2014 Archives

Weekly News Roundup: Fighting for Brown Bears and more

8/15/2014 // By Linda Argueta

Alaska’s Bristol Bay, which is home to brown bears and the largest runs of salmon in the world, might be at risk according to the National Wildlife Federation. Mining organizations are proposing the creation of the Pebble Mine, an immense […] Read more >

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A Mine Here? We Can’t Bear It

8/15/2014 // By Jane Kirchner

Every summer, brown bears gather in the pristine waterways of Alaska’s Bristol Bay to catch wild salmon swimming upstream to spawn. But soon, this vast habitat area that is home to brown bears and the largest runs of salmon in the […] Read more >

Porcupine in Wyoming by Joan Saba.

5 Drama Queens of the Animal Kingdom

8/15/2014 // By Courtney Hyde

As anyone who has ever watched reality TV can attest, drama is a natural and inescapable part of life. Even wildlife isn’t safe from the siren song of melodrama. Here are five species that could star on the Real Housewives […] Read more >

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Surprising Similarities: What’s Going on in YOUR Backyard?

8/15/2014 // By Guest Author

By Kim Kurki, author of World of Birds: A Beginner’s Guide Did you ever think of hummingbirds and woodpeckers as similar? Until recently, I didn’t. Where I live in Eastern North America, Ruby-throated hummingbirds have been lapping up nectar from […] Read more >

The United Kingdom's Greater Gabbard wind farm (flickr/DECCgovuk)

Nearing the Home Stretch, Offshore Wind Power Needs Our Focus More than Ever

8/14/2014 // By Amber Hewett

Each state’s road to tapping its offshore wind power potential is marked with its own unique set of hurdles. As a Massachusetts native, I have been hearing the back-and-forth on the Cape Wind project for more than half of my […] Read more >

Atala, Flickr user Brandon Trentler.

A Tale of Three Butterflies: Endangered Species and the Everglades

8/12/2014 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

Can you imagine a place where alligators and crocodiles live side-by-side? It isn’t a fairytale: it is America’s Everglades! The historic Everglades ecosystem once encompassed 11,000 square miles. Home to a mind-boggling diversity of plants and animals, the River of […] Read more >

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Toxic Mining Waste: Just Moments from a Disaster for Wildlife

8/12/2014 // By Avelino Maestas

When I saw footage last week of a tailing dam collapse at Mount Polley Mine, my immediate thought was of the Chino Mine near my hometown of Silver City, New Mexico. There’s a tailing dam 4 miles long and a […] Read more >

Opportunity is Growing on America’s farms

8/12/2014 // By Trisha White

I live in a big city now, but I grew up in a small town. Farms and rolling fields, pastures and paddocks, corn and combines. Those were the good ol’ days, but so much has changed since I left – […] Read more >

Fish kills, like this one in Illinois' Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, can result from hypoxia, or oxygen depletion, a common cause of which is algal blooms.  NOAA photo

For the Love of Fish: The Problems of Blooming Algae and Mass Death at Sea

8/11/2014 // By Russell Bassett

The current blue-green algal bloom in Lake Erie that forced the city of Toledo to not have drinking water for several days and the massive red-tide algal bloom off Florida’s Coast that has already killed thousands of marine animals has put a much-needed […] Read more >

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Beyond Fireflies: Bioluminescent Organisms

8/9/2014 // By Jenni Lopez

When it comes to bioluminescence, the first organism we typically think of would be the all-familiar firefly (also known as lightning bug). As land animals, fireflies are our most noticeable exposure to the reaction in which chemical energy is converted […] Read more >