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Wildfires, driven by record heat and drought, are the face of climate change in the Southwest. Photo by Judith Kohler.

Wildfire May Wipe Out Town: The Face of Climate Change in the Southwest

6/21/2013 // By Judith Kohler

The drought-driven wildfires rage on in Colorado. About a week after Colorado’s most destructive wildfire killed two people and destroyed at least 500 homes, a 29,000-acre – and growing — blaze could wipe out a mountain town in the southwest part […] Read more >

Warmer water and erosion from wildfires are threatening fisheries in the Rockies. Photo by Lew Carpenter

The Wests’ New Norm: A Nearly Neverending Wildfire Season

6/14/2013 // By Judith Kohler

This Rocky  Mountain summer is shaping up to be a lot like last summer — hot, dry, fiery. And it’s not even officially summer yet. A wildfire driven by drought, wind and record-breaking heat has killed two people, destroyed an estimated 360 […] Read more >

Less Water, More Wildlife — What’s Not to Love about Native Plants?

5/16/2013 // By Judith Kohler

Some gardeners want to cut their water and chemical use. Others want to attract more butterflies, birds and bees. Whatever the reason, Denver-area gardeners seem to be increasingly interested in indigenous flowers, grasses and shrubs. Every May for the past […] Read more >

1-2-3-4, Who’re We Gonna Cheer For? Eco-Schools!

5/1/2013 // By Judith Kohler

“Way to go Cougars!” a student at Copper Mesa Elementary in Highlands Ranch exclaimed as the gym full of students cheered. The occasion was a kind of pep assembly at the Denver-area school, but it was unlike any pep assembly […] Read more >

One of six beavers caught in an oil spill at a Utah state park rests at a wildlife center. Photo by the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah.

Beavers Save Bay from Brunt of Spill – But Pay the Price

4/18/2013 // By Judith Kohler

Beavers have proved over and over again how valuable they and their impressive dams are. The wetlands created by the dams increase and support biological diversity. The dams filter silt and pollution from water. Recently in northern Utah, beaver dams […] Read more >

A seep of oil-like substances adjacent to a western Colorado natural gas plant is just 60 feet from a creek that flows into the Colorado River (pictured). Photo by Judith Kohler

Water and Wildlife Shouldn’t Mix with Oil and Gas

3/21/2013 // By Judith Kohler

“It’s possible we may have dodged a bullet this time, but this should be seen as a wake-up call.” That’s the reaction of National Wildlife Federation attorney Michael Saul to an ongoing, underground leak of what’s variously been described as […] Read more >

Flickr:USFWS/Rocky Mountain-Prairie Region. The black-footed ferret is one of North America's rarest species.

Black-footed Ferrets — Will They be the Comeback Kits?

3/7/2013 // By Judith Kohler

The black-footed ferret has gone from near oblivion to the brink of recovery in about three decades. The lithe, little weasel with the bandit-like mask was thought to be extinct until a ranch dog named Shep carried a dead ferret to […] Read more >

Photo by Lew Carpenter

Sportsmen Train Their Sights on Most Challenging Prey of All: Climate Change

2/7/2013 // By Judith Kohler

No one needs to convince Todd Tanner that climate change is real. The outdoor writer, former big-game guide and lifelong hunter and angler who lives in Bigfork, Mont., knows about the science. He gets the connections between our energy use […] Read more >

Drought in the Rockies, Plains Taking Toll on Fish and Wildlife

12/11/2012 // By Judith Kohler

  The drought persists in the Rocky Mountain West and it’s not just the ski slopes that look rough. Fish and wildlife are feeling the effects: Sagebrush and other plants that pronghorns and mule deer depend on in the winter […] Read more >

Keep the holidays – and the rest of the year – happy for wildlife through giving

12/4/2012 // By Judith Kohler

In a quandary about what to get for your favorite pronghorn this holiday season? All out of gift ideas for that special herd of mule deer? The National Wildlife Federation and its Colorado affiliate have just the thing. How about […] Read more >