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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.
Photo of sea stars along Cannon Beach in Oregon by Dan Klimke.

Sea Stars Still Dying Along the Oregon Coast

10/17/2014 // By Dani Tinker

I’ve read the news reporting that millions of sea stars have died along the West Coast, but for some reason it didn’t sink in until this weekend. I took a trip back home to Oregon and visited Cannon Beach. Growing up, my family […] Read more >

Burrowing owl by Sarah Chah at the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge in California.

12 Photos of Animals That Remind Us to Appreciate National Wildlife Refuges

10/13/2014 // By Dani Tinker

I try to remember my camera when I go explore a National Wildlife Refuge, because they never disappoint. There’s an extensive list of species that depend on these lands for survival, and if you’re lucky, you might see some of them. […] Read more >

Monarch chrysalis by Avelino Maestas.

A Visual Journey Through the Monarch Life Cycle

9/5/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Monarch butterflies have been in the news quite a bit recently, due to their rapid decline. In order to find ways to help, it’s essential to first understand the life cycle of monarchs. When adult monarch butterflies migrate from their overwintering grounds […] Read more >

Caribou, Mulchatna herd, Bristol Bay, Alaska by The FishEyeGuy.

This Pristine and Glorious Wilderness is At Risk

8/19/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Bristol Bay is a magical wonderland, supporting a ridiculous number of fish and wildlife species. Don’t take my word for it, take a look and decide for yourself. Browse the categories below to see what’s really at stake if mining activities […] Read more >

Broad-headed skink on top of a log by Dani Tinker.

Dead Trees Are Anything But Dead

7/16/2014 // By Dani Tinker

I recently learned that dead trees provide vital habitat for more than 1,000 species of wildlife nationwide. The two most common types of dead wood you’ll find in your yard, along a trail or at a park are snags (upright) and logs […] Read more >

Mountain goats jump in Colorado by Cathy and Gordon Illg.

Hold Steady! 21 Photos of Wildlife in Action

6/20/2014 // By Dani Tinker

I like to take pictures of animals, but I need them to be asleep to get a quality photo. That’s why I’m so impressed with the images below from the National Wildlife Photo Contest. These photographers were able to capture brilliant photos of wildlife in action. Think […] Read more >

Kelly Moore grew a field of poppies in honor of her father, pictured, who was known for his own poppy garden earlier in life. Photo donated to the National Wildlife Photo Contest.

How to Garden Your Way to Health and Happiness

6/6/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Growing up, I didn’t need anything to motivate me outside, but I tried my best to profit from it. I had a neighborhood business pulling weeds, raking leaves, planting trees and watering flowers while neighbors were out of town. I […] Read more >

Wood duckling jumps from nest by Harlan Albers.

Wood Ducklings Jump, But Don’t Worry, They Bounce

6/4/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Wood ducks are special to North America because they are found nowhere else in the world. They were threatened with near extinction in the late 1800s and early 1900s when habitat destruction and over-harvesting decimated populations. Their recovery is a celebrated wildlife success […] Read more >

Kicking up my feet. #campie

10 of the Best Things About Camping

5/21/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Camping provides some of the best opportunities to take photos and show off all the cool things you’re doing. A gorgeous landscape, mouth-watering food, great friends and crazy adventures. This summer, capture and share your cookout or Great American Backyard […] Read more >

Endangered Species Game

Endangered Species: Who’s Protected, Who’s Not?

5/16/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Learn more about the 40-year history of the Endangered Species Act, and read about the recovery of the bald eagle, an American success story. What’s Endangered Near You? You can browse threatened and endangered species in your region through the  U.S. […] Read more >