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Oystercatchers are just one species that rely on oyster reefs-- but this habitat has declined across the Gulf. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Kathy Reeves.

$80 Million Announced for Gulf Restoration Projects

11/16/2015 // By Ryan Fikes

The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has recently announced a third round of projects funded by BP and Transocean’s 2012 criminal settlement. To date, nearly $480 million from this fund has been designated for restoration projects benefitting wildlife across the Gulf Coast. In …


What We Know Now About the BP Oil Disaster

11/9/2015 // By Ryan Fikes

It’s been more than five years since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. Since that time, a council of federal and state Trustees have been extensively investigating the impacts of the disaster on wildlife and habitats, but that information has …

Monarch Butterfly. Photo by NWF Austin Habitat Stewards Jim and Lynne Weber

Monarch Heroes Taking Flight in Texas

10/13/2015 // By Marya Fowler

Monarch Heroes Program Launched in 15 schools in Texas  To help build awareness and reverse monarch decline in Texas, NWF launched our Monarch Heroes Program with the Austin and Houston Independent School Districts in September. This environmental education and outreach …

Least tern family. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Ursula Dubrick

Least Terns: Life on the Edge

10/12/2015 // By David Muth

Least terns live life on the edge. Only nine inches long and packing just 1.5 ounces of muscle and feather, they are aptly named. Despite their size, they are prodigious migrants—heading south in August and September to the coast of …

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Sportsmen and Women Speak Up for the Gulf

10/9/2015 // By Steve Bender

Next year, the National Wildlife Federation will celebrate its 80th year as a leader in conservation and as an advocate for wildlife and wild spaces. In the beginning, there was J.N. “Ding” Darling – an editorial cartoonist who became one …

Where Rivers Meet the Sea

9/25/2015 // By Lacey McCormick

Saturday is National Estuaries Day. But what is an estuary and why should we celebrate it? An estuary is formed where fresh water from rivers mixes with salt water. These places are vital habitat for young fish, crabs, shrimp, oysters …

From St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s residence.  Photo by Mayor Francis Slay’

Declining Monarch Butterfly Finds Hope for Recovery in St. Louis

9/15/2015 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

About this time last year, the National Weather Service spotted a cloud stretching from the St. Louis area east into Illinois. Meteorologists watching the radar noted that its shape was irregular and it was changing shapes. Turns out, it was …


Students Boost Leadership at Atlanta’s Earth Tomorrow Summer Institute

9/14/2015 // By Crystal Grant

Once a year, high school student environmental leaders from NWF Earth Tomorrow® clubs in Atlanta can apply to spend six days in a residential Summer Institute program at the Georgia Institute of Technology that provides them with the opportunity to develop leadership …

Everglades National Park is home a unique subspecies of seaside sparrow, the Cape Sable seaside sparrow. Photo: NPS / Lori Oberhofer

Closing the Gaps in Gulf Restoration

9/11/2015 // By Jessica Ritter

For most people, the acronyms NFWF, NRDA and even RESTORE may look like gibberish, but these collections of letters represent funding streams for restoring the Gulf in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Each of these funding …


Hog Factory Threatens Fish and Wildlife on Buffalo National Scenic River in Arkansas

9/3/2015 // By Kelly Wagner

In a natural wonderland in northwestern Arkansas, the Buffalo National Scenic River runs through picturesque terrain that serves as a home to a number of endangered species, including the Gray Bat. But now, a massive hog factory poses an ecosystem …