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California Drought Spurs Dangerous Attack on Endangered Species Act

2/4/2014 // By Beth Pratt

Right now, all anyone can talk about in California is the drought. Our snowpack is at 12 percent of normal levels, our reservoirs resemble drained bathtubs, and our rivers are slowing to a trickle in places. While few seem ready […] Read more >

A group of Magellanic Penguins, Flickr photo by Chris Pearson

Penguin Chicks are Dying in a Changing Climate

2/3/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

The life of a Magellanic penguin is hardly idyllic. They contend with predators like sea lions, declining food sources due to overfishing and the constant threat of oil spills in their South American habitat. But now, they are facing a […] Read more >

Osprey photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Kim Taylor in Alexandrai, VA.

Is the Seahawk a Real Bird?

1/31/2014 // By Dani Tinker

My hometown is Portland, Oregon. We do not have a professional football team. I’ve always cheered for the Seahawks, but it took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out that they are real birds. Commonly known as ospreys, these […] Read more >

A pair of monarch butterflies in Rockland, Maine, fueling up for the trip south. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Gordon Brown.

Monarchs Face New Threats, Losses Along Migration Route

1/31/2014 // By Linda Argueta

The monarch butterfly has always been the most popular, recognizable and well known species of its kind. With its stunning bright orange wings and black and white markings, these butterflies bring smiles to people across the United States during their […] Read more >

Snowy owl, like Hedwig, from National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest entrant Kim Leblanc.

How to Enjoy Owls in Winter (or Anytime)

1/29/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Owls have been in the spotlight recently, from the DC snowy owl to the Colbert Report. They are incredible and elusive creatures. Here are some ways you can experience and learn about owls first-hand this winter. Go on an owl […] Read more >

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Hire a Certified Wildlife Landscaping Professional

1/29/2014 // By David Mizejewski

Do you want to attract more birds, butterflies and other wildlife your garden, but don’t know where to start? National Wildlife Federation is excited to announce a brand new program designed to help you. Two of the biggest requests we’ve […] Read more >

A ruddy duck in Henry’s Lake, Idaho. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant John Gerlach.

5 Ways the New Farm Bill is Good for Wildlife

1/28/2014 // By Lara Bryant

The 2014 Farm Bill is closer than ever to becoming law; yesterday, House and Senate Agriculture committee leaders agreed on a final version of the farm bill that is a good compromise between the different versions of the farm bill […] Read more >

Peregrine Falcon, Flickr photo by USFWS

Arctic Birds Suffering in A Changing Climate

1/27/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

North in the Arctic, there is a mystery unfolding. Populations of birds have entered into a sharp and rapid decline, leaving scientists scrambling to understand just what is happening. As Ed Struzik for Yale’s Environment 360 reports, both the birds […] Read more >

Snowy Owl in Washington DC

Snowy Owl Sighting in Downtown DC

1/24/2014 // By Kristin Johnson

Today brought another rare sighting of a snowy owl in downtown Washington, D.C., this time on the Washington Post building at the corner of 15th and L St. N.W. (Any votes for renaming it the Owl Post?) The news sparked […] Read more >

Moose foraging in late winter. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Bill Gorton.

Tar Sands in our Tanks? Tracing Extreme Energy on its way to New England

1/23/2014 // By Annie Mackin

So far, New England has remained virtually free of the extreme, polluting form of energy known as tar sands. Less than 1 percent of our fuel comes from the viscous, tarry, carbon-intensive substance that must be strip mined or steamed […] Read more >