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Dani Tinker is the Community Manager with 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.
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Which Backyard Wildlife Species Are You?

4/4/2014 // By Dani Tinker

We all have a favorite backyard species, beautiful birds, butterflies, mammals or other wonderful creatures. What if they’re your favorite because they remind you of yourself? Find out which species you are and get ready for Garden for Wildlife Month in […] Read more >

Lemur photo by Clarice Chiquetto.

Lemurs: Big-eyed Wonders Threatened with Extinction

4/3/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Tomorrow, the movie Island of Lemurs: Madagascar will open in IMAX 3D theaters. This is probably your best opportunity to see lemurs up-close, because the only place on Earth they live is Madagascar. Without giving away the movie, here are a few things you’ll […] Read more >

Skunk by Rolland Gelly.

In the Wild, It’s Survival of the Trickiest

4/1/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Animals have some crazy tricks up their sleeves, and it’s all a matter of survival. Species must adapt special skills for protection and food, and in the process they often leave other animals completely fooled. That Stinks A few familiar […] Read more >

Frozen photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Panagiotis Laskarakis.

Signs You May be Trapped in the Eternal Winter from ‘Frozen’

3/25/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Like most of the nation, I’m smitten with the movie ‘Frozen’. I sing ‘Let it Go’ on my way to work, I want to build a snowman, and I’m pretty sure we’ve been cursed to an eternal winter here in […] Read more >

Pacific chorus frog by Dave Huth.

5 Frogs Coming to a Pond Near You

3/19/2014 // By Dani Tinker

The beginning of spring signals the return of frogs to local vernal pools, streams, and wetlands. Frogs are amphibians, which means “double life,” because they live part of their lives on land, and part of it in water. That means […] Read more >

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What’s Your Wildlife Personality?

3/6/2014 // By Dani Tinker

The National Wildlife Federation is taking time this month to recognize and celebrate our wonderfully diverse group of supporters. It’s your passion, knowledge and curiosity that makes you part of such a powerful force for America’s wildlife. Find out how […] Read more >

This photo of bald eagles was donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Myrna Erler-Bradshaw.

Bald Eagle Cam: Watch Decorah Eaglets Grow Up Live

2/24/2014 // By Dani Tinker

We are gearing up for a third year of bald eagle nest spying. The eagle cam, courtesy of the Raptor Resource Project, is a unique opportunity to witness bald eagle hatchlings grow up. Current Status Feb. 23, 2014: First egg laid […] Read more >

Bobcats fighting in a tree snag Photo by Rebecca Sabac

An Epic Battle of Two Bobcats in a Tree

2/20/2014 // By Dani Tinker

NWF supporter Rebecca Sabac had an incredible wildlife sighting recently. While driving down Highway 27 in the Everglades, something caught her attention. Up in a dead tree snag, about 30 feet high, sat a cat. With the kindest intentions, she […] Read more >

Osprey photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Kim Taylor in Alexandrai, VA.

Is the Seahawk a Real Bird?

1/31/2014 // By Dani Tinker

My hometown is Portland, Oregon. We do not have a professional football team. I’ve always cheered for the Seahawks, but it took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out that they are real birds. Commonly known as ospreys, these […] Read more >

Snowy owl, like Hedwig, from National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest entrant Kim Leblanc.

How to Enjoy Owls in Winter (or Anytime)

1/29/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Owls have been in the spotlight recently, from the DC snowy owl to the Colbert Report. They are incredible and elusive creatures. Here are some ways you can experience and learn about owls first-hand this winter. Go on an owl […] Read more >