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Legislation unveiled by @senatortomudall of New Mexico and @repdonbeyer of Virginia lays out an innovative strategy to address the ongoing fragmentation of wildlife habitat from climate change and man-made barriers. The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act would create a national program for maintaining wildlife migrations, movements, and wildlife corridors to ensure that wildlife will face fewer struggles to reach food, water, shelter and breeding sites. “America’s wildlife are in crisis. More than one-third of all species at-risk or vulnerable to potential extinction in the decades ahead and fragmented migration corridors are only accelerating this problem,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “It’s essential that as America grows and invests in roads, dams, bridges, housing developments and energy infrastructure that new barriers are minimized and mitigated to ensure that wildlife can still move across essential habitat. We’re thankful for Senator Udall and Representative Beyer’s leadership on this issue to protect and retain wildlife habitat while restoring and re-connecting critical wildlife corridors.” #wildlifecorridors #wolverine #migration #wildlife #habitat #barriers #extinction #species #endangeredspecies #corridors #wildlifecrisis #infrastructure #leadership #congress

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Thank you for all of the generosity in support of our #Trees4Wildlife #GivingTuesday campaign! Learn more at the link in bio #GivingTuesday #Trees4Wildlife

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Today is #GivingTuesday - You can help us reach our goal of 12,000 #Trees4Wildlife. Every $10 you donate equals one native tree planted. Learn more at the link in bio #GivingTuesday #Trees4Wildlife

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#GivingTuesday is the perfect time to support America’s cherished wildlife by donating a native tree for wildlife. Every tree you give will be planted and cared for by schools and communities, nurturing wildlife—and restoring their habitats—for years to come. Your gift will help us reach our goal of 12,000 #Trees4Wildlife this Giving Tuesday. Learn more at the link in bio. #givingtuesday #trees4wildlife

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On a lek in Montana, a male sharp-tailed grouse seeks a mate. "The decline in grassland birds is equally stark. According to a report by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, roughly a third of all North American grassland bird species are in steep decline, mainly due to habitat loss. Before the land-conversion boom, North Dakota, for example, had more than 3 million acres of CRP land, according to R.J. Gross, an upland game biologist with North Dakota Game and Fish. Today the state has only about 1 million acres, he says, and that decline has corresponded to a steep drop in the harvest of ground-nesting game birds such as sharp-tailed grouse and pheasants. “You can’t blame farmers. They have to make a living,” says Gross. “But take away the grasslands and it’s tough for birds to survive.” Learn more about the challenges facing the wildlife of the Prairie Pothole Region - link in story! #grouse #conservation #agriculture #prairiepothole #birds #northdakota #conservation #wildlife

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Founded in 1914 by Aldo Leopold—then a young federal forester and eventually one of the nation’s greatest conservationists—the group now called the New Mexico Wildlife Federation (NMWF) became one of NWF’s first state affiliates in the late 1930s. “Ever since, it has been an incredibly powerful ally in our work, particularly on public lands issues,” says Lew Carpenter, NWF Rocky Mountain director of conservation partnerships. Today, with some 80,000 members, @nmwildlifefed is the state’s largest and most influential sporting organization. Its long list of accomplishments includes helping New Mexicans secure protection for 2 million acres of public lands and restore populations of elk, bighorn sheep and pronghorn. It also was the catalyst behind successful efforts to establish the state’s two newest national monuments: Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks (above). “We’re focusing a lot of our work these days on connecting young people with nature,” says NMWF Communications Director Susan Torres. One program exposes Hispanic youth to New Mexico’s wild places and cultural heritage. Another teaches fly fishing to veterans to help them decompress from combat experience. “All New Mexicans deserve an equal opportunity to explore and enjoy the great outdoors,” says Gabe Vasquez, NMWF director of community relations. - Excerpt from National Wildlife Federation #newmexico #newmexicowildlife #NMWF #aldoleopold #affiliates #rockymountains #publiclands #elk #bighornsheep #pronghorn #newmexicans #veterans #youth #fishing #outdoors

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Thank you for joining us for American Red Wolf Week! Remember, the conservation story doesn’t end here. There are plenty of ways you can help this threatened species along its recovery journey. @ArkansasState #SaveRedWolves #EveryRedWolfCounts Read more on our blog: http://natwild.life/continuing-conversation. . . Photo credit: DJ Sharp / USFWS

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Arkansas State University (@arkansasstate) is a proud player in the race to save #redwolves from extinction. The University has helped to raise awareness about the plight of the critically endangered species. Additionally, it is working to incorporate red wolf ecology into its biology curriculum, specifically through the official red wolf repository in its Center for Biodiversity Collections (@arbiocoll) and its proposed red wolf conservation center in Jonesboro, AR. Watch our story & click the link in our bio to learn more! #everyredwolfcounts #saveredwolves . . . Photo by USFWS / Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

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It’s important to protect this American creature in its natural habitat. Share a photo of you in your best #RedWolf gear with the hashtag #EveryRedWolfCounts. We’ll choose our favorites - top 3 get Red Wolf plushies! Watch our story to see how the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s recovery program helped red wolf pups born in captivity to find foster families in the wild. (This Contest is not affiliated with Instagram)

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Happy American Red Wolf Week! We’re partnering with Arkansas State University to share the plight of the #RedWolf, an American species in dire need of help. Watch our story this week to see how we’re working to #SaveRedWolves. #EveryRedWolfCounts PC: Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

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Andrew Black, National Wildlife Federation public lands field director, interviewed veteran and outdoorsman Eric Gonzales about how public lands protected by the Land and Water Conservation Fund have given him a "great sense of peace, healing, & wholeness". Q: What does the Land & Water Conservation Fund and public lands mean to you? Eric: “As Americans, there are many things we can be proud of when it comes to who we are as a nation. One of the great benefits of our country is the incredible access to our nation’s public lands. Many people don’t realize that the Land and Water Conservation Fund is one of America’s most successful programs and provides funding for outdoor recreation through increased access and opportunity on America’s public lands, supports local parks and trails, restores rivers and watersheds, and protects key wildlife areas. As veterans we share a strong connection to the outdoors and we fought not only to protect our communities, but also access to our public lands that serve as places of healing, peace, and recovery. The Land and Water Conservation Fund not only helps provide essential access to the lands I regularly hunt and fish, but also funds many of our nation’s historic battlefields, including revolutionary and civil war battlefields, the 9/11 Flight 93 memorial in Pennsylvania and Fort Union in my home state. Unfortunately, on September 30, Congress let this fund expire, which is a tragic mistake that will have serious impacts on our communities, sportsmen, and our nation’s veterans.” #veteransday #publiclands #veterans #LWCF #elk #colorado

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Tribes are leading the way in buffalo conservation by restoring bison to western tribal lands, their historic habitats. Today is the first day of the historic first Tribal Buffalo Conservation Summit, where tribal herd managers and bison experts will share their successes. Representatives from dozens of other tribes that want to bring buffalo back to their lands are coming to learn and be inspired. On the last day of the Summit, tribal members will celebrate National Bison Day at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge with songs, ceremonies, and tributes. Learn more about National Wildlife Federation - Tribal Lands Partnerships Program and our role in assisting with buffalo conservation by watching our video – link via story! #bison #buffalo #conservation #triballands #western #habitat #nationalbisonday #tribalpartnerships #wildliferefuge #summit #wildbuffalo #denver at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

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