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The Most Important Animals You May Never Notice

9/23/2014 // By Guest Author

When you peer through the surface of your local stream, you may not notice the mussels burrowed in the rocks.  These aquatic workhorses are key to keeping our streams and waterways clean. North America hosts the most diverse freshwater mussel […] 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 >

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Toxic Mining Waste: Just Moments from a Disaster for Wildlife

8/12/2014 // By Avelino Maestas

When I saw footage last week of a tailing dam collapse at Mount Polley Mine, my immediate thought was of the Chino Mine near my hometown of Silver City, New Mexico. There’s a tailing dam 4 miles long and a […] Read more >

Fish kills, like this one in Illinois' Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, can result from hypoxia, or oxygen depletion, a common cause of which is algal blooms.  NOAA photo

For the Love of Fish: The Problems of Blooming Algae and Mass Death at Sea

8/11/2014 // By Russell Bassett

The current blue-green algal bloom in Lake Erie that forced the city of Toledo to not have drinking water for several days and the massive red-tide algal bloom off Florida’s Coast that has already killed thousands of marine animals has put a much-needed […] Read more >

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Saving the Delaware River Basin

8/8/2014 // By Shweta Reddy

Can you see yourself relaxing in the Chesapeake Bay or a river on a hot summer’s day: the way the water gently nudges your feet and toes while you’re lounging on a floatie? Many people don’t know how important the […] Read more >

Sportsmen, especially those that duck hunt and fish, are a vitally important voice that must be engaged to enact the proposed Clean Water Act rule.  Photo by Steve Woodruff (NWF Staff)

Stand with Sportsmen and Conservationists for Clean Water

7/1/2014 // By Russell Bassett

Whether you’re an angler, hunter or wildlife viewer — or, perhaps like many of us, are all three — you understand the importance of watery habitats for wildlife.  These habitats not only include the obvious, such as larger rivers and […] Read more >

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Protecting Wildlife from Freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms

5/15/2014 // By Michael Murray

With spring here and summer on the way, many outdoor opportunities beckon, in particular recreation out on our lakes, rivers and streams. But warmer and longer days also mean the potential for a significant water problem: harmful algal blooms. These […] Read more >

A stream in Mount Rainier National Park. Photo: NPS/Crow Vecchio

7 Reasons to Protect America’s Waters

5/1/2014 // By Lacey McCormick

The Administration has published a proposal to restore Clean Water Act protections to America’s most vulnerable streams and wetlands. Unfortunately, this proposal is already coming under attack from the mining industry and others unwilling to take responsibility for polluting and […] 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 >

Hellbender salamander photo by Flickr user KErry Wixted.

The Hellbender Salamander – Our Most Bizarre National Treasure

3/18/2014 // By Guest Author

The hellbender is an animal of contradictions. It has lungs, but is not an air breather. Young hellbenders are fish food, but adults swallow fish whole. Sometimes hellbenders eat other hellbenders. During the breeding season, a single male vigilantly guards […] Read more >