2014 Archives

8 Tips to Protect Baby Turtles in Your Yard

7/29/2014 // By David Mizejewski

Last June, Ellen Lambeth and Greg Hudson, fellow staffers here at National Wildlife Federation who work on Ranger Rick magazine, had a pretty awesome wildlife sighting. While Ellen was heading to the compost bin at the back of NWF’s headquarters landscape to deposit food scraps […] Read more >

p13 kittens NPS

Good News for Los Angeles Mountain Lions! CalTrans Pursuing Wildlife Crossing

7/29/2014 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

The now famous P22, the mountain lion who crossed two eight-lane freeways to find a new home, has captured the imagination of people in Los Angeles and beyond with his perilous journey and current plight. Trapped by the same freeways […] Read more >

Virginia opossum, gardening, NWF, National Wildlife Federation

Opossums and Gardening: A Few Things to Know

7/28/2014 // By Roger Di Silvestro

The opossum is one of the most frequently encountered U.S. wildlife species, showing up in woods and swamps, plains and marshes, cities and suburbs—and in backyard gardens, where it may play some important roles in controlling garden pests and even […] Read more >

Weekly News Roundup: A Win for Northeast Wildlife and More

7/25/2014 // By Linda Argueta

Thanks to the astounding public support from the South Portland, Maine community, wildlife in the northeast U.S. are safer than ever. With a 6-to-1 vote, the South Portland City Council passed the Clear Skies Ordinance on Monday, to stand up […] Read more >

A red maple provided a beautiful and colourful autumn background for this blue jay photographed by Bill McMullen.

Vote for the 2014 People’s Choice Award

7/24/2014 // By Avelino Maestas

Well, the 2014 National Wildlife Photo Contest is now closed. But, we still need your help selecting the winner of the 2014 People’s Choice Award. The final round of voting begins this weekend, July 28. Out of almost 30,000 entries, […] Read more >

Snake slithers in Maryland by Hannah Grove.

Eliminating Snakes in Your Yard

7/24/2014 // By David Mizejewski

As National Wildlife Federation Naturalist, I frequently get questions from folks about “getting rid of” wildlife in their yard. Especially snakes. Unfortunately, most of the advice you can find online on the subject is bad. Mothballs are often suggested, but they […] Read more >

Train carrying crude oil from ND wrecks & spills into wetlands in AL, Nov. 2013 (Flickr: Public Herald/John Wathen)

This Is All You Need to Know About How Much Big Oil Cares About Safety

7/23/2014 // By Miles Grant

The U.S. Department of Transportation is taking an important step forward to protect America’s communities and wildlife from the immense risks of the cheapest, most dangerous crude oil trains. But the regulatory order only highlights Big Oil’s inaction: Why is it […] Read more >

rafts on forested river

National Forests Support Recreation Economy

7/23/2014 // By Frank Sturges

Every year, over 160 million visitors head to our National Forests and Grasslands. Outdoor recreation enthusiasts contribute more to the economy than anything else the U.S. Forest Service does—more even than timber, grazing, and mineral development combined. Tapping our public lands […] Read more >

The Preserve was the first approved “Waif Tortoise Recipient Site” in the state and in December 2011 we adopted 4 female gopher tortoises.  Photo from City of Oakland Park.

Threatened Gopher Tortoises Benefit from Florida Community Wildlife Habitat

7/22/2014 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

Our amazing Garden for Wildlife volunteers in Oakland Park, FL are making a difference for the threatened gopher tortoise. The city, which is located in Broward County and is smack dab in the middle of the Miami metropolitan area, is working to […] Read more >

Bill Dvorak, in the green shirt to the left, took Sen. Mark Udall, front right, on a river trip through Browns Canyon over the Fourth of July holiday. Photo by Luke Dvorak

Coloradans Want Browns Canyon to be the Next National Monument

7/22/2014 // By Judith Kohler

For Bill Dvorak, permanent protection for southern Colorado’s Browns Canyon has been a long time coming. Dvorak is the National Wildlife Federation’s public lands organizer in Colorado He’s also one of the best-known outfitters in the state and has been leading […] Read more >