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A sea lion rests on a buoy in between the miles of thick oil slicks. (Photo Credit: Leigh Wyman)

Revisiting the Santa Barbara Oil Spill

6/25/2015 // By Leigh Wyman

Last month, an estimated 101,000 gallons of crude oil spilled on the coastline near Santa Barbara, depositing thick black slicks over the water and pristine strips of Refugio State Beach and El Capitan. These beaches are places I frequent often, …

Greater sage grouse. Photo by Stephen Ting, USFWS

Act Now to Protect the Greater Sage Grouse

6/25/2015 // By Aaron Kindle

The sagelands out West have taken on increasing importance in recent years, especially for sportsmen and women. We travel and enjoy these lands in a variety of ways from interacting with wildlife to spending time with our families. Yet these areas are also …

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Charting a New Path for Yellowstone’s Bison

6/17/2015 // By Kit Fischer

Yellowstone’s bison have faced more hardship and controversy than nearly any other large mammal in America. In the early 20th century, bison were nearly slaughtered to extinction by commercial hunters. The National Park Service estimates that less than 50 wild bison remained …

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Wildlife Bears the Brunt of Big Coal’s Failure to Reclaim Mined Lands

6/9/2015 // By Garrit Voggesser

The era of Big Coal is fading. But coal proponents are still trying to hang on by pushing for new mines and markets overseas, all the while putting off cleaning up their messes in some of our most stunning landscapes and important wildlife …

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Thousands March in St. Paul to Protect Wildlife from Tar Sands

6/9/2015 // By Jim Murphy

As we were just beginning to understand what a momentous day we had ahead of us, a bald eagle swooped over the gathering crowd at Lamberts Landing in St. Paul, Minnesota and then out over the Mississippi River in search …

Tongue River Valley in southeastern Montana

UPDATE: Tongue River Railroad Proposal—Still a Bad Idea

6/9/2015 // By Dave Dittloff

The Surface Transportation Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the proposed Tongue River Railroad. They claim the “proposed rail line may affect, but is not likely to adversely affect” wildlife in the area. …

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Celebrating World Oceans Month

6/8/2015 // By Jenni Lopez

Did you know? June is World Oceans Month! In celebration of our oceans, seas, and bodies of water, we’ve compiled some stunning photos previously entered into the seven categories of our National Wildlife Photo Contest. Baby Animals Mammals Landscapes Birds Backyard …

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Historic Day for Clean Water

6/5/2015 // By Collin O'Mara

Last Wednesday will be remembered among the most important days for America’s natural resources— the day in which Clean Water Act protections were restored for more than two million miles of streams, millions of acres of wetlands, and one-third of all Americans …

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Big Hurdles for Greater Sage Grouse

6/5/2015 // By Hayley Newman

The image of a barbed wire fence stretching across a field of prairie grasses and sage brush has been the inspiration for paintings, poems, and the general allure of the “wild wild west” for decades. However, the vast fencing infrastructure …

Bison by Carol Ayers at the National Bison Range in Montana.

‘Sportsmen for Bison’ Rallies Hunters Around Tremendous Restoration Opportunity

6/3/2015 // By Steve Woodruff

  One of the biggest constituency for wildlife now has an opportunity to benefit one of the biggest game animals: bison. Over the past century, hunters have led the way in restoring and conserving wildlife such as elk, deer, bighorn sheep, …

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