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The Misissippi River Delta supports 100 million migratory, nesting and wintering birds

A Bold Restoration Plan for the Pelican State

1/20/2012 // By Lacey McCormick

The Mississippi River Delta is where the muddy waters of America’s longest river connect with the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It is one of this nation’s most important ecosystems for fish and wildlife—and one of its most […] Read more >

Tar balls in Bay Jimmy

Eyewitness Account: Oil Still Soaking Gulf Coast

9/21/2011 // By Maura Wood

It seemed odd to be heading out of the Myrtle Grove Marina on a beautiful day looking for oil. The Deepwater Horizon well was capped over a year ago. BP is trying to wrap up their clean-up operations, tell us it’s all […] Read more >

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Climate Change and Hurricanes: Not Just a Concern for Coastal Communities

9/15/2011 // By Amanda Staudt

The 2011 hurricane season may well be remembered most for flooding along the eastern seaboard, especially from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The impacts were felt in places that typically don’t have to worry about hurricanes. That’s because some […] Read more >

Caernarvon Delta, August 2011 (NWF staff photo)

Waterfowl Finding New Homes in Thriving Mississippi River Wetlands Restoration Project

8/31/2011 // By NWF

By Maura Wood, National Wildlife Federation Coastal Louisiana Senior Outreach Coordinator Our boat left the canal, rounded a small spit of land, and emerged into the outfall area of the Caernarvon freshwater diversion, known as Big Mar – Big Sea. […] Read more >

Hope for Coastal Louisiana: Reconnecting the Mississippi with its Delta

7/21/2011 // By NWF

This post was written by Dr. Alisha Renfro, a coastal scientist with NWF working on the Mississippi River Delta restoration in coastal Louisiana. She has Ph.D. in Marine and Atmospheric Science from Stony Brook University. Every year, in the spring, […] Read more >

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Gulf Restoration Tour Finishes on a High Note!

6/23/2011 // By Jenna Peters

405 Volunteers + 3,240 Hours of Hard Labor = Tireless Dedication and Commitment to the Gulf’s Precious Places. While BBQs, beach outings, and parades were in full swing Memorial Day weekend, National Wildlife Federation’s committed network of volunteers were knee […] Read more >

Oil seen off Louisiana, June 2011

Exclusive: Tests on New Oil Slick Off Louisiana Point to Fresh Spill

6/9/2011 // By Miles Grant

The National Wildlife Federation has just received the results of tests on the newly-discovered oil in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana, not far from the Delta National Wildlife Refuge. We gave the samples to Ed Overton, professor emeritus in […] Read more >

Oil seen off Louisiana, June 2011

Oil Spotted on Gulf Surface Near Delta National Wildlife Refuge

6/8/2011 // By Miles Grant

UPDATE 6/9/11: Test results from a National Wildlife Federation sample indicate the oil is NOT stirred-up BP oil, but rather a fresh spill. Staffers in the National Wildlife Federation’s Coastal Louisiana office were tipped off to newly-seen weathered oil on […] Read more >

Extensive flooding from the Mississippi River

When Flood Protections Falter

5/27/2011 // By Amanda Stone

The following is a guest post from NWF Coastal Analyst, Alisha Renfro. Large amounts of rainfall and snowmelt throughout the Midwest caused the Mississippi River to swell to record conditions, the biggest flood below Memphis since the great flood of […] Read more >

Flooding in downtown Memphis, May 2011 (via Flickr's Chris Wieland)

Climate Crisis Fueling Mississippi River’s Historic Floods

5/9/2011 // By Miles Grant

The Mississippi River is experiencing its second “500-year flood” since 1993. That’s no freak occurrence – it’s a result of man-made carbon pollution changing our climate. “All extreme weather events are now subject to human influence,” said Dr. Peter Gleick, […] Read more >