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A juvenile blue crab from a Gulf of Mexico estuary. Photo courtesy of ChesapeakeBayEO.

What is Happening to the Gulf’s Blue Crabs?

8/22/2013 // By Ryan Fikes

Blue crabs are one of nature’s survivors. This tough little creature—whose scientific name Callinectes sapidus translates to “savory beautiful swimmer”—is a critical part of the Gulf’s food chain, eaten by a wide variety of species from the Kemp’s ridley sea […] Read more >

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Weekly News Roundup- August 16, 2013

8/16/2013 // By Anne Goddard

What’s happening at National Wildlife Federation this week? Drum roll please!  NWF’s  43rd Annual Photo Contest People’s Choice Award goes to…*opens the envelope* Bottlenose dolphin deaths continue. Why? Read the blog to see what you can do to help. What […] Read more >

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 >

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Weekly News Roundup- July 26, 2013

7/26/2013 // By Anne Goddard

What’s happening at National Wildlife Federation this week? Another Gulf oil rig explosion, another wake up call. Read the blog post about the incident and what it means for the Gulf ecosystem. It’s National Moth Week! From the iconic Luna […] Read more >

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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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The Public Has Spoken: Gulf Ecosystem Restoration Is National Economic Restoration

7/12/2013 // By Robyn Fischer

July 8th marked the end of a public comment period for the Gulf Ecosystem Restoration Council’s Draft Plan. National Wildlife Federation and Environmental Defense Fund’s members submitted an astounding 37, 076 comments to the Gulf Ecosystem Restoration Council, saying that […] 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 >

[credit: NOAA] "Researchers collect a urine sample from Y12, a 16-year-old adult male bottlenose dolphin caught near Grand Isle, Louisiana in August 2011."

Speak Up for Gulf Restoration to Honor Dolphin Y12

6/26/2013 // By Kelly Wagner

  At the third anniversary of the Gulf oil spill this spring, NWF reported more than 650 dolphins were found stranded in the oil spill area since the Gulf oil disaster began–more than four times the historical average. It is […] Read more >

Birds flying over Cat Island. Photo by Sara

Paradise Found: 3 Reasons to Restore the Gulf

6/21/2013 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

The Gulf Coast is a real-life paradise. Its denizens enjoy mild weather, great seafood, sea-view sunsets and award-winning beaches. As the saying goes, though, “Every rose has its thorns.” For Gulf Coast-ers who call it home, the region isn’t without danger. Residents […] Read more >