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Belted Kingfisher

Is That Sushi Safe, Kingfisher?

5/11/2015 // By Stacy Small-Lorenz

If you love paddling, swimming or just walking along the banks of creeks and rivers like I do, you are probably familiar with the head-turning chatter of the Belted Kingfisher as it flies upstream, making its way between streamside perches.  …

A stream in Mount Rainier National Park. Photo: NPS/Crow Vecchio

7 Reasons to Protect America’s Waters

5/1/2014 // By Lacey McCormick

The Administration has published a proposal to restore Clean Water Act protections to America’s most vulnerable streams and wetlands. Unfortunately, this proposal is already coming under attack from the mining industry and others unwilling to take responsibility for polluting and …

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 …

Blue Crab

More Pollution for Chesapeake Blue Crabs?

2/17/2014 // By Jane Kirchner

After showing signs of a big comeback, blue crab numbers in the Chesapeake Bay are plummeting. This crustacean with sapphire-tinted claws is very sensitive to environmental and habitat changes—and officials were disappointed to see their numbers drop by more than 60% …

Contaminated groundwater. Photo courtesy Earthworks.

Tribes Demand Responsible Mining and Clean Water

1/15/2014 // By Tony Turrini

This week, leaders and environmental staff members from eight tribes and tribal organizations are flying to Washington, D.C. to ask the Obama Administration to address a problem that impacts us all.  Mining companies are discharging huge quantities of untreated, toxic waste …

Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Barbi Martinson.

Five Great Lakes Species Facing a New Threat from Big Oil

9/19/2013 // By Jane Kirchner

The Great Lakes are the world’s largest surface freshwater ecosystem and their waters and shoreline areas provide habitat for a breathtaking array of wildlife. But with a recent increase in oil surging through aging pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac …

Deji Akinpelu

From Playing in the Garden to Environmental Scientist

6/28/2013 // By Carla Brown

College student Deji Akinpelu has been spending time in nature and learning how to save the planet with National Wildlife Federation for most of his life – get inspired by his story!

Lake Erie Sunset. Photo by Flickr user Jesiehart.

Great Lakes Fish Say “Go Plastic Free” in July: 6 Tips

6/27/2013 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

In the final days of June, the heat is on. During these dog-days of summer, many folks will take the opportunity to cool off in a nearby swimmin’ hole. Americans value clean rivers, lakes, and reservoirs—83% worry a “fair amount” …

Tribal Member

Honoring the River

4/25/2013 // By Tony Turrini

Everyone knows that mining can be a dirty business, but it turns out that mines are particularly bad news for tribal communities. For more than a century, American Indians and Alaska Natives have suffered the impacts of mining while enjoying …

Image: Flickr/jroldenettel

Arizona Mine Threatens Endangered Jaguar

1/3/2013 // By Nic Callero

There are very few Jaguars left in the United States, which explains why recent photographs taken by Arizona Game and Fish using motion sensor trail cameras are causing such a stir. Jaguars are the third largest species of cat after lions …

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