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Dani Tinker is the Community Manager with the National Wildlife Federation, implementing social media campaigns to build community and deeper relationships with constituents. She holds a Master of Education in Environmental Education from Concordia University in Portland, where she was born and raised. Dani is a naturalist-in-training encouraging youth to get outdoors, adults to keep their youth and everyone to play in the mud. She can be found sharing her passion on Twitter as @d_tinker.
Polar Bear Belly Flop

Together We Can Make a Splash for Wildlife and Clean Water

7/7/2015 // By Dani Tinker

We all need clean water to survive. When I see a wild animal splish-splashing around in wetlands, rivers or streams, it renews my love for clean water. This month we want to “make a splash” for clean water by passing along our …

Elephant Tails

The Scoop on Wildlife Poo Stories of 2015

6/24/2015 // By Dani Tinker

I’ve noticed a surprising number of wildlife-related poop science and news for the last several months. From slightly silly to impressive scientific discoveries, it seems we’re brimming with stories of natural waste (and its benefits) these days. My fascination has …

Tents under the night sky. (c) The Muir Project.

Gazer Guide: Prepare for Your Night Under the Stars

6/17/2015 // By Dani Tinker

Why stress out finding a five-star hotel, when camping offers an estimated 300 billion stars just in the Milky Way? The night sky has a way of captivating gazers, new and old. This guide will prepare you for a memorable night under the stars. Mind-Boggling …

Giraffes at Sunset

Sunrise and Sunset Photos Capture Stunning Wildlife Silhouettes

6/17/2015 // By Dani Tinker

A few nights ago I was walking home along a trail. The sun was setting, and the foliage on either side of me was rather dense. As I entered a small clearing, something caught my eye. The remaining daylight created …

Mule Deer in the Rain

16 Photographs of Animals Caught in the Rain

6/2/2015 // By Dani Tinker

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I cherished moments caught in the rain. I’d toss on a jacket and continue on my way. I still view rainy days as an opportunity to experience the natural world through a new lens. These stunning photographs from the …

Sea Turtle on the Beach

Yield to Wildlife on Your Summer Beach Trip

5/22/2015 // By Dani Tinker

Spring and summer beach season is upon us! As you plan your vacation, keep these tips in mind to share the beach with nesting birds, sea turtles, seals, sea stars and an abundance of other wildlife. Give Wildlife Space As with other …

Tiger lily and tiger swallowtail in California

9 Wildflowers Pretty Enough to Sing About

5/21/2015 // By Dani Tinker

Walking down a nearby trail this weekend, I passed a patch of golden buttercups. A few minutes later I found myself singing “Build Me Up, Buttercup” as I bobbed down the trail. It got me thinking about other captivating flowers …

Meadowlark

Protecting Migratory Birds Requires Focus on Habitat

5/8/2015 // By Dani Tinker

This year, a team of educators and biologists came together and decided International Migratory Bird Day should focus on habitat restoration. Habitat loss and degradation are major threats to migratory bird populations. To protect the birds, we must restore the …

Monarch Identification Chart

Quiz: Will These Monarch Look-Alikes Fool You?

3/26/2015 // By Dani Tinker

Each spring I search desperately in butterfly gardens, hoping to catch a glimpse of a monarch butterfly. I’ll admit, there are a few butterfly species that trick me. The viceroy and queen butterflies are easy to confuse with monarchs. This …

Fox Den

How to Live Responsibly Alongside Our Wild Neighbors

3/5/2015 // By Dani Tinker

Urban ecosystems are increasingly becoming critical habitats for wildlife. It’s time we embrace it, roll out the welcome mat and find ways to live responsibly alongside our wild neighbors. This list is simply a starting place, please add your advice and tips …

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