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Postcard from Cape Monarch

10/9/2015 // By Stacy Small-Lorenz

Crossing the Delaware Bay on my way to New Jersey yesterday, migrating monarchs were flying past the ferry, and I was lucky enough to land at the same time as a cloud of these guys descended upon the dunes of …

A member of the Service Employees International Union speaks out for continued climate action in Baltimore.

Taking Climate Action in Maryland

7/31/2015 // By Jillian-Taylor Stokes

Maryland is famous for its wetlands, delicious seafood, and unique biodiversity, all thanks to the Chesapeake Bay. With over 3,000 miles of coastline, the Free State is the third most vulnerable to sea level rise. Highly sought bay species like …

Red wolf.  Photo by Curtis Carley, USFWS.

Landowners Needed to Save the Red Wolf

7/24/2015 // By Jen Mihills

The last fourteen remaining red wolves were rescued from the brink of extinction 35 years ago and became the ancestors of all red wolves alive today. Through careful breeding and reintroduction efforts, there are now 50-75 red wolves raising pups. …

Blue crab, Flickr photo by Jeremy Thorpe.

Healthier Waters for the Chesapeake Blue Crab

7/23/2015 // By Hilary Harp Falk

Good news for Chesapeake blue crab habitat! A recent court decision supports the historic plan to clean-up the Chesapeake Bay and protect wildlife. Recently, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the historic clean-up plan for the Chesapeake Bay. National Wildlife …

Teaching the next generation to kayak #proveronawrong. Photo shared by David Harp

Where is Everyone? Growing the Next Generation Outdoors

7/20/2015 // By Hilary Harp Falk

The drumbeat of news about kids in nature is bad – childhood has largely moved inside, screen time use is at an all-time high (and has real consequences), unstructured playtime is shrinking. Most recently, my friend Rona Kobell with the …

Baltimore Oriole photographed by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Janice Sommerville

We’ve Always Been a City for the Birds

7/15/2015 // By Kim Martinez

Baltimore.  Home of the beloved Baltimore Orioles and affectionately known by residents as Birdland.  There’s no better place for the National Wildlife Federation to launch its signature Community Wildlife Habitat program, encouraging residents to Grow Together. McElderry Park is one of …


Pennsylvania Schools: Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future

7/10/2015 // By Kim Martinez

Long before the US Green Ribbon Schools Award was established, there were ‘green guardians’ of schools and universities. These folks arrived to campus early, left late, and spent countless weekends and summers preparing, planting, pruning, watering, and taking action to conserve and …

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Is That Sushi Safe, Kingfisher?

5/11/2015 // By Stacy Small-Lorenz

If you love paddling, swimming or just walking along the banks of creeks and rivers like I do, you are probably familiar with the head-turning chatter of the Belted Kingfisher as it flies upstream, making its way between streamside perches.  …

A juvenile blue crab. Photo by ChesapeakeBayEO, Flickr Creative Commons.

Endangered Species Day: Climate Change Threatens Wildlife

5/11/2015 // By Tiffany Hartung

Climate change and business as usual could threaten 1 in 6 plant and animal species with extinction. Last month a study published in Science by Mark Urban found an accelerating extinction risk due to climate change. Dr. Urban’s study found that as the …

Hilary Falk, Cindy Dunn and Collin O'Mara. Photo by Grant LaRouche

Celebrating Women in Conservation: Cindy Dunn

3/17/2015 // By Hilary Harp Falk

In recognition of Women’s History Month, National Wildlife Federation is celebrating Women in Conservation.   The state of Pennsylvania has a great tradition of women in conservation including the founder of the modern environmental movement, Rachel Carson. The other day I had the …