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Since 1900, Puget Sound Chinook salmon populations have declined 93% and nine runs of Chinook have gone extinct. Orca whales, which eat primarily salmon, have declined by half. Source: Minette Layne/WikiMedia Commons

The Latest Dirty Coal Threat to Endangered Orcas

10/2/2013 // By Jane Kirchner

As another proposal for a massive coal export terminal in the Pacific Northwest barrels through the review and approval process, officials are hearing a force of voices from across the region warning of threats to the environment, wildlife and important […] Read more >

We tossed together a quick little Certified Wildlife Habitat in a parking spot in front of our National Advocacy Center in downtown Washington D.C. for Park(ing) Day.

Wildlife Get a (Temporary) Home in DC for Park(ing) Day

9/19/2013 // By Kara Reeve

A couple of months ago I had this idea to convert a parking space in front of National Wildlife Federation’s office into a temporary Certified Wildlife Habitat ® in downtown Washington DC.  I had seen the parklets that Casey Trees, […] Read more >

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 […] Read more >

An Orca breaches near Washington State's San Juan Islands (photo: TheGirlsNY/flickr.com)

Continuing the Fight to Save Orcas in the Pacific Northwest

8/29/2013 // By Jane Kirchner

Today, less than 90 orcas live in Puget Sound.  Known as Southern Resident Orcas, these cetaceans rely on salmon and other fish for their primary source of food.  The population is not stable, dipping down by 30% over the last […] Read more >

Since 1900, Puget Sound Chinook salmon populations have declined 93% and nine runs of Chinook have gone extinct. Orca whales, which eat primarily salmon, have declined by half. Source: Minette Layne/WikiMedia Commons

Video: The Beautiful Life of Orcas

8/29/2013 // By Jane Kirchner

Yesterday a friend sent me this three minute video of orca whales traveling through a pass near Vancouver Island.  It is so beautiful and such a rich glimpse into how orcas live, right along the Pacific shoreline.  It made my afternoon — sparkling deep blue […] Read more >

2013 People's Choice Award Winner

2013 People’s Choice Award Winner

8/12/2013 // By Rachel Stemen

Congratulations to our 2013 People’s Choice Award winner, Jennifer Kohlman, whose photo of a lion received over 2,600 votes in the public voting final round! Also, a big “thank you” to everyone who shared their photos in our 43rd annual […] Read more >

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Six Animals That Can’t Believe You Haven’t Voted Yet

8/8/2013 // By Rachel Stemen

Did you know that this is the last week of voting for the People’s Choice Award in the 2013 National Wildlife Photo Contest? These animals can’t believe you haven’t voted yet. …And if you have voted, did you know that […] Read more >

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Endangered Species Designation Offers Diamond Darter a Chance to Shine On

8/7/2013 // By Kelly Senser

The diamond darter (Crystallaria cincotta), a tiny fish that has faced serious threats, will now be protected under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced late last month. The diamond darter’s protected status will take effect […] Read more >

Should Martinez be called "The City of Industry" given it's hardworking beaver residents? (Photo Worth A Dam)

Celebrating one of Nature’s Greatest Engineers: The Martinez Beaver Festival

8/6/2013 // By Beth Pratt

People line the small footbridge bridge that crosses Alhambra Creek in downtown Martinez, eagerly scouting the water for a look at the city’s star attraction. One young girl starts pointing excitedly at the water and exclaims, “I see bubbles! I […] Read more >

A Kemp's ridley hatchling crawls towards the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: National Park Service

Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles Scramble to the Sea

8/5/2013 // By Ryan Fikes

Ever think the closest you might get to seeing a baby sea turtle would be watching Finding Nemo?  Well, during the summer in South Texas, hatchling releases at Padre Island National Seashore allow visitors to watch the sea turtle hatchlings […] Read more >