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A Rat in Need is a Friend Indeed

12/9/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

It’s good when a rat has your back. In a series of tests, a majority of rats ignored tempting chocolate goodies in order to free other cagemates. After the rodent rescue, the critters shared the sweet treats with each other. […] Read more >

Come Heller or Clean Water: Dirty Water Rider Tries to Drown the Clean Water Act

11/17/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

There’s another nasty assault on America’s wetlands, waters and wildlife. The Dirty Water Rider, designed to handcuff the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, is creeping its way through the Senate. This misguided amendment, introduced  by Senators […] Read more >

Meet the Flockers: Geese Join Two Man Marching Band

11/16/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Birds of a feather flock together, but these geese are flocking to a two man marching band in Belgium. Don’t you just love wildlife? Read more >

Angry Birds

Bugs and Birds Go Boo! Halloween at the National Wildlife Federation

11/2/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

There’s a real bad bug going around the National Wildlife Federation’s headquarters, but it isn’t the flu. Amid candy, cupcakes and unsuspecting coworkers, NWF staff decked themselves out in their favorite wildlife and environmental-themed costumes. Wild-for-Animals Costumes Read Dr. Inkley’s […] Read more >

USFWS: 1st place winner of a single wood duck. By Joseph Hautman of Plymouth, Minnesota.

Running A-Fowl of Conservation: 2012 Duck Stamp Highlights Need to Protect Wetlands

10/31/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Every duck hunter and bird watcher in America will be able to spot more waterfowl in their local post offices and sporting goods stores. The upcoming 2012 Duck Stamp will feature a wood duck in all of its colorful, iridescent […] Read more >

White River

Happy Birthday Clean Water Act

10/18/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

One of our nation’s bedrock environmental safeguards, the Clean Water Act, is 39 years old. This historic legislation was born in 1972 through strong bi-partisan support in Congress, and helped make many of our water bodies safe and clean. Unfortunately, […] Read more >

Lake Michigan beach at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire, Michigan

Healing Our Waters in Motown: Great Lakes Restoration Conference

10/12/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Motown is known for great music and keeping things moving on the assembly line. This week, hundreds of people from across the country are keeping things moving in Detroit to protect a unique and precious natural resource in the region. […] Read more >

What the Hellbender? Salamander Joins Endangered Species List

10/7/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Despite the devilish name, Hellbenders are harmless salamanders. They live in the Ozarks near cool, clean rivers and streams with lots of rocks.  Unfortunately, the fresh water species is being harmed by ore and gravel  mining, sedimentation and toxic runoff […] Read more >

Florida Fairy Shrimp, NOAA

Going, Going, Gone? Two Florida Species May Be Extinct

10/7/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

The south Florida rainbow snake and Florida fairy shrimp may have names that sound magical, but the magic may have run out for both of them. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, both species are probably extinct. These […] Read more >

Protecting Wildlife and a Way of Life: America’s Grasslands Conference

9/30/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

  America’s prairies, iconic grasslands that conjure up images of cowboys, Native Americans, wild horses and bison, are some of the most endangered ecosystems in the world. As they disappear, so does an American way of life, a western spirit […] Read more >