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Dolphin mother and calf, Ocean Springs, MS. Three years after the oil disaster, dolphin calves are still being found dead at high rates.  Flickr photo by Juanma Carrillo.

Despite BP’s Claims, Gulf Dolphins Still Struggling

8/14/2013 // By Lacey McCormick

BP’s chief executive Bob Dudley recently boasted in an interview, “The Gulf has bounced back really well. And I’d like to think that we played a big role.” The more than 900 bottlenose dolphins that have died since the spill […] Read more >

A Kemp's ridley hatchling crawls towards the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: National Park Service

Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles Scramble to the Sea

8/5/2013 // By Ryan Fikes

Ever think the closest you might get to seeing a baby sea turtle would be watching Finding Nemo?  Well, during the summer in South Texas, hatchling releases at Padre Island National Seashore allow visitors to watch the sea turtle hatchlings […] Read more >

Hercules 265 Natural Gas Rig on Fire

Another Rig Fire in the Gulf, Another Wakeup Call

7/24/2013 // By Lacey McCormick

Updated below – 7/25/2013 Late last night, a natural gas drilling rig known as Hercules 265 exploded. The rig has now partially collapsed and is burning out of control, too dangerous for firefighters to approach. This incident begs the question: […] Read more >

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Weekly News Roundup- June 28, 2013

6/28/2013 // By Anne Goddard

Coalition Supports New Great Lakes Bill June 26- The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition is supporting a new bill in the U.S. Senate that would help bolster federal efforts to restore the Great Lakes, the source of 20 percent […] Read more >

BP and the Coast Guard have recently announced an end proactive patrols of the Gulf Coast in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. Photo by Corey Balazowich.

40,000-Pound Tar Mat Reminds Us the Oil Spill is Not Over

6/27/2013 // By Lacey McCormick

CNN is reporting that a 165-foot by 65-foot tar mat has been found in shallow water off a Louisiana barrier island beach. While the tar mat is ‘only’ 15 percent oil and 85 percent sand, shells and water, the entire […] Read more >

Weekly News Roundup- June 14, 2013

6/14/2013 // By Anne Goddard

NWF’s Be Out There Movement Announces Partnership with FamilyFun Magazine June 13- National Wildlife Federation, whose mission is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future, is pleased to announce a new partnership with FamilyFun magazine, a trusted, go-to source […] Read more >

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The Senate and the Sea

6/7/2013 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) fittingly represents the Ocean State in the United States Senate. At Capitol Hill Oceans Week Sen. Whitehouse had this to say: “The oceans can do a lot of things, but they can’t speak for themselves.” This week, conservation champions […] Read more >

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Habitat Restoration in the Gulf Can Drive Economic Recovery

5/22/2013 // By Ben Weber

After years of habitat loss and abuse, the story of the Mississippi River Delta is starting to look a bit different. Following the 2010 Gulf oil spill, a monumental piece of legislation called the RESTORE Act is providing a rare […] Read more >

Weekly News Roundup – April 12, 2013

4/12/2013 // By Anne Goddard

Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s NWF news: Sportsmen Share Priorities With New Interior Chief April 10 – A national sportsmen’s coalition looks forward to working with […] Read more >

Marine Foraminifera by Flickr user Pali Nalu

Deepwater Horizon: The Disaster That Keeps on Harming

4/11/2013 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

The devastating (but not wholly unexpected) results of a University of South Florida (USF) study suggest the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster is ongoing in the Gulf of Mexico. Foraminifera — microscopic organisms that are the bread and butter of clam and seaworm diets — […] Read more >