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A bison surveys the herd from a ridge in Yellowstone's Hayden Valley.

Adopt an Icon of the American West: Help Bison Today

12/9/2013 // By Avelino Maestas

For America’s bison, 2013 has been a pretty good year. And really, 2012 wasn’t too bad either. But for an animal with a history as profoundly sad as the bison’s, one good year (or even a couple) can be a […] Read more >

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5 Memorable Bear Celebrities

12/5/2013 // By Gretchen Pierce

Ranger Rick’s Bear-a-thon, our weeklong celebration of all things bears, is still going strong! The fun continues today with a journey through bear history and a look at five of our favorite famous bears. Some of these bears inspired us […] Read more >

A brown-headed nuthatch, one of the studies indicator species. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Virginia Senechal.

Bioenergy and Biodiversity in the Southeast: Like Speeding in a Crowded Neighborhood?

12/5/2013 // By Ben Larson

The street to my house goes through a school zone and our neighborhood is full of kids. I have a school-aged daughter myself. I pride myself on being a safe driver. I try to look carefully and slow down. Of course […] Read more >

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5 Myths About Bears

12/3/2013 // By Gretchen Pierce

We’re celebrating all things bear this week with Ranger Rick’s Bear-a-Thon! We were shocked to discover that there wasn’t already a day or week devoted to all the different kinds of bears, so we instituted Ranger Rick’s Bear-a-Thon to correct that […] Read more >

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Moose Mortality: A Ghostly Tale

11/13/2013 // By Mary Price

I am presenting for your listening ears and wondering eyes a tale most disturbing. It is a tale that will leave your skin crawling and your mind racing every time you step in from the outdoors. Fitting to the fall […] Read more >

A manatee swimming warm shallow water
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Toxic Algae: Florida’s Manatees in Crisis

11/8/2013 // By Daniel Hubbell

While “red tide” may sound like a biblical catastrophe, it is simply an unusual bloom of a common alga—karenia brevis—that turns saltwater a rust color.  While not supernatural this algae is not harmless, as it includes a neurotoxin called brevetoxin. […] Read more >

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Is the Oil Spill Affecting the Gulf’s Sperm Whales?

11/2/2013 // By Lacey McCormick

A sick and severely emaciated adolescent female sperm whale was found beached on the Florida coast near Tampa on Halloween. After the necropsy, officials said there were indications of an infection in the abdominal cavity and a large of amount of […] Read more >

A bat approaches an agave branch in Sonoita, Arizona. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant John Hoffman.

10 Reasons You Should Love Bats

10/31/2013 // By Guest Author

Lets face it, bats get a pretty bad rep. Many times in the media they are portrayed as scary, blood sucking, rabid creatures. Only about 1% of bats are believed to carry the rabies virus. And quite a few species can be pretty darn cute! Read more >

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Which Animal has the Loudest ROAR?

10/29/2013 // By Dani Tinker

Animal Planet’s ROAR campaign is highlighting NWF and other non-profits working to help animals. At the end of the campaign, Animal Planet will identify one organization for having the ‘loudest roar,’ and we think our supporters and online community can […] Read more >

Box Turtle (Photo by Brian Hefele)

Sleeping Animals that are as Shutdown as the Government

10/11/2013 // By Danielle Brigida

While our government is still hibernating, I wanted to highlight some fascinating ways wildlife “shutdown”. 8 Random Facts About Animal “Shutdowns” 1. Eastern box turtles spend nights concealed in a shallow depression in soil or leaf litter. They not only sleep and […] Read more >