August, 2014

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

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, …

Weekly News Roundup: Fighting for Brown Bears and more

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 …

brown bear with salmon

A Mine Here? We Can’t Bear It

Every summer, brown bears gather in the pristine waterways of Alaska’s Bristol Bay to catch wild salmon swimming upstream to spawn. But soon, this vast habitat area that is home to …

Porcupine in Wyoming by Joan Saba.

5 Drama Queens of the Animal Kingdom

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 …

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

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 …

Nearing the Home Stretch, Offshore Wind Power Needs Our Focus More than Ever

Each state’s road to tapping its offshore wind power potential is marked with its own unique set of hurdles. As a Massachusetts native, I have been hearing the back-and-forth on …

A Tale of Three Butterflies: Endangered Species and the Everglades

Can you imagine a place where alligators and crocodiles live side-by-side? It isn’t a fairytale: it is America’s Everglades! The historic Everglades ecosystem once encompassed 11,000 square miles. Home to …

Toxic Mining Waste: Just Moments from a Disaster for Wildlife

When I saw footage last week of a tailing dam collapse at Mount Polley Mine, my immediate thought was of the Chino Mine near my hometown of Silver City, New …

Opportunity is Growing on America’s farms

I live in a big city now, but I grew up in a small town. Farms and rolling fields, pastures and paddocks, corn and combines. Those were the good ol’ …

For the Love of Fish: The Problems of Blooming Algae and Mass Death at Sea

The current blue-green algal bloom in Lake Erie that forced the city of Toledo to not have drinking water for several days and the massive red-tide algal bloom off Florida’s Coast that …

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