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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 >

NWF Legal Victory for Florida Panther Leads to Greater Protections for Salmon, Whales and Sea Turtles

2/29/2012 // By Aislinn Maestas

In 2005, National Wildlife Federation celebrated a major legal victory (pdf) in our fight to save the Florida panther. The case was a landmark moment for NWF, as the court clearly instructed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that it […] Read more >

Settle the BP Oil Spill Litigation? Maybe, But Let’s Not Let BP Shortchange the Gulf Yet Again

2/28/2012 // By John Kostyack

Next week, the long-awaited trial begins to decide the liability of BP, Transocean, Halliburton and other companies involved with the April 2010 oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The trial was set to begin this week, but it was postponed […] Read more >

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Houston Toads: New Victims of Climate Change

2/27/2012 // By Joe Mendelson

Climate change isn’t just making the mercury rise; it is causing a lot of other problems, including extreme droughts and wildfires. These accelerating global warming impacts are very troubling for the Houston toad, and with Leap Day upon us the plight of this endangered amphibian has been […] Read more >

Miami Blue Butterfly, Photo credit: Jeffrey Glassberg, Ph.D

Vanishing Beauty: Endangered Miami Blue Butterfly Losing to Invasive Green Iguana

2/16/2012 // By Mekell Mikell

The Sunshine State is a little less bright and colorful now that the tiny and endangered Miami blue butterflyis facing a new challenge to its survival.  Large Central American iguanas are feasting on the nickerbean leaves this vanishing beauty uses […] Read more >

Campus Youth – Enter the NWF Journey in your Backyard Sweepstakes to win a trip to the adventurous island of Oahu

2/14/2012 // By Kristy Jones

National Wildlife Federation has teamed up with the film Journey 2: The Mysterious Island to inspire students and their families to get outdoors, to explore nature and to learn about the incredible wildlife in their own backyard.   Journey 2: […] Read more >