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Winter Havens for Snowy Owls

1/13/2016 // By Jane Kirchner

Snowy owls are many things – a stunning white raptor with catlike yellow eyes, the largest owl in North America, even a star in the beloved Harry Potter books and films. This majestic species often nests and raises its young …

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New Wilderness Act Can Safeguard Arctic Habitat

12/2/2015 // By Adam Kolton

Today Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation seeking to permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain as Wilderness, the highest form of protection that can be afforded federal public land. Fittingly, their bill has …

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Protecting Home for Wildlife in the Arctic

10/16/2015 // By Abby Barber

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the largest, wildest and most pristine refuge in the entire National Wildlife Refuge System. It harbors many wildlife species, especially during the short summer months, thanks to a diversity of habitats including tundra, rivers, …

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Renewed Arctic Refuge Drilling Push By Alaska Governor

10/15/2015 // By Adam Kolton

NWF Seeks Permanent Protection for Imperiled Coastal Plain As we continue to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week, the pristine wilderness of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (the subject of our newest report), is under threat from onshore oil and gas development. …

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NWF Hosts 2015 Wildlife Conservation Briefing with Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

1/28/2015 // By Samantha Lockhart

On January 3, 2015 the 114th Congress was sworn in – and with it came an incredible opportunity to make 2015 a year of conservation victories for wildlife. That’s why we got together last night by phone with over 150 …

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Obama’s Arctic Proposal Would Protect Arctic Foxes

1/26/2015 // By Bentley Johnson

As the Northeast prepares for Arctic-like weather  this week, the Obama administration took a big step toward permanent protection of the incredible Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska. The Arctic Refuge is wild, spectacular, and it belongs to all Americans. The Refuge’s Coastal Plain …

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Celebrating 50 Years of American Wilderness

9/17/2014 // By Emily Lande

On September 3rd we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act and this week, folks in DC are continuing that celebration in the only way we know how: by asking members of Congress to continue to …

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Arctic Birds Suffering in A Changing Climate

1/27/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

North in the Arctic, there is a mystery unfolding. Populations of birds have entered into a sharp and rapid decline, leaving scientists scrambling to understand just what is happening. As Ed Struzik for Yale’s Environment 360 reports, both the birds …

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Will the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Make Public Land Disappear?

12/3/2012 // By Jenny Kordick

Will the looming ‘fiscal cliff’ lead to the disappearance and destruction of our public lands? It could if some Members of Congress have it their way. Last week, Rep. Rob Bishop (UT) and Rep. Steve Pearce (NM) sent a letter to Speaker of …

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Clock Ticks Down for Arctic Marine Life as Shell Oil Rig Heads to Sea

8/24/2012 // By Jeremy Symons

This week a Shell Oil Co. drilling rig, the Kulluk, headed towards the Beaufort Sea off Alaska’s northern coast to begin drilling operations.  This flagship effort to open up Arctic waters to drilling has already received the thumbs up from the Obama Administration. I …

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