2014 Archives

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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 >

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Treasure Trove of Pacific Wildlife Need Your Support for Expanded Marine National Monument

8/8/2014 // By Guest Author

It isn’t often that you get to mention four previous Presidents—Calvin Coolidge, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush—in the same breath as our current President, Barack Obama.  But each one—three Republicans and two Democrats—has recognized that one or […] Read more >

Weekly News Roundup: Ranger Rick Up Against Rocket Raccoon and more!

8/8/2014 // By Linda Argueta

Our famous Ranger Rick was recently mentioned in the newly released movie Guardians of the Galaxy. As many viewers are marveling over the many hidden messages in the film, one specific message pertained to us: the lovely Ranger Rick reference. […] Read more >

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Saving the Delaware River Basin

8/8/2014 // By Shweta Reddy

Can you see yourself relaxing in the Chesapeake Bay or a river on a hot summer’s day: the way the water gently nudges your feet and toes while you’re lounging on a floatie? Many people don’t know how important the […] Read more >

Check out this fun comparison of Ranger Rick and Rocket Raccoon

Ranger Rick vs Rocket Raccoon

8/8/2014 // By Hillary Esquina

Easter Egg Spoiler Alert! If you haven’t seen the Guardians of the Galaxy movie and don’t want to know any spoilers – including easter eggs – bookmark this page and save until after you’ve seen the movie. What’s an easter […] Read more >

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Senators to Gulf of Mexico Restoration Body: Get on With it!

8/7/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

The pace of restoring the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the BP oil spill has been slower than anyone would like. Last week the Senate Commerce Committee held an oversight hearing to revisit the RESTORE Act two years […] Read more >

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Top Voted Photo in 2014

8/5/2014 // By Rachel Faulkner

Congratulations to Laura Melgarejo, whose photo of the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska got the most votes in the final round of the running for the 2014 National Wildlife Photo Contest’s People’s Choice Award! Laura’s photo will appear in the December 2014/January […] Read more >