 292 species of protected birds rely on the boreal forest for breeding habitat, including the endangered whooping crane, and at least 130 of those are threatened by tar sands development.”
The Christian Science Monitor: National Pollinator Week: Teaching kids the real birds and bees
The National Wildlife Federation in a 2012 report found that roughly 200 million Americans will face “serious psychological distress from climate related events and incidents.”
Detroit Lakes Online: President Obama signs bill expanding definition of AIS
“The aggressive, fast-growing invasive carp — which appear to fly out of the water serving as not only a concern to native fish but a boating hazard as well — are now at the verge of invading the Great Lakes, the National Wildlife Federation reported.”
Daily News: $2.9 million eyed for dune, marsh protection
“The National Wildlife Federation yesterday announced it received a $2.9 million restoration grant from the federal Department of the Interior. The money will be used for a variety of projects — among them importing sand to shore up dunes, planting dunegrass, ridding the marsh of invasive non-native plants, and studying the ebb and flow of sand along the beaches and through the marsh.”