2014 Archives

Transporting tar sands through Vermont would directly threaten the moose, fish and birds that rely on clean water to survive. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Marin Packer.

Climate Change Really Bugs Wildlife  

8/19/2014 // By Mollie Simon

Who doesn’t love spotting a moose in the wild? Or the satisfaction of a successful garden harvest? Or catching a fish on a beautiful summer’s day? These outdoor experiences are fundamentally important in our lives but are being threatened by […] Read more >

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Win for Wildlife: Oregon Rejects Coal Exports

8/18/2014 // By Kassie Rohrbach

In a landmark decision today, the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) rejected a necessary permit for Ambre Energy’s Morrow Pacific coal export project along the Columbia River.  This historic decision deals a severe blow to Ambre Energy’s struggling proposal and marks […] Read more >

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The Economics of Public Lands

8/18/2014 // By Frank Sturges

The over 640 million acres of federal public land benefit wildlife, recreation enthusiasts, and local residents every single day. They provide wildlife habitat, drinking water, and opportunities to challenge ourselves in the outdoors. Despite these many values, some state legislatures […] Read more >

An osprey seen flying over the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, followed by a black tern. Photo Credit: Ken Sturm, USFWS

Exploring the Missisquoi River – What’s at Stake from a Tar Sands Spill in Vermont?

8/15/2014 // By Annie Mackin

On a lazy August afternoon in the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, the wide river flows under gently bobbing white and yellow water lilies, around easily missed turtles basking on rocks, past watchful tall herons, and narrows on its way out […] Read more >

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 >