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Since 1900, Puget Sound Chinook salmon populations have declined 93% and nine runs of Chinook have gone extinct. Orca whales, which eat primarily salmon, have declined by half. Source: Minette Layne/WikiMedia Commons

Video: The Beautiful Life of Orcas

8/29/2013 // By Jane Kirchner

Yesterday a friend sent me this three minute video of orca whales traveling through a pass near Vancouver Island.  It is so beautiful and such a rich glimpse into how orcas live, right along the Pacific shoreline.  It made my afternoon — sparkling deep blue […] Read more >

Sockeye Salmon by Dan Bennett

As Fish Die in Alaska Heat, Media Ignores Climate Tie

8/7/2013 // By Jennifer Janssen

Last week, Reuters reported thousands of Alaskan salmon and trout are dying as a result of record-setting heat wave. But the real shock of the story comes in realizing the Reuters story never once mentioned that climate change is driving […] Read more >

Stir and sniff tar sands in the Oil Sands Discovery Centre in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Photo by Alexis Bonogofsky

Scratch and Sniff Tar Sands

7/12/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

When I walked into the Oil Sands Discovery Centre a day after participating in the Tar Sands Healing Walk in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, the first thing I noticed was a clear dome on a stand, just tall enough for […] Read more >

Clayton Thomas-Muller, one of the main organizers, gathers the marchers. Photo copyright Alexis Bonogofsky

You Can Help Heal the Tar Sands By Stopping the Keystone XL Pipeline

7/11/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

Last week, I was fortunate enough to join more than 500 people from the First Nations, Canada and the United States to walk 14 kilometers through Canada’s tar sands mining operations in the fourth annual Tar Sands Healing Walk. I […] Read more >

Bison on Fort Peck Reservation. Photo Copyright Alexis Bonogofsky

Yellowstone Bison Revitalize Prairie on Fort Peck Reservation in One Year

7/2/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

Robbie Magnan, Manager of the Fort Peck Tribes Game and Fish Department, picks us up from our hotel in Wolf Point, Montana right a noon. His smile and good mood are infectious. To him, any day he gets to take […] Read more >

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Black Death: How Coal Exports Threaten Orcas

6/26/2013 // By Suzi Letouze

You can help orcas today by speaking up! Urge the Army Corps of Engineers to thoroughly review the risks from proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest. For more information on the dangers coal exports will create for orcas and other […] Read more >

Tongue River Valley in southeastern Montana

Why the Flathead River Gets Protected and the Tongue River Gets the Pollution

6/24/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

Don’t get me wrong. I’m 100 percent in favor of protecting the North Fork of the Flathead River in northwestern Montana. It’s a no brainer. The watershed is important for wildlife, recreation, tourism and agriculture, and it is under threat […] Read more >

Montana Citizens Demand Exxon Pay Entire Yellowstone River Oil Spill Fine

6/19/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

Citizens from Yellowstone County are asking Exxon to pay the full $1.7 million dollar fine amount levied by the US Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) for the 63,000-gallon crude oil spill into the Yellowstone River on […] Read more >

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Music and Arts Festival Celebrates Wild Salmon and Bristol Bay

6/19/2013 // By Les Welsh

Come to Alaska this summer and join National Wildlife Federation’s Alaska affiliate, the Renewable Resources Foundation, for Salmonstock—a three-day music and arts festival celebrating Bristol Bay, wild salmon and the people who depend upon them! Held August 2-4 at the […] Read more >

John Gale on a farm hunting

Spending Time on a Farm Made Me a Conservationist

6/14/2013 // By Carla Brown

Did time on a farm inspire you to care about wildlife and natural places? Check out these farm memories from National Wildlife Federation staff and volunteers, and then share your stories. Read more >