John Kostyack’s Archive

Beach-nesting birds—like these black skimmers—were among the wildlife hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.

Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy – A Blueprint for a Better Future for People and Wildlife

While I was enjoying my August beach vacation, the federal government was releasing its plan for rebuilding the New York City metro area and the New Jersey shore in the …

Whopping Crane with Blue Crab

40 Years of Success Protecting Endangered Species & Other Wildlife in Our Backyards

2013 is the 40th anniversary of two important moments in wildlife conservation history.  In 1973, Congress enacted and President Nixon signed into law the Endangered Species Act.  The ESA has …

Yakima River

Engaging with local communities has big salmon and water conservation payoffs

NWF’s Yakima River salmon and ecosystem project shows how engagement with local communities pays off.

Hands-On Habitat Volunteers – A Key to the Future of the Environmental Movement

The near absence of any discussion of the environment in the presidential debates has led me to think about the state of the U.S. environmental movement. In one sense, conservationists …

Communicating about Climate Change and Wildlife

Settle the BP Oil Spill Litigation? Maybe, But Let’s Not…

Standing on top of another decapitated mountain

Saving the Appalachians from Mountaintop Removal Mining

Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)

Victory for Endangered Species

Today’s bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives to restore protections for endangered species was a nice surprise.

Pacific Fisher: WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Settlement Will Increase Protections for Imperiled Wildlife

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently announced that it has resolved a host of lawsuits concerning deadlines it missed to protect wildlife under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). …

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An Opportunity for the Supreme Court to Hold Polluters Accountable

Today I attended arguments at the US Supreme Court over the question of what role the courts should play in holding polluters accountable for climate change. The Players On one …

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