Jane Kirchner’s Archive

American avocet

Will Migratory Birds Win at the Polls in the Golden State?

With their long, upturned bills and striking coloration, avocets are a striking migratory bird that depend on the Golden State’s wetlands. However, pollution and contaminants in California waterways dampen successful …

Make the Right Choice for Birds, Bass and Butterflies

From golden-winged warblers to Chatahoochee bass to monarch butterflies, Georgia’s wildlife depend on protected and abundant forests, waterways and parks to survive and flourish. By voting YES for Amendment 1 …

eastern tiger swallowtail caterpillar

Plan Next Year’s Staycation Garden Safari

Why go on a safari when a safari could come to you? Imagine yourself sipping lemonade on your lawn chair while strange and marvelous creatures entertain you. This is what …

red wolf

Call to Action For Red Wolves: “We Cannot Turn Our Back on a Native Species”

There are fewer than 40 red wolves left in the wild—freely roaming the forests and marshes of eastern North Carolina.  Almost 20,000 Americans sent messages calling on the U.S. Fish …

coho salmon

Wild Salmon Should Unite Us

People in the Pacific Northwest and beyond have been fighting over dams on the Snake River since the last of the floodgates closed in 1975, when the region’s wild salmon …

red wolf

Red Wolves: A Species on the Brink of Extinction in the Wild

Once one of the few apex predators to roam the U.S. Southeast, wild red wolves are now close to extinction. A smaller, reddish-colored version of their cousin, the gray wolf, …

red fox and kit

15 Small Ways to Make a Big Difference for Wildlife

There are simple choices we can make in our everyday lives and small things we can do to make a big difference for all wildlife that we care about. You …

bison - American Prairie Reserve

Giving Bison More Room to Roam on the American Prairie

The American Prairie Reserve is working hard to build the largest nature reserve in the continental United States—and is currently proposing to restore wild bison on 250,000 acres of wild …

sea otters

We Almost Lost the Southern Sea Otter—Will We Act in Time for Other Wildlife at Risk?

A sea otter cub sleeps in the embrace of its mother. The rocking waves in the kelp bed and the mother’s constant grooming are soothing. Above them on California’s coastal …

Eastern spotted skunk

The Mystery of the Spotted Skunk

The species of skunk that literally stands on its front paws when threatened is quickly vanishing from its historic range across our central, eastern, and southern states. Known to be …

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