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giraffe, Tanzania, Africa

Valentine’s Day: Some Animals Really Have Heart

2/8/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Valentine’s Day is the traditional holiday for giving away hearts. But how does a healthy human heart—a hollow ball of muscle about the size of a clenched fist that beats around 72 times a minute when at rest, pumping the […] Read more >

Gray wolf

Changing Times for the Gray Wolf

1/27/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Political, social and cultural progress on conservation issues are often slow in arriving, but when seen from atop the arc of time, the progress conservationists have made on some issues is just amazing. Below are comments that reflect how attitudes […] Read more >

Children playing in the outdoors

10 Ways NWF Has Helped Your Children

1/20/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

This year, NWF celebrates the 75th anniversary of its founding as a coalition of conservation groups seeking to make the nation safer for wildlife and wild places. NWF focused early on the need to educate America’s future generations about conservation. […] Read more >

Ground Hog

10 Things You May Not Know About Groundhogs

1/13/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

The groundhog, also known as the woodchuck or the mouse bear (because it looks like a miniature bear when sitting upright), first won its reputation as a weather prognosticator in 1886, when the editor of western Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper, […] Read more >

A brook cuts through a winter landscape by John J. Stier

10 Comments about Winter from Henry David Thoreau

1/6/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Winter is here, as residents in various snowy, icy, frozen parts of the nation have noticed. For many people it is a bleak season, with the first day of winter marked by the longest night of the year.  But there […] Read more >

Longhorn by Nathan E. Woodward

Home for the Holidays: The Wild Origins of Table Meat

12/16/2010 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Most Americans are not likely to look for wildlife on their dinner tables, but in fact the echo of the wilderness—of wildlife and of wildlife habitat—is right there in most meals. That beef steak?  That Christmas ham?  That leg of […] Read more >

pronghorn, corridor, migration

Know Your NWF: The Corridor Connection

12/2/2010 // By Roger Di Silvestro

When 19th-century American conservationists first set out to protect wild places, they created parks, national forests and various types of wildlife sanctuaries in relatively small patches. Despite their best intentions, few wildlife advocates had the foresight to see that these […] Read more >

wild turkey, pilgrims, thanksgiving

Eight Wild Animal Species the Pilgrims Ate—and How They Are Today

11/18/2010 // By Roger Di Silvestro

The Pilgrims’ first thanksgiving celebration (which lasted three days) probably took place in mid October 1621, after an unexpectedly bountiful harvest. The newcomers invited local Indians—who had given them a lot of useful advice on farming—to join them. According to […] Read more >

Bison bulls establish a hierarchy in Yellowstone National Park in a photo by J.L. Wooden

Passenger Pigeons, Bison and Global Warming

11/15/2010 // By Roger Di Silvestro

It was probably the most astonishing wildlife spectacle in all of American history—the migration of the passenger pigeon, a bird larger than the mourning dove, with a bluish back and a rosy breast—the most common bird on the continent in […] Read more >

Dolly Sods National Wilderness Area in West Virginia by Sharon Dalton

Part 2: What They’ve Said–Meditations on Nature

10/26/2010 // By Roger Di Silvestro

This is the second installment of a collection of thoughts that comment on or raise questions about nature, animals, conservation and related topics. Some of these observations are inspirational; many are just perspectives from a particular view point that bespeak […] Read more >