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An American robin visits a heated birdbath during a snowstorm in Smithtown, New York.  Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Elaine Davis.

Don’t Forget Water for Birds in the Winter!

12/3/2014 // By Laura Tangley

Throughout the hot summer months, backyard birders like me faithfully supply all the fresh water our feathered friends need for drinking, bathing or simply cooling off. By this time of year, however, most of us have covered up or put …

The first Duck Stamp, designed by J.N. "Ding" Darling, founder of NWF

Duck Stamp Act Passes Lame Duck Congress

12/3/2014 // By Bentley Johnson

More bucks for ducks!  Wildlife conservation got a win today when the Senate passed the Federal Duck Stamp Act (H.R. 5069).  The legislation simply raises the price of the Federal Duck Stamp from $15 to $25.  This small $10 increase …

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Working to Protect Wildlife at the International Climate Change Conference

12/3/2014 // By David Burns

Over the next two weeks, National Wildlife Federation staff will be blogging from the annual international climate negotiations (COP20 – or 20th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), which opened Monday in Lima, Peru.  In …

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Flora of Wax Lake: Louisiana’s Best-Kept Secret to Coastal Restoration

12/2/2014 // By Maggie Yancey

Read the original post at Delta Dispatch. The Wax Lake Delta, a lush secluded enclave of natural beauty located in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya River Basin, is a hunter’s paradise among many wonders most people wouldn’t expect. The delta is known for …

Soybean plantation: Photo: Tiago Fioreze

The Amazon Soy Moratorium is safe!

11/25/2014 // By Simon Hall

  Despite repeated attacks, the Soy Moratorium in the Brazilian Amazon is safe—at least for a while. This is a huge win, not only for tropical forest conservation, but also for wildlife habitat and biodiversity. Earlier this year, the Brazilian soy …

The Roan Plateau provides important habitat for mule deer and several other species. Photo by John Gale

NWF Helps Score Win for Colorado Wildlife Haven

11/24/2014 // By Judith Kohler

As drilling geared up in the Rockies in the early 2000s, a rallying cry among people worried about the natural gas boom’s effects in Colorado was “Save the Roan!” The “Roan” is the Roan Plateau, a massive, hulking presence in …

Tule elk at Point Reyes National Seashore by Pat Ulrich.

5 Intriguing Behaviors of Rutting Elk (Videos)

11/22/2014 // By Dani Tinker

The elk mating season (the rut) takes place every fall, prompted by shorter day lengths. Males (bulls) breed with a number of females (cows) during this time, and exhibit a few fascinating behaviors. I was disappointed to miss the rut this year, but …

Grizzly bear on the Battle River in Alaska

Weekly News Roundup: Standing up for Clean Water and more!

11/14/2014 // By Linda Argueta

For years, it has been unclear which streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act. This April, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a proposal that would clarify which streams and wetlands …

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Launching A Lawsuit to Protect Wildlife in Minnesota

11/14/2014 // By Guest Author

Minnesota Conservation Federation and National Wildlife Federation joined indigenous and conservation groups in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. State Department to stop the expansion of tar sands through Minnesota without a public review of the impacts to the wildlife …

Photo by Robin Poole.

Wild Bison Find Their Way Home to Tribal Lands

11/13/2014 // By Garrit Voggesser

In the summer of 1999, I spent several weeks, while interning with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), in Yellowstone National Park manning a booth to speak with visitors about the importance of protecting bison. The visitors came from all walks …

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