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Kelly Wagner is an online grassroots coordinater with NWF in the South Central Region. She is passionate about nature photography and protecting wildlife habitats.
Hurricane Katrina

What We’ve Learned Since Katrina

8/28/2015 // By Kelly Wagner

This week, as we neared the ‪#‎Katrina10 anniversary, a federal judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers must pay the full $3 billion cost of restoring wetlands destroyed by the agency’s improper construction and maintenance of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet (MRGO). …

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Get Outdoors Louisiana-Style

6/24/2015 // By Kelly Wagner

New Orleans is a popular travel destination, but if you stick to the city, then you miss a big part of what makes Louisiana’s Mississippi River Delta so amazing: the marshes and the swamps surrounding the city. Sadly, those rich and beautiful …

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A Bird’s Eye View of Coastal Erosion

11/14/2014 // By Kelly Wagner

Each day I pass an egret on the way to work that lingers in the watery ditches in my town. It amuses me that this elegant bird seems to give little concern to the cars that are passing within ten …

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Pledge to Help Manatees in Florida

11/3/2014 // By Kelly Wagner

Florida’s wildlife like manatees need our help on Election Day. Floridians can help protect habitat for endangered manatees by voting yes on Amendment 1, the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment. The roly-poly Florida manatees have fascinated people for centuries. …

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Missouri’s Deer Remain Wildlife

9/12/2014 // By Kelly Wagner

It seems like common sense: Missouri’s white-tailed deer are wildlife, not livestock. However, late on Wednesday night, the Missouri legislature fought until 3:00 am to decide the fate of Missouri’s captive white-tailed deer herd. Fortunately, the Missouri legislature upheld Governor …

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Restoration Funding Bill Dies in La. Senate Committee

6/4/2014 // By Kelly Wagner

A bill that was meant to protect Louisiana’s Coastal Restoration and Protection Fund (Coastal Fund) quietly died before it hit the Senate floor in Baton Rouge. Louisiana House Bill 490 (HB490), a bill that received unanimous support in the House, …

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A Simple Solution to Fix Louisiana’s Coastal Fund

5/1/2014 // By Kelly Wagner

Updated Below Pelicans used to flock to Cat Island in Louisiana to nest, but it was one of many islands that was heavily damaged by the oil spill. The island, once full of mangroves and pelican nests, has degraded as …

Black bear in the bushes. Photo by U.S. FWS.

Black Bears in Northeast Texas Face New Threat

4/30/2014 // By Kelly Wagner

Right now, a fight is escalating between rural Northeast Texas and the urban Greater Dallas area that could impact bear habitat. The people of Northeast Texas are battling to protect their land, rivers and streams from a destructive reservoir desired …

Chronic Wasting Disease a Threat to Missouri Deer

4/21/2014 // By Kelly Wagner

An infectious epidemic known as chronic wasting disease is threatening the lives of deer in the United States. The incurable disease was first discovered in captive deer at a research lab in Colorado. It has since spread to free-roaming and …

Barges sit along the Mississippi River near the confluence of the Missouri River.

Shortsightedness Leads to Decline of River Habitat

2/14/2014 // By Kelly Wagner

America’s mightiest river, the Mississippi River, cuts through the middle of this country for more than 2,350 miles, providing habitat for hundreds of fish and wildlife species, but humans have attempted to control this scenic river for their own gain—often …

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