2014 Archives

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 >

Fishing is an excellent way for parents to connect with their children in nature. Photo by John Gale.

Go Fish: Celebrate National Wildlife Week by Going Fishing

3/14/2014 // By Russell Bassett

What are your plans for National Wildlife Week? This year’s theme for the March 17-23 celebration of all things wild is “Wildlife and Water: From the mountains to the rivers to the oceans.” With a theme like that, may I […] Read more >

Flickr photo by Connie Bransilver

Weekly News Roundup: Mascot Madness, National Wildlife Week and More!

3/14/2014 // By Anne Goddard

Spring Awakening In late March or early April, a warm rain will fall and spotted salamanders will emerge from underground in the evening to return to vernal pools to breed. This phenomenon is known as “Big Night,” and it’s a […] Read more >

Sandhill cranes are one of the many species that are impacted by tar sands development. Photo by Myrna Erler Bradshaw, NWF photo contest winner

The Top 10 Quotes from Today’s Keystone XL Hearing

3/13/2014 // By Mollie Simon

Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a long-anticipated hearing on the Keystone XL Pipeline. This hearing aimed to explore whether the pipeline is in our national interest and included panelists such as esteemed climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, and […] Read more >

The loss of boreal forest habitat from tar sands development puts the survival of thousands of Alberta woodland caribou at risk.

Brewing a Better Future in Canada

3/13/2014 // By Annie Mackin

President Obama is about to make good on a bet (technically, on two bets) he lost to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper last month, when Canada beat the United States in Olympic Hockey (twice). The two bet a case of […] Read more >

Blue-spotted salamander photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Patrick Anderson.

Big Night: Teaching Kids About Vernal Pools

3/12/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Heather Stephenson. In late March or early April, a warm rain will fall and spotted salamanders will emerge from underground in the evening to return to vernal pools to breed. This phenomenon is known as “Big Night,” […] Read more >

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Rue Mapp Receives Award for Communications

3/11/2014 // By Eva Roben

National Wildlife Federation is proud to present this year’s National Conservation Achievement Award for Communications to Rue Mapp, founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro, an organization that uses social media to reinvent African American connections to nature. The success of […] Read more >

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25+ Digital Wildlife and Nature Maps

3/11/2014 // By Danielle Brigida

Visualizing wildlife and habitat data through maps presents a powerful opportunity to determine ways to help and identify trends. There is so much potential in understanding how we’re all connected through visuals like maps. We can now monitor coral reef health thanks to Google […] Read more >

Rebecca Brown, left, poses with DOI Secretary Sally Jewell with the Washington Monument in the background. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann/DOI

DOI Secretary Jewell Meets the Future: the Next Corps of Conservationists

3/11/2014 // By Judith Kohler

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell sees fostering the next generation of conservationists as a priority.  In a speech last fall, Jewell said it’s critical to establish meaningful connections between young people and the outdoors for “the health of our economy and […] Read more >

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Kameron Peresnovich.

Climate Change Threatens Our Big Cat Mascots

3/11/2014 // By Mollie Simon

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 the field.  But mascots […] Read more >