2014 Archives

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 >

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Easy Ways To Celebrate June As Great Outdoors Month

5/28/2014 // By Kevin Coyle

The old song goes: “June is busting out all over.” And, for families and kids, that can also mean busting outdoors into nature and having fun. Each June, an impressive collection of organizations, agencies and companies work together to galvanize […] Read more >

A Georgia chipmunk with cheeks packed with seeds gathered at a garden feeder. Sometimes chipmunks will drop seeds into flower pots, leading to unexpected growth for gardeners. The habit is part of the rodent's natural ecological role as a seed spreader. Photo by Barb Dunlap

Keeping the Peace Between Gardeners and Chipmunks

5/27/2014 // By Roger Di Silvestro

When I first moved into one of Washington, D.C.’s Virginia suburbs, shrouded with heavy woodlands, I was thrilled by a little flash of energy that rocketed past me one day as I stepped from house to backyard. Was that a […] 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)

Don’t Double Down on Denial: Part 2, Wildlife at Risk

5/27/2014 // By Russell Bassett

Several recent reports by the United Nations, U.S. government, retired U.S. military leaders, and Antarctic scientists detail the current and future realities of climate change … and those realities are staggering. They read like a precursor to an apocalypse, with […] Read more >