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Monarch chrysalis by Avelino Maestas.

A Visual Journey Through the Monarch Life Cycle

9/5/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Monarch butterflies have been in the news quite a bit recently, due to their rapid decline. In order to find ways to help, it’s essential to first understand the life cycle of monarchs. When adult monarch butterflies migrate from their overwintering grounds […] Read more >

Soybeans enjoying warmer soils thanks to no till and cover crops.

Myth Busted: Cover Crops and Soil Temperatures

9/4/2014 // By Ryan Stockwell

We’ve all probably heard the old fact that cover crops result in colder, wetter soils. It seems this myth has been around amazingly longer than cover crops themselves. It is likely an extension of another long-held “truism” that no till […] Read more >

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Take Action for Wild Bighorn Sheep at Risk

9/3/2014 // By Jane Kirchner

Right now, bighorn sheep who make their home in the mountains running through Idaho and Montana are at risk of disease transmission from domestic sheep grazing at a U.S. Department of Agriculture research facility in Idaho. For wild bighorn sheep, transmission of disease […] Read more >

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Gulf Coast Oysters in Peril

8/20/2014 // By Amanda Fuller

If you’ve ordered Gulf oysters at a restaurant this summer, then you’ve noticed their prices have gone up. Way up. The decline of Gulf oysters has been a top headline in Gulf Coast papers recently. Last week, the Associated Press […] Read more >

Transporting tar sands through Vermont would directly threaten the moose, fish and birds that rely on clean water to survive. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Marin Packer.

Climate Change Really Bugs Wildlife  

8/19/2014 // By Mollie Simon

Who doesn’t love spotting a moose in the wild? Or the satisfaction of a successful garden harvest? Or catching a fish on a beautiful summer’s day? These outdoor experiences are fundamentally important in our lives but are being threatened by […] Read more >

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Win for Wildlife: Oregon Rejects Coal Exports

8/18/2014 // By Kassie Rohrbach

In a landmark decision today, the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) rejected a necessary permit for Ambre Energy’s Morrow Pacific coal export project along the Columbia River.  This historic decision deals a severe blow to Ambre Energy’s struggling proposal and marks […] Read more >

An osprey seen flying over the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, followed by a black tern. Photo Credit: Ken Sturm, USFWS

Exploring the Missisquoi River – What’s at Stake from a Tar Sands Spill in Vermont?

8/15/2014 // By Annie Mackin

On a lazy August afternoon in the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, the wide river flows under gently bobbing white and yellow water lilies, around easily missed turtles basking on rocks, past watchful tall herons, and narrows on its way out […] Read more >

Weekly News Roundup: Fighting for Brown Bears and more

8/15/2014 // By Linda Argueta

Alaska’s Bristol Bay, which is home to brown bears and the largest runs of salmon in the world, might be at risk according to the National Wildlife Federation. Mining organizations are proposing the creation of the Pebble Mine, an immense […] Read more >

Porcupine in Wyoming by Joan Saba.

5 Drama Queens of the Animal Kingdom

8/15/2014 // By Courtney Hyde

As anyone who has ever watched reality TV can attest, drama is a natural and inescapable part of life. Even wildlife isn’t safe from the siren song of melodrama. Here are five species that could star on the Real Housewives […] Read more >

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Surprising Similarities: What’s Going on in YOUR Backyard?

8/15/2014 // By Guest Author

By Kim Kurki, author of World of Birds: A Beginner’s Guide Did you ever think of hummingbirds and woodpeckers as similar? Until recently, I didn’t. Where I live in Eastern North America, Ruby-throated hummingbirds have been lapping up nectar from […] Read more >