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

Austin, Texas Creates Habitat for the Declining Monarch Butterfly

8/3/2015 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

The City of Austin, Texas sits at a critical migration point for the monarch butterfly. In the spring, Austin is one of the first places in the U.S. that the monarch stops to lay its eggs on milkweed, so the next …

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Camp Beneath the Southern Pines

7/27/2015 // By Tiffany Woods

There are things in this life of which I’m certain: I love summer, I love to camp, and I love living in and exploring the southeast. However, the combination of these matters leaves much to be desired when the humidity, …

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New Outdoor Childcare Regulations Enacted in Texas

7/14/2015 // By Allen Cooper

We have a new policy leader in early childhood environmental education: The Texas Workforce Commission. That’s right. This spring, following behind the scenes advocacy by National Wildlife Federation and our partners at Natural Start Alliance, the Texas Workforce Commission approved precedent-setting regulations …

Dolphins. Photo credit: NWF

BP Settlement: $18.7 Billion for the Gulf

7/7/2015 // By Jessica Ritter

Last Thursday, as Americans were stocking up on fireworks for Fourth of July festivities, Gulf Coast residents had something else to celebrate. Five years and two months after the devastating Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Justice Department and the five Gulf …

Fracking in North Texas: A Local Perspective

7/1/2015 // By Guest Author

“Fracking,” short for a method of extracting gas or oil from the ground called hydraulic fracturing was not in my vocabulary when I moved to Denton, Texas in August of 2011. I soon grew an affection for the town, and …

Another variety of milkweed. Photo: Brooke Randolph

Helping Pollinators One Garden at a Time

6/29/2015 // By Brooke Randolph

As a passionate gardener, I believe all gardens, open fields, and community habitats can be made sustainable using native plants to help wildlife. Wildlife rely on native plants for food, cover, and as places to raise their young. Because of the declining …

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Get Outdoors Louisiana-Style

6/24/2015 // By Kelly Wagner

New Orleans is a popular travel destination, but if you stick to the city, then you miss a big part of what makes Louisiana’s Mississippi River Delta so amazing: the marshes and the swamps surrounding the city. Sadly, those rich and beautiful …

A dolphin swimming in oiled waters, 2010, in Barataria Bay, La. Photo: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries/Mandy Tumlin.

Deepwater Horizon Oil Caused Gulf Dolphin Deaths – Study

5/21/2015 // By Lacey McCormick

A new study has conclusively determined that oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster contributed to the unusually high number of dolphin deaths in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama between June 2010 and December 2012. Deaths in these states remain elevated, five years …

Participants get ready to head to the airport on the last day. What a great weekend! Photo by Eriqah Williams

HBCU NWF EcoLeaders Advance Their Environmental Leadership Development

5/4/2015 // By Eriqah Vincent

During the weekend of April 10-April 12, 2015, nine Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students and one HBCU alumnus came together in Atlanta for our first National Wildlife Federation EcoLeaders HBCU Student Environmental Leadership Development Training. This effort, an …

First School in Texas to Earn National Award for Sustainability Initiatives!

4/3/2015 // By Marya Fowler

Congratulations Small Green Tech Academy! Clint Small Middle School’s Green Tech Academy located in Austin, Texas is modeling the way for other schools to go “green”! Since opening in 1999, the middle school has been highly involved in outdoor education, …

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