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Avelino Maestas manages National Wildlife Federation's Wildlife Promise blog. He spent four years as a reporter in Southwest New Mexico, before moving to Washington D.C. to advocate for increased openness and transparency in government. Avelino is also an amateur photographer who cherishes the desert Southwest, Atlantic seashores, and the dense forests of New England.
A red maple provided a beautiful and colourful autumn background for this blue jay photographed by Bill McMullen.

Vote for the 2014 People’s Choice Award

7/24/2014 // By Avelino Maestas

Well, the 2014 National Wildlife Photo Contest is now closed. But, we still need your help selecting the winner of the 2014 People’s Choice Award. The final round of voting begins this weekend, July 28. Out of almost 30,000 entries, […] Read more >

A storm approaches near Hot Springs, South Dakota. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Jason Heritage.

Celebrate Nature Photography Day

6/13/2014 // By Avelino Maestas

While you make plans to celebrate Father’s Day this weekend, consider taking your camera along, because Sunday is also Nature Photography Day. We’re huge photography fans here at National Wildlife Federation, and every year we host the National Wildlife Photo Contest. The […] Read more >

A section of the Dan River upstream from the spill site. Flickr photo by Rebecca Murphey.

The Week in Fossil Fuel Disasters

2/19/2014 // By Avelino Maestas

You’ve heard of the three-legged stool: knock one leg out and the whole thing comes crumbling down. What happens when each leg is prone to snapping, over and over again, repeatedly? That’s the story of our fossil-fuel economy: the extraction, […] Read more >

A bison surveys the herd from a ridge in Yellowstone's Hayden Valley.

Adopt an Icon of the American West: Help Bison Today

12/9/2013 // By Avelino Maestas

For America’s bison, 2013 has been a pretty good year. And really, 2012 wasn’t too bad either. But for an animal with a history as profoundly sad as the bison’s, one good year (or even a couple) can be a […] Read more >

hoto by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Kerrie Best.

Dwindling Arctic Sea Ice Forces 10,000 Walruses Ashore

10/16/2013 // By Avelino Maestas

When we discuss sea ice here at NWF, we’re usually talking about polar bears. But this month, the annual loss of sea ice in the Arctic is affecting another marine mammal: walruses. Right now, melting ice caused by climate change is […] Read more >

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Eco Boys And Girls Inspire Kids to Live and Play Sustainably

10/10/2013 // By Avelino Maestas

For Earth Day in 2010, Maria Snyder debuted her characters, the Eco Boys And Girls, at the Liberty Science Center. Snyder, an activist, artist and model, developed Ernie Earth, Lulu Love, Patsy Peace, Ray Recycle and Sammy Sun because she wanted to use her art […] Read more >

A bighorn ram in Yellowstone National Park. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest Entrant Cal Bebee.

Can We Prevent Bighorn Sheep from Contracting Pneumonia? With Your Help, Yes!

9/25/2013 // By Avelino Maestas

For bighorn sheep in Montana, communicable diseases—including pneumonia—are a huge problem. The diseases are highly contagious and often fatal, leading to slow and painful deaths. The situation is complicated because scientists don’t fully understand how these diseases spread. Another problem can […] Read more >

Law enforcement officers and wildlife officials tranquilzed this bear in an Albuquerque neighborhood last night.

Bears at the Back Door in Albuquerque

8/1/2013 // By Avelino Maestas

When it comes to living in the West, it’s all about water. When there isn’t any, we start to see problems: bigger and more frequent wildfires, fights over water rights, and—for wildlife—the increased stress of food scarcity. For two years, New […] Read more >

By shooting close to the ground, photographer Rolf Nussbaumer  Western Diamondback Rattlesnake image is larger than life!

5 Last-Minute Steps to Enter the National Wildlife Photo Contest This Weekend

7/19/2013 // By Avelino Maestas

If you hadn’t heard, the deadline was extended for the National Wildlife Photo Contest. Hopefully this will give many of you the time you need to complete your entries and ensure you have a chance at that grand-prize trip to […] Read more >

Three mountain goat kids. Photo by Donna Dannen. National Wildlife Photo Contest donated entry.

Meet the Stars of the Newest Reality Series on TV—North America

5/24/2013 // By Avelino Maestas

Forget Usher and Shakira, the newest reality TV stars can be found on Animal Planet starting Tuesday, May 28, at 9 p.m. EDT. That’s when viewers will be introduced to the cast of NORTH AMERICA, a new series featuring some […] Read more >

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