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Connecting with nature at the annual Unplug and Play community event.

Missoula’s Clark Fork School Plants Trees for Wildlife

6/23/2015 // By Darcy McKinley Lester

Missoula’s annual UnPlug and Play Week, hosted by Let’s Move! Missoula, aims to reconnect kids and their families with nature and outdoor activity. Working with National Wildlife Federation’s Missoula-based Wildlife Habitat and Sustainability Educator, AmeriCorps member Darcy McKinley Lester, teachers …

Tongue River Valley in southeastern Montana

UPDATE: Tongue River Railroad Proposal—Still a Bad Idea

6/9/2015 // By Dave Dittloff

The Surface Transportation Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the proposed Tongue River Railroad. They claim the “proposed rail line may affect, but is not likely to adversely affect” wildlife in the area. …

Greater sage grouse. Photo from USDA

Big Hurdles for Greater Sage Grouse

6/5/2015 // By Hayley Newman

The image of a barbed wire fence stretching across a field of prairie grasses and sage brush has been the inspiration for paintings, poems, and the general allure of the “wild wild west” for decades. However, the vast fencing infrastructure …

Bison by Carol Ayers at the National Bison Range in Montana.

‘Sportsmen for Bison’ Rallies Hunters Around Tremendous Restoration Opportunity

6/3/2015 // By Steve Woodruff

  One of the biggest constituency for wildlife now has an opportunity to benefit one of the biggest game animals: bison. Over the past century, hunters have led the way in restoring and conserving wildlife such as elk, deer, bighorn sheep, …

Photo by Steve Woodruff

No More Butting Heads: NWF’s Adopt a Wildlife Acre Program Protects Key Habitat For Bighorn Sheep

6/1/2015 // By Kit Fischer

The National Wildlife Federation’s most recent Adopt-A-Wildlife-Acre work has focused on resolving conflicts between bighorn sheep and domestic sheep that graze on public lands in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. Domestic sheep frequently harbor a type of pneumonia that is easily …

Big horn sheep. Photo by Steve Woodruff

U.S. Sheep Station in Conflict with Wildlife

5/29/2015 // By Tom France

Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding national forests and wilderness areas of central Idaho are some of the nation’s wildest country. Two of the greatest wildlife habitats in this region are the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and …

NWF’s Wildlife Habitat and Sustainability Educator Darcy McKinley Lester visits the 8th Street Pocket Park, one of the certified wildlife habitats in Missoula, MT.  Photo by Steve Woodruff.

Do You Garden For Wildlife?

5/27/2015 // By Kate Sutherland

We often picture wildlife habitat as, well, wild: forests, rivers, and mountain peaks.  However, the green spaces around our homes also provide important wildlife habitat for songbirds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators, as well as small mammals, frogs, snakes and …

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Fishing with Aloha

3/16/2015 // By Les Welsh

Fishers are the eyes and ears on the ocean. With your kōkua – your help – we can make sure Hawaiian monk seals survive and that our fishing communities thrive. Since ancient times, fishing has always been an integral part …

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Love is in the Air: Courtship Behavior in Backyard Birds

1/21/2015 // By Kaitlin Parker

February is the month of love, and not just for those who celebrate with a Valentine’s Day card and a box of chocolates.  As spring approaches you may be observing some interesting behaviors exhibited by your backyard birds. Why do …

Animal Prints by Charlene Clark.

Who Goes There? Identifying Animal Tracks In Your Backyard

12/23/2014 // By Kaitlin Parker

Are you eagerly awaiting the snowy season in order to take a peek at what critters have been scurrying through your backyard? Studying prints left by animals is an ancient activity that was first practiced by those who depended on …

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