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TPWD Wildlife Biologist collecting a Royal Tern on the east beach in Galveston. Photo: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Consequences of Texas City “Y” Oil Spill Continue to Surface

4/4/2014 // By Amanda Fuller

The March 22 oil spill that occurred in the Houston Ship Channel moved out into the Gulf and traveled south over the last several days. After hitting the shores of Matagorda Island late last week, oil has now been reported on […] Read more >

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Hatchery-raised Fish Cause Concern, Raise Need for More Research

4/3/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

A new study, recently released in the journal Aquaculture, highlights concerns that hatchery-raised trout appear to be slower than wild trout, making them more susceptible to predation once released. Scientists from Washington University have compared hatchery-raised and wild trout in […] Read more >

Mallard duck coated in oil, March 2013 (via Arkansas HAWK Center)

A Year After Mayflower Disaster, an Oil Spill at Every Turn

4/1/2014 // By Annie Mackin

A year ago, residents of a quiet suburban neighborhood in Mayflower, Arkansas, watched in horror as heavy, toxic tar sands oil poured out of a burst pipeline, across their yards and into their street, covering everything in black muck and […] Read more >

Skunk by Rolland Gelly.

In the Wild, It’s Survival of the Trickiest

4/1/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Animals have some crazy tricks up their sleeves, and it’s all a matter of survival. Species must adapt special skills for protection and food, and in the process they often leave other animals completely fooled. That Stinks A few familiar […] Read more >

Photo by Chase A. Fountain, courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Weekly News Roundup: The Latest on the Galveston Oil Spill and More

3/28/2014 // By Anne Goddard

The Latest on the Galveston Bay Oil Spill Over the weekend, 168,000 gallons of toxic oil spilled into the Galveston Bay. A Kirby Inland Marine oil barge collided with a cargo ship, shutting down The Houston Ship Channel, and spilling as much as 4,000 barrels […] Read more >

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Constance Parry.

Remembering Exxon Valdez

3/27/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

Twenty-five years ago, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez crashed into a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Eleven million gallons of oil contaminated over 11,000 square miles of ocean and shoreline. In just the first few days, the death toll […] Read more >

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Governors Must Take a Stand Against Tar Sands

3/26/2014 // By Carol Oldham

Citizens, towns and organizations have taken a stand against tar sands oil, the climate polluting oil-of-last-resort from Canada that Exxon Mobil and Enbridge want to bring into Northern New England’s pristine back country and waterways. Now it is time for […] Read more >

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Will Coal Exports Hurt Salmon and Orcas in the Coming Years?

3/25/2014 // By Kassie Rohrbach

Chinook salmon are expected to return in record numbers this month up the Columbia River, a good sign of the effective conservation measures that government, businesses and organizations have taken since fish counts began in 1938. This is good news not […] Read more >

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Red Wolves: an Endangered Species in Peril

3/24/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

Near the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the heart of the five county Albemarle Peninsula, there is a federal wildlife refuge called Alligator River. With more than 152,000 square acres, the wetland refuge is home to countless species, but […] Read more >

Bicknell's Thrush. Photo by Steve D. Faccio (Vermont Center for Ecostudies)

You’re Invited: Retirement Party for the Portland-Montreal Pipeline

3/20/2014 // By Annie Mackin

NWF recently released documents showing the company that owns the Portland-Montreal pipeline estimated its pipes to have a 60-year life span. We did the math: The pipe built in 1950 passed its projected retirement date in 2010. So we’d like […] Read more >