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Female alligator in Louisiana

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 …

Great Egret, Ardea alba. Photo by Rodney Cammauf, National Park Service

American Wetlands Month in Review: Trouble for the Everglades

5/29/2015 // By Jessica Ritter

This May marks the 25th anniversary of American Wetlands Month – an opportunity to celebrate the critical ecological and economic importance of wetlands for the country. Wetlands improve water quality, serve as a first line of defense against flooding, and …

Meadowlark

Protecting Migratory Birds Requires Focus on Habitat

5/8/2015 // By Dani Tinker

This year, a team of educators and biologists came together and decided International Migratory Bird Day should focus on habitat restoration. Habitat loss and degradation are major threats to migratory bird populations. To protect the birds, we must restore the …

National Wildlife Week: Banks of “America’s Forgotten River” Become Home for Bald Eagles

3/9/2015 // By Jessie Yuhaniak

Earth Conservation Corps, NWF’s District of Columbia affiliate, has been hard at work restoring the wetland and riparian habitat along America’s “forgotten river,” the Anacostia, at Diamond Teague Park.  Over the last few years, work has been conducted to control …

Weekly News Roundup: Happy 79th Birthday to the National Wildlife Federation!

2/6/2015 // By Linda Argueta

It all started in 1936 when our founder, Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling, had a vision of a federation promoting conservation interests, encouraging social diversity and demanding action from Congress. Many years later, the National Wildlife Federation has blossomed into America’s …

American Avocet

Why Chicks Need Potholes

2/6/2015 // By Jane Kirchner

I find this strange to say, but I want more potholes. Not the failure-of-asphalt kind that wreak havoc with cars. I want more of the kind Mother Nature makes, the ones that beautiful shorebirds like the American Avocet use to …

An egret in flight over the Bombay Hooke National Wildlife Refuge. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Kim Taylor.

6 Wildlife Facts for World Wetlands Day

2/2/2015 // By Maggie Yancey

Forty-four years ago on February 2, 1971, on the Caspian Sea, a group of forward-thinking world leaders gathered to set-forth a framework for international cooperation to conserve the world’s wetlands. This day, World Wetlands Day, is a significant reminder of the boundless value …

spoil banks in inundated wetlands

A Bird’s Eye View of Coastal Erosion

11/14/2014 // By Kelly Wagner

Each day I pass an egret on the way to work that lingers in the watery ditches in my town. It amuses me that this elegant bird seems to give little concern to the cars that are passing within ten …

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (M. Murray)

Planning for Climate Change in Michigan Coastal Wetlands

11/4/2014 // By Michael Murray

How will Great Lakes coastal wetlands fare in a changing climate? It is clear that coastal areas may be subject to a diverse set of impacts, ranging from warmer water temperatures, significant water level changes, generally decreased ice cover, and increased spring storm events.

Headwaters of the Little Blackwater River. Flickr photo by Ken Sturm/USFWS.

Dirtying the Clean Water Act

6/27/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

The scene in the House Natural Resources Committee room was tense. The Subcommittee on Water and Power was holding a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Water Rule, but by the sound of things the subcommittee was preparing …

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