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Five Things to Know about the Tar Sands Threat to American Birds

6/9/2014 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Tar sands—a mixture of sand, clay and water from which a dense and extremely viscous form of petroleum, called bitumen, can be extracted—underlie more than 54,000 square miles of northeastern Alberta, Canada. Roughly the size of Florida, this area marks […] Read more >

The Green River, the site of a recent oil spill, is the chief tributary of the Colorado River. It's  home to endangered fish species and is important to tourism. Photo by Ann Morgan

Drilling Spills on Public Lands Continue to Threaten Water, Wildlife — Our Shared Public Heritage

6/5/2014 // By Judith Kohler

An unknown volume of oil and water from a Utah drilling site has flown into the Green River, the chief tributary of the Colorado River. The spill—caused by a ruptured valve on a well—is just the latest reminder of what’s at stake […] Read more >

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Helping California’s Legendary Frog Go the Distance

5/16/2014 // By Anne Bolen

Last fall, even before we had hints of the severity of the drought that is ravaging California, I was staring at a small pond in the central part of the state and wondering how could this drop in a very […] Read more >

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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 >

Lemur photo by Clarice Chiquetto.

Lemurs: Big-eyed Wonders Threatened with Extinction

4/3/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Tomorrow, the movie Island of Lemurs: Madagascar will open in IMAX 3D theaters. This is probably your best opportunity to see lemurs up-close, because the only place on Earth they live is Madagascar. Without giving away the movie, here are a few things you’ll […] Read more >

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Red Wolves: an Endangered Species in Peril

3/24/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

Near the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the heart of the five county Albemarle Peninsula, there is a federal wildlife refuge called Alligator River. With more than 152,000 square acres, the wetland refuge is home to countless species, but […] Read more >

Point Arena-Stornetta along California's Mendocino coastline has been added to the California Coastal National Monument. Flickr photo by BLM California.

Obama Uses Pen to Protect California Shoreline: More on Way?

3/16/2014 // By Judith Kohler

President Barack Obama promised in his State of the Union address to use his authority to protect “more of our pristine federal lands for future generations” to get around congressional resistance to new wilderness areas, national parks and monuments. So […] Read more >

A threatened Red Legged Frog, whose habitat was saved by NEPA review. Flickr photo by Robert Fletcher

Congress Considering Taking Public Out of Review Process for Water Projects

2/21/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

More than 40 years ago, America began to lay the groundwork for one of the pieces of environmental legislation we rely on today. It was born in part out of an era of big projects by the federal government. Interstates […] Read more >

A cub in Yellowstone National Park. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Steve McMorran.

Congress’s Week-Long War on Wildlife

2/4/2014 // By Adeline Rolnick

The House of Representatives may only be a month in to the new Congressional session, but they’ve wasted no time in mounting a week-long attack on wildlife and wild lands.  This week’s triple threat includes bills that attack our great […] Read more >

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Weekly News Roundup: December 20, 2013

12/20/2013 // By Anne Goddard

What’s happening at National Wildlife Federation this week? Naughty or Nice? Will Congress help wildlife with a Sodsaver provision in the farm bill? Eco-Schools Goes the Extra Mile. Ten NYC Eco-Schools raise over $30,000 with ioby. Climate Wins for 2013. […] Read more >