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Downtown Seattle skyline on clear day and a day hazy due to Central WA wildfire

Hot and Hazy: Central Washington Wildfires Muddle the Puget Sound Skyline

9/14/2012 // By Patricia Tillmann

Smoke from Central Washington wildfires is dimming the horizon throughout Washington today, obscuring the crispness that is so common on a sunny summer day in Seattle. It also raises air quality concerns throughout the region and provides a clear example of […] Read more >

House finches at a feeder

Natural Backyard Habitats Serve Birds Better

9/4/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

A recent study of residential landscape types and native bird communities in Phoenix, Arizona, suggests that yards mimicking native vegetation and wild lands offer birds “mini refuges,” helping to offset the loss of biodiversity in cities and supporting birds better […] Read more >

long-nosed bat, Arizona, pollen eating

Bat Facts You Won’t Find in “The Dark Knight Rises”

7/19/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Back when The Dark Knight was released in 2008, we made a very solid case for “7 Reasons Bats are Just as Cool as Batman.” Really, who can challenge these amazing flying mammals, especially when put up against what is essentially […] Read more >

Looking up at Rainier from the trail (photo: Bryn Fluharty)

A Break in the Clouds? Run for the Hills in Seattle

7/18/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

Living in Seattle will teach you one thing: when the sun breaks through the clouds you take advantage of it and get outside! As most of the country swelters in record-breaking heat, here in Seattle we are experiencing what has seemed […] Read more >

Close-up of yellow and red tulip

Captivated by a Landscape: Four Special or Ordinary Places to Take Your Breath Away

6/21/2012 // By Patricia Tillmann

Spectacular rainforests are closer to home than you might think. The entire North American coastline from southern Alaska to central California is home to some of the last intact coastal temperate rainforests in the world. It is a stunning landscape, […] Read more >

Spring flowers, by Wikipedia user Halpaugh.

In Defense of Wildflowers

6/12/2012 // By Larry Schweiger

NWF View By Larry J. Schweiger “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn […] Read more >

Students of Pine Jog Elementary, a U.S. Green Ribbon and NWF Eco-School, hold up lettuce from their hydroponic garden.

Black, Orange… and Green! My Alma Mater is a U.S. Green Ribbon School

6/8/2012 // By Hillary Tipton

Now more than ever, I can’t hide my Tiger pride. Last month, I was thrilled to learn that Loveland High School in Loveland, Ohio, was officially named a U.S. Green Ribbon School for excellence in environmental literacy and sustainability. In […] Read more >

NWF Calls for Campus Case Studies on Sustainability Efforts

6/6/2012 // By Kristy Jones

National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program is calling for case studies on campus sustainability efforts and green jobs training programs from the 2011-2012 academic year; case studies are due on August 3, 2012. NWF’s Campus Ecology program has published case studies […] Read more >

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Find Nearby Parks with your iPhone or Android

6/5/2012 // By Danielle Brigida

It’s time to kick off the summer and get outside! We’ve been collecting great mobile apps that connect people to nature for some time now, and we’ve found a new one to explore. The new Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder™ app is your […] Read more >

Georgia Teen Rallies Community Around Community Wildlife Habitat

6/5/2012 // By Roxanne Paul

At first, Johns Creek seems like your typical suburban neighborhood outside of Atlanta.  Residents obviously take great pride in their gardens. What they can also now take pride in is the fact that Johns Creek was recently recognized by the National Wildlife […] Read more >