Drew Youngedyke

Drew YoungeDyke is the Communications Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center and an avid bowhunter, backpacker, trail-runner and kayaker.

Deer and Elk Need Funding and Research to Fight Chronic Wasting Disease

Sensational headlines and snake oil won’t stop the spread of CWD: it will take scientific research into how it’s spread and funding for strapped state wildlife agencies trying to manage it.

WILD Act Conserves Sea Turtles, Fights Poaching and Invasive Species

Sea turtle hatchlings scamper to the surf, hoping to be one of the few to make it through a gauntlet of natural predation that doesn’t end when they reach the …

Annual Bald Eagle Survey Celebrates 40 Years

Bald eagles hold a special place in the pantheon of American wildlife. In addition to being a national symbol, they are also one of our greatest conservation success stories. And …

How the Land and Water Conservation Fund Supports Trail Running

My forefoot strikes dirt, my toes push off and the other foot follows suit. Prairie grasses brush my shins as I run the Bloody Knife Trail up a hill above …

Saginaw Bay Fishing Highlights Need to Stop Asian Carp

The planer board bobbed on the gently rolling waves, then jerked sideways as its flag dipped in the blue water. Fish on! I reeled steady and slow and the walleye …

Sportsmen Discuss Wildlife Recovery with Congresswoman Dingell

On a rainy Friday in February, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) met with leaders of conservation and hunting organizations and key staff with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at the …

What’s on the Horizon for the Great Lakes in 2018?

The Great Lakes region: vast, iconic, and awe-inspiring. From the largest inland freshwater seas in the world filled with fish, lined with isolated islands and rock cliffs where eagles perch …

When Our Water Turns Green

It wasn’t Chicago, and it wasn’t St. Patrick’s Day. In mid-September 2017, Toledo’s Maumee River turned a bright green, matching the western Lake Erie it empties out to, carrying the …

The Asian Carp Gauntlet

In June, the discovery of a live silver carp just nine miles from Lake Michigan sent shock-waves through the Great Lakes community. It also renewed calls from Great Lakes lawmakers …

Don’t Let Weakened Ballast Water Protections Stow Away in Coast Guard Bill

The bi-national 2017 State of the Great Lakes report analyzes nine factors affecting the Great Lakes to gauge their overall health. Eight of the analyzed categories were either improved or …

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