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Daniel Hubbell is the Restoration and Water Resources intern for NWF. As the son of a former park ranger and a childhood neighbor to the recently restored Sudbury River, environmental causes have shaped him since an early age. Once the resentment of being dragged up to Acadia National Park for camping in the rain on long weekends faded, Daniel decided this was a part of the world he loved experiencing; and one he didn’t want to see vanish. A graduate of American University, Daniel loves reading, traveling, writing, and acting in theater whenever he gets a chance.
Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Constance Parry.

Remembering Exxon Valdez

3/27/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

Twenty-five years ago, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez crashed into a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Eleven million gallons of oil contaminated over 11,000 square miles of ocean and shoreline. In just the first few days, the death toll […] Read more >

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Red Wolves: an Endangered Species in Peril

3/24/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

Near the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the heart of the five county Albemarle Peninsula, there is a federal wildlife refuge called Alligator River. With more than 152,000 square acres, the wetland refuge is home to countless species, but […] Read more >

An oil barge, Flickr photo by the Gulf Restoration Network

New Oil Spill Fouls Mississippi River

2/25/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

On Sunday, an oil barge travelling down the Mississippi River collided with a tugboat, spilling more than 31,000 gallons. Thankfully no one was hurt, but a 65-mile stretch of the river, and the entire port of New Orleans, had to […] Read more >

A threatened Red Legged Frog, whose habitat was saved by NEPA review. Flickr photo by Robert Fletcher

Congress Considering Taking Public Out of Review Process for Water Projects

2/21/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

More than 40 years ago, America began to lay the groundwork for one of the pieces of environmental legislation we rely on today. It was born in part out of an era of big projects by the federal government. Interstates […] Read more >

A group of Magellanic Penguins, Flickr photo by Chris Pearson

Penguin Chicks are Dying in a Changing Climate

2/3/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

The life of a Magellanic penguin is hardly idyllic. They contend with predators like sea lions, declining food sources due to overfishing and the constant threat of oil spills in their South American habitat. But now, they are facing a […] Read more >

Peregrine Falcon, Flickr photo by USFWS

Arctic Birds Suffering in A Changing Climate

1/27/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

North in the Arctic, there is a mystery unfolding. Populations of birds have entered into a sharp and rapid decline, leaving scientists scrambling to understand just what is happening. As Ed Struzik for Yale’s Environment 360 reports, both the birds […] Read more >

A pilot whale breaking the surface of the Atlantic. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Emily Brigham.

Dangerous Waters: More Pilot Whales Stranded in Florida

1/23/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

UPDATED BELOW On January 22nd eight short-finned pilot whales died near Fort Myers, Florida and another six whales are unaccounted for. Pilot whales are normally deepwater creatures, and can become easily stranded in shallow coastal waters. Unable to escape and […] Read more >

I fell in here once. Photo by Liz West.

My Connection with a River

12/16/2013 // By Daniel Hubbell

Growing up in suburban Massachusetts, I learned to appreciate the quiet places by the water. Just out of sight from all the cars and sprawling McMansions lay the Sudbury River. Thanks to its designation as a “wild and scenic” river, the […] Read more >

A manatee swimming warm shallow water
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Toxic Algae: Florida’s Manatees in Crisis

11/8/2013 // By Daniel Hubbell

While “red tide” may sound like a biblical catastrophe, it is simply an unusual bloom of a common alga—karenia brevis—that turns saltwater a rust color.  While not supernatural this algae is not harmless, as it includes a neurotoxin called brevetoxin. […] Read more >

Dolphin mother and her calf in the Gulf. Photo by Pete Markham, Flickr

3 Million Pounds: The Hidden Legacy of the BP Oil Spill

10/23/2013 // By Daniel Hubbell

Remember that time when your parents asked you to clean your room, and you shoved everything under the bed? I think we’ve all been there. As soon as the toys were out of sight, I know I thought that was […] Read more >