2014 Archives

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Restoration Funding Bill Dies in La. Senate Committee

6/4/2014 // By Kelly Wagner

A bill that was meant to protect Louisiana’s Coastal Restoration and Protection Fund (Coastal Fund) quietly died before it hit the Senate floor in Baton Rouge. Louisiana House Bill 490 (HB490), a bill that received unanimous support in the House, […] Read more >

Wood duckling jumps from nest by Harlan Albers.

Wood Ducklings Jump, But Don’t Worry, They Bounce

6/4/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Wood ducks are special to North America because they are found nowhere else in the world. They were threatened with near extinction in the late 1800s and early 1900s when habitat destruction and over-harvesting decimated populations. Their recovery is a celebrated wildlife success […] Read more >

Ttrout are the indicator species of cold water stream health, and are expected to lose much of their habitat due to climate change. Photo by Fish Eye Guy (fisheyeguyphotograpy.com)

Senate Explores Climate Impacts to Sportsmen and Wildlife

6/3/2014 // By Mollie Simon

We already know that global warming is negatively impacting coastal fishing industries, big game species, and outdoor recreation. Every day, sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts across the country are coping with the effects of climate change. Today, the Senate Committee on […] Read more >

This polar bear was awaiting the return of sea ice near Churchill, Manitoba. Warmer temperatures have kept sea ice from forming as early as it used to, and polar bears are waiting on shore without food for longer periods of time. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Lara Ferraro.

Landmark EPA Rule Promises to Spur Renewable Energy for Wildlife

6/2/2014 // By Jim Murphy

Today is a momentous day for the future of the planet.  For the first time, rules have been proposed to put meaningful limits on the largest source of carbon pollution: our power sector, which accounts for about 40 percent of all […] Read more >

Chris Crosby plays a trout caught on Colorado's South Platte river May 20. Photo by Russell Bassett

Hunters and Anglers Can’t Afford to Double Down on Denial

6/2/2014 // By Russell Bassett

Hunters and anglers have been on the front lines of several major environmental policy battles over the years, including playing a major role in passing the Clean Air and Clean Water acts, eliminating acid rain, and establishing more public lands […] Read more >

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The Birds and the Beast

6/2/2014 // By Matthew Copeland

In the spring of 1990 an intruder tried to kill our family. Well, not our family exactly, but the pair of phoebes who nested under our second-story deck each year, and their family: two shell-bound chicks. We’d watched these little […] Read more >

Black bears across the country are going hungry as extreme heat and drought decrease their food supply.

Climate Change Brings Black Bears Close to Home

5/30/2014 // By Mollie Simon

There is nothing like the thrill of seeing a black bear in the wild. I will never forget when I saw my first family of black bears in the Hickory Run State Park in eastern Pennsylvania. But when you see black […] Read more >

Weekly News Roundup: Great American Backyard Campout Quickly Approaching and more

5/30/2014 // By Linda Argueta

With June only a couple of days away, that leaves our Great American Backyard Campout only a couple of weeks away! This year, we are aiming for 200,000 people to join our Campout! Have you pledged to campout this year? If […] Read more >

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Alaska Salmon Cry for Help! (If They Could Talk)

5/29/2014 // By Guest Author

As I write this, tens of millions of salmon are beginning to return to the streams, rivers and headwaters of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve in Alaska.  They are in the final stage of completing a life cycle that began […] Read more >

The Bipartisan Sportsmen Act of 2014 helps create more opportunity like what is shown in this photo through conservation and access.

Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act Creates Conservation, Access and Opportunity

5/29/2014 // By Russell Bassett

Formed by hunters and anglers who acknowledged the need to unite all wildlife and conservation interests, the National Wildlife Federation has been leading on critical issues that are a priority to sportsmen and women for nearly 80 years. Often this […] Read more >