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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: Live 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 …

Oystercatchers are just one of perhaps hundreds of species that utilize oyster reefs for food or habitat. Photo: Donated to NWF by Kathy Reeves

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 …


Discovery Hill: An Outdoor Learning Laboratory

9/1/2015 // By Jennifer Hammonds

The importance of children having outdoor learning spaces at schools is well established. Outdoor classrooms are effective for applied science education, inquiry-based learning, physical and emotional health, and brain function. They are also effective at keeping America’s increasingly ‘indoor kids’ in …

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What We’ve Learned Since Katrina

8/28/2015 // By Kelly Wagner

This week, as we neared the ‪#‎Katrina10 anniversary, a federal judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers must pay the full $3 billion cost of restoring wetlands destroyed by the agency’s improper construction and maintenance of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet (MRGO). …