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Tents set up at the Great American Backyard Campout in Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Happy National Get Outdoors Day!

6/8/2012 // By NWF

Saturday, June 9th is National Get Outdoors Day, the cherry atop Great Outdoors Month and another great opportunity to move toward getting millions of new kids outdoors on a regular basis and connected to nature. Why is this important? As […] Read more >

Decorah Bald Eagles (UStream screen shot)

NWF Naturalist Dave Mizejewski Answers Your Eagle Questions

5/29/2012 // By NWF

For the past two years, when Spring rolls around, we’ve been pleased to host web cams of the Decorah Eagles. Hundreds of thousands of you have joined us in welcoming eaglets into the world. Together, we’ve watched eggs hatch and […] Read more >

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Cast of Nickelodeon’s Victorious! Encourages Schools to Go Green with Eco-Schools USA

5/3/2012 // By NWF

The cast of Nickelodeon’s Victorious! (Matt Bennett, Ariana Grande, Elizabeth Gillies, Avan Jogia, Daniella Monet and Leon Thomas III) took time recently to encourage schools to get green through the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program: They have experienced the […] Read more >

Ed Perry

A Great Fishery in Dire Straits

4/3/2012 // By NWF

In August 2005, my two sons and I embarked on our annual float down the Susquehanna River. Our family has been floating the river for over 25 years, camping on the islands, and wade-fishing for smallmouth bass. We’ve floated and fished most of the area from Sunbury down to Harrisburg. Read more >

GUEST POST: Dispelling Fear of the Phantom Bat

3/24/2012 // By NWF

Dianne Odegard is the Outreach Associate for Bat Conservation International, where she works on issues including education, public help, and bats in buildings. Mexican Free-Tailed Bats are one of the featured species for National Wildlife Week for their extraordinary record […] Read more >

GUEST POST: Hooked on Fishing

3/23/2012 // By NWF

Blake is a freshman at the University of Central Oklahoma majoring in English education.  He grew up in Luther, a small town in central Oklahoma and has volunteered hundreds of hours for conservation organizations in Oklahoma. I can’t remember exactly […] Read more >

GUEST POST: An Amphibian Filled Field Trip

3/23/2012 // By NWF

Liam McGranaghan teaches Environmental Science at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, Virginia. He also teaches natural history field study classes on Birds of Prey and Reptiles/Amphibians for Audubon Naturalist Society cosponsored by the Graduate School in Washington D.C. He is […] Read more >

A Nine-banded armadillo. Photo courtesy USFWS.

Falling in Love With the Nine-Banded Armadillo

3/22/2012 // By NWF

Margaret Redman is a Graduate Fellow conducting research on Schoolyard Habitats and outdoor classrooms for the Education Department of National Wildlife Federation. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University. When I […] Read more >

Wildlife Week: Is There Still Hope for Sharks?

3/21/2012 // By NWF

Andy Dehart is the Director of Fishes and Aquatic Invertebrates at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. An advisor to the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week, Dehart has been studying and working with sharks for more than 20 years. NWF is […] Read more >

Comparison of fish at the same age, reared in the main river channel (left) and reared in the floodplain (right). Source: Jeffres et al., 2008

Puget Sound’s Vanishing Salmon

3/20/2012 // By NWF

In the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed with the kinds of surroundings that most people just read about in the glossy pages of magazines. Accordingly, we want to build homes and businesses as close to that natural beauty as we can get – often, in floodplains. Unfortunately, in doing so, we destroy the natural systems that sustain this essential ecosystem. Read more >