Taj Schottland

Taj Schottland is a Coastal Adaptation Specialist based out of NWF's Northeast Regional Office. He has spent the past six years working as an avian biologist, restoration ecologist, and adaptation specialist on projects throughout the United States. He is particularly interested in shorebirds and helping protect their critical habitat along the Atlantic Flyway.
Keep off dunes. Photo by Michael Bentley/flickr

Coastal Dunes: Building a Stronger Coastline

On your way to the beach, have you ever walked on a boardwalk that spans a dune? Maybe it was a blistering summer day and you burned your bare feet …

North end of Plum island. Photo by Bill Sargent.

Restoring Native Dunes to Protect Communities and Wildlife

In an attempt to combat these climate-driven hazards, the City of Newburyport has been working closely with staff from the National Wildlife Federation’s Northeast Regional Center over the past two years …

Red Knots in flight. Photo by Caudio Dias Timm/ Flickr

3 Birds in the Northeast That Need Our Help

The call to action is now clearer than ever, and a new sense of urgency is required. Working together, we must take bold steps to protect critical habitats and help …

Photo by Alan Kneidel. Ruddy Turnstones.

Highway In the Sky

This time every year, thousands upon thousands of tiny shorebirds depart from their breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic to begin an 8,000 mile journey — one of the longest migrations …

Dunlin. Photo by Taj Schottland/NWF

Saving Shorebirds from a Changing Climate

Changes in the climate are threatening the existence of a small species of migratory shorebird. According to startling new research published last week in Science Magazine and National Geographic, red …

Photo By Don Clark

Painted Bunting Far From Home

A Painted Bunting, one of North America’s most beautiful birds, has been discovered in Pittsfield, Vermont. This species very rarely occurs north of the Carolinas, and according to the Vermont Center …

Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy (Photo by NOAA’s National Ocean Service/ Flickr)

Remembering Hurricane Sandy and Looking to the Future

Three years ago, one of the largest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic slammed into the heavily populated coastline of New Jersey and New York. Seawalls, bulkheads, and other human-made …

Snowy egret. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant David Wornham

Protecting the Great Marsh From Climate-Driven Threats

A Coastal Jewel The Great Marsh is described by many as the coastal jewel of the Northeast. It’s the largest salt marsh in New England, spanning over 20,000 acres of …

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