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Brown pelicans rescued in January 2010 (photo courtesy of Tri-State Bird Rescue)

Connecting the Dots for Critters: More Weather and Climate Extremes Affect Wildlife Too

5/3/2012 // By Amanda Staudt

On Saturday May 5, 350.org is holding a worldwide Climate Impacts Day to draw attention to how climate change is causing more extreme weather and climate events, often with devastating consequences. We all have experienced or read news accounts of […] Read more >

Tar sands pipelines spell big trouble for species like cranes (photo: Andrea Westmoreland)

Sandhill Cranes: an Ancient Bird, a New Threat, and How You Can Help

5/3/2012 // By Peter LaFontaine

What does Big Oil have in store for one of the planet’s oldest residents? Find out more about this amazing animal and its trek across our continent — and how Canada’s tar sands industry puts it in danger. Read more >

A bobcat on the prowl at Fort Ord National Monument (Flickr: Conservation Lands Foundation)

A Monumental Announcement for Fort Ord Wildlife

5/1/2012 // By Jenny Kordick

President Obama recently named Fort Ord America’s newest National Monument–an area encompassing nearly 15,000 acres of prime wildlife habitat in Monterey County, California.  A National Monument is a protected area that has significant natural, cultural, and scientific value and is […] Read more >

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Another Hawaiian Monk Seal is Found Dead on Kaua‘i

4/27/2012 // By Les Welsh

The illegal, intentional killing of endangered Hawaiian monk seals unfortunately continues with yet another found dead on a northeastern beach on Kaua‘i. Known to researchers as RA16 and nicknamed “Noho,” the seal was born and raised in the waters around […] Read more >

Train tracks already run along the Columbia. Tracks like these would cary the coal laden trains along the river. Photo: Bryn Fluharty

Coal Export Threatens a Pacific Northwest Legacy

4/19/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

The Columbia River is a Pacific Northwest legacy. Its mighty waters have inspired songs like the Washington State folk song ‘Roll on, Columbia, Roll on,’ which brings lyrical majesty to the might of a river which provides our region with […] Read more >

Proposed Rule Fails to Protect Central Texas Rivers and Bays

4/17/2012 // By Joanna Wolaver

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) proposed a rule on Friday, April 13th that will determine the amount of water that must remain flowing in Central and South Central Texas rivers and into the region’s bays to sustain fish […] Read more >

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What National Wildlife Week Means To Me

3/21/2012 // By Laura Hickey

The endangered gray wolf was the poster child of the 1974 National Wildlife Week, whose theme was “We Care About Endangered Wildlife.” It’s also the reason that I came to work for the National Wildlife Federation in 1986. In 1974, […] Read more >

Comparison of fish at the same age, reared in the main river channel (left) and reared in the floodplain (right). Source: Jeffres et al., 2008

Puget Sound’s Vanishing Salmon

3/20/2012 // By NWF

In the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed with the kinds of surroundings that most people just read about in the glossy pages of magazines. Accordingly, we want to build homes and businesses as close to that natural beauty as we can get – often, in floodplains. Unfortunately, in doing so, we destroy the natural systems that sustain this essential ecosystem. Read more >

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The Slow Revival of America’s Grizzlies

3/19/2012 // By NWF

During the winter of 1804-05, when they were camped for the season in North Dakota, the Lewis and Clark Expedition heard the Mandan Indians speak of a fearsome great “white” bear that they’d encounter further west. Sure enough, the following year they became the first non-indigenous Americans to encounter grizzly bears. Read more >

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Development in Floodplains – bad for people and wildlife

3/12/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

It is a story told throughout the world; the once docile and tame river rising from its banks to spill out over the surrounding area in a torrent of muddy water. As the water picks up speed it begins to […] Read more >