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An oil barge, Flickr photo by the Gulf Restoration Network

New Oil Spill Fouls Mississippi River

2/25/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

On Sunday, an oil barge travelling down the Mississippi River collided with a tugboat, spilling more than 31,000 gallons. Thankfully no one was hurt, but a 65-mile stretch of the river, and the entire port of New Orleans, had to […] Read more >

This photo of bald eagles was donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Myrna Erler-Bradshaw.

Bald Eagle Cam: Watch Decorah Eaglets Grow Up Live

2/24/2014 // By Dani Tinker

We are gearing up for a third year of bald eagle nest spying. The eagle cam, courtesy of the Raptor Resource Project, is a unique opportunity to witness bald eagle hatchlings grow up. Current Status Feb. 23, 2014: First egg laid […] Read more >

Barges sit along the Mississippi River near the confluence of the Missouri River.

Shortsightedness Leads to Decline of River Habitat

2/14/2014 // By Kelly Wagner

America’s mightiest river, the Mississippi River, cuts through the middle of this country for more than 2,350 miles, providing habitat for hundreds of fish and wildlife species, but humans have attempted to control this scenic river for their own gain—often […] Read more >

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Study: Deepwater Horizon Oil Causes Heart Damage in Tuna

2/14/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

A new study has found that a chemical in oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill causes irregular heartbeats in bluefin and yellowfin tuna that can lead to heart attacks, or even death. The researchers believe that similar impacts […] Read more >

A pilot whale breaking the surface of the Atlantic. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Emily Brigham.

Dangerous Waters: More Pilot Whales Stranded in Florida

1/23/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

UPDATED BELOW On January 22nd eight short-finned pilot whales died near Fort Myers, Florida and another six whales are unaccounted for. Pilot whales are normally deepwater creatures, and can become easily stranded in shallow coastal waters. Unable to escape and […] Read more >

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Gulf Coast Wetlands Rapidly Declining

1/8/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

The Gulf of Mexico is losing more wetlands than anywhere else in the United States and it is losing them more rapidly than ever before, according to a new federal report that assessed the status of wetlands in the United […] Read more >

New App Can Save a Whale in the Southeast

12/28/2013 // By Kelly Wagner

Quick reporting can help save an animal’s life, but trying to find the right helpline to report injured wildlife is not always as easy as it seems. A new app on iTunes, Dolphin & Whale 911, will now make it […] Read more >

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The Toll on Gulf Oysters

12/21/2013 // By Ryan Fikes

It is small and slimy, and goes down easy with a little lemon. But the oyster isn’t just a treat for seafood lovers; these humble bivalves play an essential role in the ecology of the Gulf. An adult oyster can […] Read more >

A dolphin is observed with oil on its skin on August 5, 2010, in Barataria Bay, La. Photo: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries/Mandy Tumlin.

Study: Dolphins In Oiled Areas of Gulf “Very Sick”

12/18/2013 // By Lacey McCormick

A new peer-reviewed study makes the strongest case to date that the oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster is harming dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico. As part of the official investigation into impacts of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, a […] Read more >

A brown-headed nuthatch, one of the studies indicator species. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Virginia Senechal.

Bioenergy and Biodiversity in the Southeast: Like Speeding in a Crowded Neighborhood?

12/5/2013 // By Ben Larson

The street to my house goes through a school zone and our neighborhood is full of kids. I have a school-aged daughter myself. I pride myself on being a safe driver. I try to look carefully and slow down. Of course […] Read more >