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Weekly News Roundup: Mascot Madness, National Wildlife Week and More!

3/14/2014 // By Anne Goddard

Spring Awakening In late March or early April, a warm rain will fall and spotted salamanders will emerge from underground in the evening to return to vernal pools to breed. This phenomenon is known as “Big Night,” and it’s a […] Read more >

Rebecca Brown, left, poses with DOI Secretary Sally Jewell with the Washington Monument in the background. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann/DOI

DOI Secretary Jewell Meets the Future: the Next Corps of Conservationists

3/11/2014 // By Judith Kohler

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell sees fostering the next generation of conservationists as a priority.  In a speech last fall, Jewell said it’s critical to establish meaningful connections between young people and the outdoors for “the health of our economy and […] Read more >

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Weekly News Roundup: Whitfield Bill Prioritizes Polluters Over Wildlife and More News

3/7/2014 // By Anne Goddard

The Final Countdown The proposed Keystone XL pipeline could significantly harm America’s treasured wildlife and wildlands. Join NWF in calling on President Obama and Secretary Kerry to reject Keystone XL. The decision is in their hands—this pipeline will harm wildlife and exacerbate […] Read more >

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

House Casts a Climate Vote and Wildlife Takes a Hit

3/7/2014 // By Larry Schweiger

Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted to undermine common-sense protections for America’s wildlife and public health. 223 members cast their vote supporting a bill dubbed the Polluter Protection Act, which would directly undermine the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to reduce […] Read more >

Empire Bluff from the south. Flickr photo by Jim Sorbie.

Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes Gains Wilderness Protection

3/6/2014 // By Bentley Johnson

When you think of walking along a sandy beach at dusk with waves lapping at your feet, watching the sun dip below the horizon, you’re probably not picturing somewhere in northern Michigan.  But that is exactly the scene I was […] Read more >

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Major Losses for Wildlife if Keystone XL is Approved

3/5/2014 // By Kassie Rohrbach

There are only two days left to tell President Obama and Secretary Kerry that they must deny the Keystone XL pipeline. Need a quick refresher why Keystone is not in the national interest?  Check out this graphic NWF put together. Share […] Read more >

Striped dolphins observed in emulsified oil on April 29, 2010. Credit: NOAA.

Will the RESTORE Act Actually Restore the Gulf of Mexico?

3/4/2014 // By Amanda Fuller

Despite what BP wants you to believe, the Gulf oil spill is not over. Scientists continue to learn more and more about the ongoing impacts of the disaster on dolphins, loons, sea turtles and other wildlife. In Louisiana alone, BP […] Read more >

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Sara Lopez.

EPA Acts to Protect Salmon from Pebble Mine

2/28/2014 // By Tony Turrini

In tremendous news for salmon, wildlife, and people who prize solitude, spectacular scenery, and outdoor recreation, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced it will initiate a formal process under the Clean Water Act to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay from […] Read more >

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Eilish Palmer.

4 Animals Explain Why the Keystone XL Pipeline Would be Terrible

2/28/2014 // By Lena Moffitt

The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would carry heavy, toxic tar sands oil thousands of miles from Alberta, Canada down to the Gulf Coast in Texas. The pipeline is very important to the expansion of the tar sands production, and […] Read more >

Intensive plantation forestry, among other land uses, appears as a dense mixture of forest loss (in red) and regrowth (blue) in the Southeastern U.S. Screen capture from GFW.

A Revolutionary Tool to See Forest Change – In Your Neighborhood or Anywhere Else on Earth

2/26/2014 // By Ryan Sarsfield

Last Thursday a coalition of partners including the World Resources Institute, Google, the University of Maryland, and many others released an astounding tool to view the changes in the world’s forests, and it’s available for free to the public. Many […] Read more >