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Kevin Coyle has committed thirty-five years to improving America’s river conservation and environmental education fields. Formerly president of both American Rivers and the National Environmental Education Foundation, He joined the National Wildlife Federation as VP for Education and Training in 2005.
Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Dan Lease.

Six Key Reasons The New Next Generation Science Standards Are Great News For Environmental Education

3/31/2014 // By Kevin Coyle

One of the most exciting things to ever happen to U.S. environmental education has come from the developers of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  The reasons for this may not be immediately obvious, but let me explain. The “Next […] Read more >

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Book Review: Eco Boys And Girls by Maria Snyder

10/16/2013 // By Kevin Coyle

The greatest challenge in providing education for young children is how to have an artful balance of informative lessons and entertaining pictures and stories that capture a child’s mind and heart.  The new Eco Boys And Girls book series by […] Read more >

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Trees, Wildlife and Water – Celebrate National Wildlife Week

3/19/2013 // By Kevin Coyle

Yesterday I wrote about trees and National Wildlife Week for the National Aquarium’s WATERblog. Trees have a complex and dynamic relationship with water that impacts wildlife and habitats. Here’s an excerpt: Urban areas experience increasing amounts of paving and land development […] Read more >

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The Most Fascinating Things About Halloween’s Scariest Creatures

10/31/2012 // By Kevin Coyle

Halloween is full of little costumed spooks and goblins.  But it also has its own standard menagerie of “scary” creatures including bats, cats, spiders, ravens and crows.   Indeed, the imagery of a scary Halloween night is full of wild animals.  But […] Read more >

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Hurricane Sandy’s Impact on Fish and Wildlife

10/30/2012 // By Kevin Coyle

Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the East Coast this week and due to its unusual West-turning track, it came ashore midway in the eastern “Megalopolis” with its 65 million people.  Virginia and Maryland were drenched and pummeled and New York and New Jersey […] Read more >

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Ten Amazing Things About the World’s Tiniest Backyard Birds

5/2/2012 // By Kevin Coyle

Hummingbirds are a definite favorite for so many North American wildlife gardeners, and after you voted last month these tiny wonders have a special place of honor during our Garden for Wildlife Month. There are eight species of hummingbirds that […] Read more >

NWF Report: Global Warming Will Mean Mental Shock And Adversity For Nearly 200 Million Americans

3/24/2012 // By Kevin Coyle

In the past few weeks, an unprecedented wave of seasonally early tornadoes spread devastation across a dozen U.S. states. Media coverage and interviews around this leveling of towns, businesses and homes focused mostly on the immense physical damage and a […] Read more >

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Awesome Wildlife Record Breakers

3/22/2012 // By Kevin Coyle

Here are some of the many extraordinary facts about wildlife, as a reminder of how deep and rich the natural world really is. Extra-Large Wildlife Blue whales reach lengths of 110 feet (with females being bigger than males), making them […] Read more >

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Adaptations To The Max — Wildlife At The Extremes of Altitude, Cold, Heat and Depth

3/21/2012 // By Kevin Coyle

We have learned many things over the years about how animals adapt to their surroundings. These range from the long snout of an anteater, the double eyelid of a water dwelling alligator, to the recent discovery that the stripes on […] Read more >

8 Wild Creatures That Use Tools in Extraordinary Ways

3/20/2012 // By Kevin Coyle

There are many descriptions of clever wild animals that use “tools” such as sticks or stones to secure food or to achieve some other purpose. Many of us have, for example, seen video of an elephant pulling a branch off […] Read more >