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Weekly News Roundup: Happy National Wildlife Week and more!

3/13/2015 // By Linda Argueta

Started in 1938, the first Wildlife Week was celebrated by the National Wildlife Federation and our state affiliate partners to bring the nation’s attention for the need of improved wildlife protection. This year, we are happy to provide wildlife lovers …

Dogs playing on the beach. Photo by Abby Barber

Meet Your Pets’ Wild Relatives

3/13/2015 // By Abby Barber

Ask me to describe my dog, Humphrey, in one word and I immediately think “Wild.”  Not just because he is a sweet-faced troublemaker, but because he reminds me of his wild ancestor, the gray wolf. Like most pets, my dog …

International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park, Portland Oregon. Photo by InSapphoWeTrust, Flickr Creative Commons

Fun Parks to Visit in the Top 10 Cities for Wildlife

3/11/2015 // By Abby Barber

Parks are great places to get outdoors and see wildlife, especially in cities. Whether a park is 100 acres or 4000 acres, wildlife is sure to be found in the trees, on the ground, in the water – all over! …

National Wildlife Week: Salmon Free in the Heart of Portland

3/10/2015 // By Jessie Yuhaniak

Oregon’s two largest spring Chinook salmon runs, located in the Columbia and Willamette rivers, connect in the city of Portland.Chinook salmon, a keystone species, are a source of great economic, ecological, and recreational value to Portlanders. The Association of Northwest …

National Wildlife Week: Going Batty in Austin, TX

3/10/2015 // By Jessie Yuhaniak

At Bat Conservation International in Austin, TX, Dianne Odegard is education and public outreach manager. At home, as a bat rehabilitator, she can have 7-8 native species of insectivorous bats in her care at a time. Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge …

4 Animals You Didn’t Know Are Native to the US

3/10/2015 // By Courtney Hyde

I live in an apartment, so my life with wildlife is limited to spotting squirrels and the occasional bird in my shared backyard. But since it is National Wildlife Week here at National Wildlife Federation, let’s take a look at …

National Wildlife Week: Banks of “America’s Forgotten River” Become Home for Bald Eagles

3/9/2015 // By Jessie Yuhaniak

Earth Conservation Corps, NWF’s District of Columbia affiliate, has been hard at work restoring the wetland and riparian habitat along America’s “forgotten river,” the Anacostia, at Diamond Teague Park.  Over the last few years, work has been conducted to control …

National Wildlife Week: Baltimore Community Habitat Steps Up for a Healthy Bay

3/9/2015 // By Jessie Yuhaniak

We all know that Baltimore is for the birds, and NWF and the National Aquarium, its Maryland affiliate, have teamed up to help Baltimore “B’More Wild”— aiming to create the largest NWF Certified Community Wildlife Habitat along the Chesapeake Bay. …

Peregrine Falcon photo photographed by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Ted Glasoe

National Wildlife Week: Indianapolis’ KathyQ Introduces Social Media for Peregrine Falcons

3/9/2015 // By Jessie Yuhaniak

Indianapolis’ location along the Mississippi Flyway allows its residents to help provide habitats for migratory birds traveling along the river. The Indiana Wildlife Federation, located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, works for wildlife by promoting sustainability and the wise …

National Wildlife Week: Seattle’s Villa Academy Raises a Flag for Eco-Schools

3/9/2015 // By Jessie Yuhaniak

Off the shores of Lake Washington in Seattle, Villa Academy is working to create a wildlife oasis at their pre K-8 Independent Catholic school.  Their 30-acre school grounds have been enhanced by removing invasive species, planting natives, and restoring important …