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Weekly News Roundup: August 9, 2013
What’s happening at National Wildlife Federation this week?
- The Secret Life of Gray Foxes : Check out these dazzling photos of the nocturnal gray fox!
- Did you know birds have a great sense of smell? Check out this article, “By A Nose: The Birds’ Surprising Sense of Smell.”
- Polar bears are feeling the heat. Take action and donate to help protect polar bears from climate change.
NWF Taking Action
June 7– Minnesotans of all political colors support closing the locks in Minneapolis to stop the spread of the invasive Asian carp, according to new poll released today by conservation organizations. Support for lock closure crosses party lines, with majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents in favor. Lock closure is one important step in the fight to stop Asian Carp from invading Minnesota’s waterways, including the Great Lakes.
Read the poll and graphic of findings at http://stopcarp.org/
“Our polling indicates that protecting Minnesota’s waters from Asian carp unites Republicans, Democrats and Independents,” said Emma White, senior director at Belden Russonello Strategists, LLC, the Washington, D.C.,-based firm which wrote and administered the poll. “Voters of all political stripes support closing locks on the Mississippi River as a way to prevent Asian carp from moving further upstream into Minnesota’s rivers and lakes.”
Learn more about what NWF is doing to prevent Asian Carp from harming the Great Lakes.
And now here are highlights from NWF in the news:
WeatherChannel.com: In the Hot Seat: 12 Species at Risk from Climate Change
The polar bear has been one of the “faces” of the climate change movement, namely because sea ice, which the animal depends on to feed, breed and travel, is melting, a National Wildlife Federation report states. “As the extent of sea ice has declined, most markedly in the southern portions of their range, so has polar bear body size, reproductive success and survival of cubs.”
Tri-Valley Times : Owl family checks into Burlingame hotel
“They’re pretty adaptive to human structures,” said Beth Pratt, California director for the National Wildlife Federation. “Is it typical for them to be in a busy hotel? That’s a little different from what I’ve seen.”
Portland Tribune: How to attract birds to your garden
If you follow most of the tips here you’ll be well on your way to making your yard eligible for “Certified Wildlife Habitat” by the National Wildlife Federation.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Close locks before Asian carp infestation grows
This morning, a poll will be released in the Twin Cities by the National Wildlife Federation indicating that Minnesotans’ patience has run thin with the glacial pace with which Congress has considered this important matter.
FOX 9 News (Minneapolis): ASIAN CARP: Does Minneapolis need to close its locks?
A poll released by the National Wildlife Federation and other conservation groups said 63 percent of Minnesota voters would support closing locks in Minneapolis to prevent the spread of Asian carp up the Mississippi River.