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A family of five curious River Otters in Lime Kiln State Park on Washington's San Juan Island. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Tyler Davis.

We OTTER Protect Clean Water

10/21/2013 // By Robyn Fischer

Looking beyond the hackneyed pun, the statement is as true as it ever was: we need to protect our waters in the United States. This includes all waters, particularly critical headwater streams, rivers, and wetlands – the very waters that our […] Read more >

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Dolphins Call Each Other Out by Their Names

7/25/2013 // By Mary Price

Although we don’t talk to dolphins, we are learning more about how they communicate with one another.  A recent study released by the University of St. Andrews in Scotland gives evidence to the evolving theory that dolphins use unique whistles to […] Read more >

Emaciated pelicans began dying in the lagoon starting in February. Andrea Westmoreland/Flickr.

Troubled Waters – Mysterious Wildlife Deaths in Indian River Lagoon

7/18/2013 // By Glenn Watkins

It sounds like a scene straight out of a Carl Hiaasen novel – mysterious marine mammal and bird deaths haunting a once pristine South Florida lagoon. A historically vibrant estuary now lined with the carcasses of outwardly healthy manatees and […] Read more >

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The Public Has Spoken: Gulf Ecosystem Restoration Is National Economic Restoration

7/12/2013 // By Robyn Fischer

July 8th marked the end of a public comment period for the Gulf Ecosystem Restoration Council’s Draft Plan. National Wildlife Federation and Environmental Defense Fund’s members submitted an astounding 37, 076 comments to the Gulf Ecosystem Restoration Council, saying that […] Read more >

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Supreme Court to Water Resource Managers: Just Say No to Filling Wetlands and Floodplains?

6/28/2013 // By Jan Goldman-Carter

With last week’s 5-4 ruling in Koontz v. Saint John’s River Water Management District, the Supreme Court has made it harder for state and local water resource managers to protect the public’s interest in wetlands and floodplains. Our First Line […] Read more >

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Don’t Leave Florida’s Springs Out to Dry

6/24/2013 // By Glenn Watkins

Once upon a time, in a swampy, far away land, there were crystal clear natural springs that mesmerized visitors traveling to Florida from miles and miles away. Before the wonderful world of Disney was constructed atop the headwaters of the […] Read more >

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Wildlife Friendly Solutions to Flooding and Other Water Challenges

6/21/2013 // By George Sorvalis

Imagine your house regularly floods when the local river leaves its banks after a heavy rain.  Now imagine that your Congressman announces a plan to build a levee along the river to protect you and your neighbors, and even better, […] Read more >

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Are Your Taxpayer Dollars Helping to Destroy Wetlands?

6/20/2013 // By Jan Goldman-Carter

The Senate passed a 2013 Farm Bill that would stop this unbridled wetland drainage, but the House just refused to follow suit. Call your representatives and insist on wetland conservation compliance in the final 2013 Farm Bill. The Prairie Pothole […] Read more >

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Baltimore: My Hometown and Now a City for the Birds

5/20/2013 // By Hilary Harp Falk

I grew up in Baltimore and still love all the special things about it: neighborhood pride, crab cakes, and the Inner Harbor. There is even more to be proud of in Baltimore these days, such as successful sports teams, economic development […] Read more >

The American White Pelican is huge – it has a nine-foot wingspan, measures over five feet in length, and weighs about 16.4 pounds. Image: mikebaird/Flickr

White House Continues to Shortchange Wetlands & Streams

5/14/2013 // By Glenn Watkins

This May marks the annual American Wetlands Month – a time each year to remember the importance of wetlands for storm and flood protection, water quality, and fish and wildlife habitat. It’s a time to revive wetland conservation efforts across the […] Read more >