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Common Loon by Gary Lackie

Biologists Study Impact of BP Oil Disaster On Loons

4/15/2014 // By Laura Tangley

Just over a year ago, I held a “charismatic megavertebrate” on my lap. As a participant on a research project in the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of Louisiana, I had tucked the common loon’s head under my […] Read more >

Sandhill cranes are one of the many species that are impacted by tar sands development. Photo by Myrna Erler Bradshaw, NWF photo contest winner

The Top 10 Quotes from Today’s Keystone XL Hearing

3/13/2014 // By Mollie Simon

Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a long-anticipated hearing on the Keystone XL Pipeline. This hearing aimed to explore whether the pipeline is in our national interest and included panelists such as esteemed climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, and […] Read more >

Moose foraging in late winter. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Bill Gorton.

Tar Sands in our Tanks? Tracing Extreme Energy on its way to New England

1/23/2014 // By Annie Mackin

So far, New England has remained virtually free of the extreme, polluting form of energy known as tar sands. Less than 1 percent of our fuel comes from the viscous, tarry, carbon-intensive substance that must be strip mined or steamed […] Read more >

An old oil pipeline in Winnipeg near the  Assiniboine River. Flickr photo by Joel Penner.

Industry Giveaway Bill Seeks to Gut Public Review of Dangerous Pipeline Projects

10/28/2013 // By Jim Murphy

Now that Congress is done shuttering our National Parks and needlessly putting the world economy at risk, it’s time for them to turn to another of their favorite pastimes – trying to deny citizens the right to participate in reviewing […] Read more >

Purple Martin by Richard Winegar

The Case of the Missing Martins

9/12/2013 // By Laura Tangley

  A few weeks ago, I headed down Interstate 95 from my home in Washington, D.C., to attend a quirky festival, “Gone to the Birds,” held each August in Richmond, Virginia. The festival celebrates purple martins, and it is timed […] Read more >

Alberta places wildlife at further risk with tar sands wetlands exemption

9/12/2013 // By Jim Murphy

The continuing wildlife crisis in Canada’s boreal forest just got worst as the Alberta government, after 8 years of delays, released a wetlands policy that gives 195 destructive tar sands mining and drilling projects a pass on having to comply […] Read more >

Sunset over coastal grasses. Photo by Cas Galiszewski, National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant.

How Grasslands Affect Climate Change

7/29/2013 // By Ben Larson

Watching President Obama roll up his sleeves, mop his brow, and get serious about climate change, I was heartened to have read that one of the specifics will involve grasses. Admittedly, they may not be one of the most charismatic […] Read more >

Bicknell's thrush nestlings

Looking Out for Bicknell’s Thrushes in New Hampshire and Beyond

6/27/2013 // By Kelly Senser

Despite closing down in 1984, the Mittersill Ski Area in New Hampshire’s White Mountains never stopped attracting skiers. Wooed by the challenging terrain, these adventure seekers risked getting injured or lost in the unpatrolled landscape. To address this problem, the […] Read more >

U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Climate Change Spells Peril for Puffins (Updated)

6/4/2013 // By Mary Price

With its distinctive appearance, the Atlantic puffin has been endowed with colorful names—from “sea parrot” to “the clown of the sea,” and even “sea rooster.” Nicknames aside, these tuxedoed waddlers are causing increased concern and sounding a now all-too-familiar alarm […] Read more >

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Visiting the Wild Western Arctic Reserve

10/18/2012 // By Guest Author

The following is a guest post from Larry Bartlett from Fairbanks, Alaska—he gives a firsthand account of  traveling in the Western Arctic Reserve (also known as the National Petroleum Reserve or NPR-A), the single largest unit of public land in the nation […] Read more >