2014 Archives

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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 >

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An Exciting Day for Kids and Nature Policy

5/22/2014 // By Adeline Rolnick

Yesterday, just in time for Great Outdoors Month, Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) and Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) have introduced the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act. This is a huge step forwards for getting kids and families outside! NWF and the Outdoors […] Read more >

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Would You Want to Cross a Freeway in LA? Neither Do Mountain Lions…Let’s Help Them Out

5/22/2014 // By Jane Kirchner

When young mountain lions in the hills of Southern California venture out to find their own territory, they come up against the daunting prospect of crossing as many as ten lanes of freeway traffic that cut through their home range. […] Read more >

Photo via Flickr user Nuon

The Carbon Rule Brings in a New Era of Wind and Renewable Energy

5/22/2014 // By Mollie Simon

In less than two weeks, President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will roll out their vitally important plan to limit carbon pollution from power plants. As these rules begin to take shape, America will move away from fossil […] Read more >

This picture of a polar bear shaking off was donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Steve Perry.

Good News for Polar Bears: Momentum Growing for Climate Action

5/22/2014 // By Jennifer Janssen

Protecting the future of Arctic wildlife, from polar bears to seals and Arctic foxes, requires commitment to large-scale action—and recently, that’s exactly what we’ve been seeing from the White House. National Wildlife Federation supporters have been advocating for the future of […] Read more >

Monarch butterfly by Lois Settlemeyer

From Presidents to Wildlife Gardeners, Monarch Butterflies Need All the Help They Can Get

5/21/2014 // By Laura Tangley

It’s not often, if ever, that the White House convenes a meeting on the topic of insects. But that’s just what happened three weeks ago when John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, invited […] Read more >

Kicking up my feet. #campie

10 of the Best Things About Camping

5/21/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Camping provides some of the best opportunities to take photos and show off all the cool things you’re doing. A gorgeous landscape, mouth-watering food, great friends and crazy adventures. This summer, capture and share your cookout or Great American Backyard […] Read more >

The Organ Mountains in southern New Mexico are the anchor of a new national monument. Photo by John Gale

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument: Established From the Grassroots Up

5/21/2014 // By Judith Kohler

People from all backgrounds and political leanings have really put the “public” in “public lands” in New Mexico. For more than a decade, ranchers, business owners, church and civic leaders, Native Americans, sportsmen and women, wildlife advocates, hikers, campers, politicians […] Read more >