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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

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 Faulkner

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 Faulkner

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-Bergstrom

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 >

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A Mountain Lion in Hollywoodland: Does Los Angeles Appreciate Its Wild Animals?

7/29/2013 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

National Park Service biologist Jeff Sikich stands among a stand of chaparral and mountain mahogany on the edge of a parking lot adjacent to the famed Griffith Observatory. People casually walk or jog by, consider the decidedly science fiction like […] Read more >

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San Francisco Airport Marriott Gives a Hoot for Barn Owls

7/9/2013 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Last year a guest at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront reported a rather unusual visitor to hotel management. People staying at the hotel expect views of the San Francisco Bay from their rooms, but they didn’t anticipate opening their […] Read more >

Snorkeler comes face to face with a jellyfish. Photo by Bill Lamp'l. 2012 National Wildlife Photo Contest winner.

National Wildlife Photo Contest Category Spotlight: Connecting People With Nature

7/9/2013 // By Rachel Faulkner

Connecting people with nature is an important part of our mission here at NWF—and it is also one of the seven categories in our annual National Wildlife Photo Contest. The requirement in this category is to show people interacting with […] Read more >

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From Playing in the Garden to Environmental Scientist

6/28/2013 // By Carla Brown

College student Deji Akinpelu has been spending time in nature and learning how to save the planet with National Wildlife Federation for most of his life – get inspired by his story! Read more >