2014 Archives

Na'Taki with Earth Tomorrow students at Arabia Mountain in Georgia.

Weekly News Roundup: White House Champions of Change and More!

3/21/2014 // By Anne Goddard

Climate Change vs. Big Cats From intimidating bears to fierce gators, mascots across the country are the face of any college athletic program.  It is hard to not feel a surge of school spirit when you see your beloved mascot take […] Read more >

Bicknell's Thrush. Photo by Steve D. Faccio (Vermont Center for Ecostudies)

You’re Invited: Retirement Party for the Portland-Montreal Pipeline

3/20/2014 // By Annie Mackin

NWF recently released documents showing the company that owns the Portland-Montreal pipeline estimated its pipes to have a 60-year life span. We did the math: The pipe built in 1950 passed its projected retirement date in 2010. So we’d like […] Read more >

A may fly. Photo by Dave Funk, courtesy Stroud Research Center.

Bugs Are Beautiful (Really!)

3/20/2014 // By Guest Author

By Beverly Payton  Chances are that if you were asked to name some animals that make up the wonderful diversity of wildlife in and around our streams and rivers, you probably mention fish, frogs, turtles and, maybe, some aquatic mammals, […] Read more >

Park Rangers from Blue Heron Park assist PS 57 students with water sampling studies.

Students at PS 57 Conduct a 14-Month Water Quality Study

3/20/2014 // By Emily Fano

March 17–23 is National Wildlife Week, and this year’s theme is water, specifically people and wildlife’s shared need for clean water. In keeping with this year’s theme, Junior Scientists and Junior Rangers at PS57, a Green Flag Eco-School in Staten Island New York, […] Read more >

Pacific chorus frog by Dave Huth.

5 Frogs Coming to a Pond Near You

3/19/2014 // By Dani Tinker

The beginning of spring signals the return of frogs to local vernal pools, streams, and wetlands. Frogs are amphibians, which means “double life,” because they live part of their lives on land, and part of it in water. That means […] Read more >

Hellbender salamander photo by Flickr user KErry Wixted.

The Hellbender Salamander – Our Most Bizarre National Treasure

3/18/2014 // By Guest Author

The hellbender is an animal of contradictions. It has lungs, but is not an air breather. Young hellbenders are fish food, but adults swallow fish whole. Sometimes hellbenders eat other hellbenders. During the breeding season, a single male vigilantly guards […] Read more >

Bristol Bay, Alaska, is home to the world's largest sockeye salmon run. Michael Melford photo for the Renewable Resources Foundation

You Are Making a Difference for Wild Salmon and Wild Places

3/18/2014 // By Russell Bassett

Salmon are amazing creatures. They are born in fresh water, migrate many miles to the ocean where they spend most of their life, and then return to the stream they were born to start the cycle of life over again. […] Read more >

Na'Taki conducting stream monitoring with Earth Tomorrow students.

NWF’s Na’Taki Osborne Jelks Honored with White House Champions of Change Award

3/17/2014 // By Anne Goddard

The Obama Administration selected Na’Taki Osborne Jelks, manager of Education and Advocacy Programs in National Wildlife Federation’s Atlanta office, as one of 14 White House Champions of Change for her outstanding work in engaging the next generation of conservation leaders.   Na’Taki’s recognition […] Read more >

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10 Wildlife You [Probably] Didn’t Know Existed in the Gulf of Mexico

3/17/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

The Gulf of Mexico is home to more than 15,420 species; from the coastal estuaries to the deep sea floor, the biodiversity of the Gulf is astonishing! To highlight this diversity we thought that it would be fun to introduce you to […] Read more >

Point Arena-Stornetta along California's Mendocino coastline has been added to the California Coastal National Monument. Flickr photo by BLM California.

Obama Uses Pen to Protect California Shoreline: More on Way?

3/16/2014 // By Judith Kohler

President Barack Obama promised in his State of the Union address to use his authority to protect “more of our pristine federal lands for future generations” to get around congressional resistance to new wilderness areas, national parks and monuments. So […] Read more >