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The Future is Today!

10/21/2015 // By Samantha Lockhart

Bad news for all those procrastinators out there: the future arrived today. That’s right – in 1989, director Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future II hit theatres across the country and recaptured America’s imagination with the story of a teenage …


Protecting Home for Wildlife in the Arctic

10/16/2015 // By Abby Barber

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the largest, wildest and most pristine refuge in the entire National Wildlife Refuge System. It harbors many wildlife species, especially during the short summer months, thanks to a diversity of habitats including tundra, rivers, …

caribou on the Arctic Coastal Plain

Renewed Arctic Refuge Drilling Push By Alaska Governor

10/15/2015 // By Adam Kolton

NWF Seeks Permanent Protection for Imperiled Coastal Plain As we continue to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week, the pristine wilderness of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (the subject of our newest report), is under threat from onshore oil and gas development. …

The London Mine in Colorado's South Park is an old inactive mine that is polluting a nearby creek. Photo by EcoFlight

Hardrock Mine Pollution: Environmental Hits Just Keep Coming

10/13/2015 // By Judith Kohler

The fouling of the Animas and other rivers by 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater from an old inactive gold mine in the Colorado mountains in August was dramatic and disturbing. Yet that’s just the beginning. “I wasn’t surprised that …

Help sandhill cranes and other wildlife by stopping the Keystone XL pipeline. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Daniel Ruf

Reject KXL Before Threat of More Destruction to Habitat and More Wasteful Expenses

10/12/2015 // By Guest Author

TransCanada announced that it has given up an effort to obtain approval for a route through Nebraska for its proposed Keystone XL pipeline using a Nebraska state law that is likely unconstitutional. Instead, TransCanada will ask the state’s Public Service …

Least tern family. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Ursula Dubrick

Least Terns: Life 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 …

monarchs on goldenrod

Postcard from Cape Monarch

10/9/2015 // By Stacy Small-Lorenz

Crossing the Delaware Bay on my way to New Jersey yesterday, migrating monarchs were flying past the ferry, and I was lucky enough to land at the same time as a cloud of these guys descended upon the dunes of …

Elk. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Steve Perry

Meet Five Species Counting on the Greater Sage-grouse

10/6/2015 // By Meg Morris

Wind blows across the vast open space, sweeping the sweet scent of sage through the air. A herd of pronghorn swiftly move across the landscape, stopping now and then to feed on grasses and shrubs. Large eagles and falcons swirl …

Pilot Mountain State Park, North Carolina

A Low Point for Protecting Wildlife and Wild Places

10/2/2015 // By Guest Author

September 30, 2015 will go down as a low point in the history of the conservation movement in the United States of America. Congress allowed the Land and Water Conservation Fund to expire. The Land and Conservation Fund was created …