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Loose Limits on Ships Loose Invasive Species on Great Lakes

12/14/2011 // By Neil Kagan

On December 8th, the federal government unveiled its plan to protect the Great Lakes from the scourge of invasive species.  Unfortunately, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed limits on ships’ discharges of ballast water that are too loose to prevent …

My daughter enjoying nature in our backyard

Operation Fairy Garden

12/14/2011 // By Julia Liljegren

Joy. That feeling of intense happiness and gratification we experience when we discover something new or thrilling, or achieve something meaningful to us. I experienced joy just this past weekend.   My husband and I surprised our daughter for her 8th …

Smile, Planet, You’re on NPP

12/14/2011 // By Melinda Koslow

Almost two months ago a new environmental-observing satellite, NPP, hitched a ride on the United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket into earth’s orbit and data is already coming back to earth. The NPP carries five instruments set to collect daily …


Asian Carp Invade Land of 10,000 Lakes

12/14/2011 // By Marc Smith

Minnesota is heralded as The Land of 10,000 Lakes.  This is no exaggeration; there are 11,842 Minnesota lakes over 10 acres in size.  Not to mention the vast, deep and cold Lake Superior.  Those waters, together with forests, parks, and …

Less than 4 miles from a coal-fired power plant, my kids enjoyed this beach only once the past 2 years.

Big Week to Protect Kids from Mercury

12/12/2011 // By Frank Szollosi

Our kids need to spend more time outside experiencing nature, developing an appreciation for wildlife and the habitat that birds, fish, butterflies and everything else (including us) depend upon.  My family would love to spend more time at this great …

NWF Appeals Court Approval of Controversial Mine

12/12/2011 // By Jeff Alexander

National Wildlife Federation and other conservation groups are appealing a Michigan court ruling that allowed a controversial metallic sulfide mine to be drilled below one of the Midwest’s finest trout streams. Opponents claim the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality should …

Environmentalists, sportsmen, and labor officials gather round the Duramax engine - assembled at 8:30am that very morning - and marvel at its performance, efficiency and pollution-control technology.

EPA Rule Powers Clean Tech Engine, Jobs in Ohio

12/12/2011 // By Frank Szollosi

CLEAN TECH BOOSTS JOBS, SAVES MONEY, CUTS POLLUTION, DRIVES PERFORMANCE If you drive a big pick-up truck at work or when you hunt or fish, you know there are more choices when it comes to engine technology.  Recently, NWF joined …

Shiawassee Flats Wetland Restoration - Birds

First Completed Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Project Means New Habitat for Wildlife, Fresh Hope for People

12/9/2011 // By Celia Haven

Last month, on a cold and windy fall afternoon in Michigan, people from across the Great Lakes region gathered for an exciting and unprecedented event: the dedication of the very first completed Great Lakes Restoration Initiative project. The Shiawassee Flats …

Great Blue Heron covered in oil from the Enbridge oil spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Why Storytelling Will Save Wildlife

12/8/2011 // By Becky Lentz

  The definition of an epiphany (or one definition) is “a sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something”.  How I love a good epiphany.  Mine usually begin like this, “Oh my gosh, I am right and you are …


We Can’t Fillet Our Way Out of Mercury in Fish

12/6/2011 // By Brenda Archambo

Avid Sportsman Bob Garner explains that we “can’t fillet our way out” of the mercury problem. Listen as he talks about the impacts of mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants to our natural resources, economy and way of life. Bob …