2014 Archives

A family of limpkins in Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Scott Helfrich.

Congress Takes the “Wild” out of National Refuges with Funding Cuts

6/26/2014 // By Aislinn Maestas

It’s a well-known secret that some of the best places in the world to spot wildlife are at America’s refuges. From the annual bird migrations at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico to the vast caribou […] Read more >

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The Puffins of Machias Seal Island

6/26/2014 // By Guest Author

Opening the small window of the duck blind on Machias Seal Island (off the coast of Maine) to observe the puffins was exhilarating. For the next 45 minutes, I was able to unobtrusively observe puffin behavior, see their colorful markings, […] Read more >

Doane Wildlife and Conservation Organization/Sarah Genrich photographer

NWF Certified Wildlife Habitats Coming to a College Near You!

6/26/2014 // By Kristy Jones

National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife program has been helping individuals and communities certify their wildlife habitats and take action on behalf of wildlife since 1973. The program engages homeowners, businesses, schools, colleges, churches, parks and other groups that are […] Read more >

Bumble Bee by Julie Chen

Support President’s Obama’s Call to Action to Protect Bees and other Pollinators—Plant a Wildlife Garden!

6/25/2014 // By Mary Phillips

National Wildlife Federation was pleased to see the White House take steps last week to address the recent decline in pollinator numbers and bring populations back up to healthy levels. You can help pollinators right now by creating a pollinator-friendly […] Read more >

A soldier ant in Western Ghats, India, carries a larva on its head. Meeting one another's needs is a key behavior of social ants. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Sandesh Kadur.

The Life of Ants in Your Garden

6/24/2014 // By Roger Di Silvestro

As almost every U.S. gardener knows—they are out there. They are out there in teeming millions, they are out there in colonies and queendoms. They are out there on the earth, on the shrubs, on the trees. They are ants, […] Read more >

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Wildlife Encounters: Too Close For Conan!

6/23/2014 // By Anne Goddard

Oink oink! The giant Russian boar proved that he was not going to the bore the audience on David Mizejewski’s most recent Conan appearance! With large tusks, the fearsome wild pig could easily gore a human, but this boar was […] Read more >

The moose population is northeast Minnesota is being devastated by climate change.

EPA Can Do More to Spur Renewable Energy

6/23/2014 // By Jim Murphy

On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency took a bold step in putting forth the first-ever proposed standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, which account for about 40 percent of total U.S. emissions.  This historic step marks a […] Read more >

Weekly News Roundup: It’s Pollinator Week and more!

6/20/2014 // By Linda Argueta

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 […] Read more >

Not only would Vermont moose be threatened by a tar sands spill here, but they also face challenges due to climate change that will be exacerbated by runaway tar sands expansion. Credit: David Govatski USFWS

Vermont Leads New England on Path to Cleaner Fuel Mix

6/20/2014 // By Annie Mackin

As more Vermonters learn about the threat of climate disrupting tar sands—one of the planet’s dirtiest and most carbon polluting fuels—being transported through the Northeast Kingdom via an aging oil pipeline, it’s increasingly clear that they want nothing to do […] Read more >

Mountain goats jump in Colorado by Cathy and Gordon Illg.

Hold Steady! 21 Photos of Wildlife in Action

6/20/2014 // By Dani Tinker

I like to take pictures of animals, but I need them to be asleep to get a quality photo. That’s why I’m so impressed with the images below from the National Wildlife Photo Contest. These photographers were able to capture brilliant photos of wildlife in action. Think […] Read more >