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With agal outbreaks in Florida and Michigan, read an except from our National Wildlife Magazine (Jan, 2017): “For most of the summer and early fall of 2016, Florida’s St. Lucie River was in the national news—for all the wrong reasons. Long prized as a legendary fishery and biologically rich estuary that flows into the Indian River Lagoon along the Atlantic coast, the St. Lucie was making headlines for being clogged with putrid, toxic algae so thick it resembled guacamole. And the St. Lucie wasn’t alone. To the west, parts of the Caloosahatchee River also flowed green, sickened with algae. Its waters feed into Pine Island Sound, Florida’s second largest estuary and home to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge as well as some of the nation’s best sport fisheries for species such as tarpon, spotted seatrout and red drum.” Find link in our story to read more! #algae #Florida #toxicalgae #fish #estuaries #nationalestuariesweek #nationalwildlifemagazine


"As part of its ongoing efforts to promote diversity, the National Wildlife Federation convened its second annual Women in Conservation Leadership (WCL) Summit in March near the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. More than 330 women from 120 partner organizations and government agencies came together for the three-day event to share experiences, support common goals and discuss the barriers they face in attaining leadership positions. “Empowering women is a key part of strengthening the conservation movement,” NWF President and CEO Collin O’Mara told the group at the opening session, where he brought his young daughter (pictured). “The Federation is committed to investing time and resources into this critically important work.”" - Excerpt from National Wildlife Magazine - link in bio & story. #conservation #inclusion #conservation #womenlead #wildlife #nationalwildlifemagazine


In 2015, developers installed the foundations of America’s first five offshore wind turbines off the coast of Rhode Island’s Block Island. Now, just three years later, this underwater structure is teeming with new life. Mussels, fish, and other organisms have made their homes around the bases of the turbines, which provide clean energy to 17,000 Rhode Island homes. National Wildlife Federation advocates for the responsible development of offshore wind power as a clean energy solution capable of drastically reducing our reliance on carbon-polluting fossil fuels – and we work to ensure that the highest standards of wildlife protection are in place every step of the way. On Monday at 4pm ET we will be leading a tour of the Block Island Wind Farm – watch our story to see how NWF supports wildlife-friendly clean energy alternatives like offshore wind! #offshorewind #blockisland #mussels #fish #nature #ocean #wildlife #cleanenergy #renewableenergy #carbonfree at Block Island Wind Farm


One year ago, the National Wildlife Federation and Paul G. Allen’s @vulcanproduction asked students ages 9-18 to help find the next big idea that could make a material difference for African elephants. Ben Radke, age 12, from Ozark, AR, came up with the winning idea, “Elephant Pride and Bus Rides.” Radke recently returned from his all-expense-paid trip to Botswana. While there he met Naledi, the famous orphaned elephant who was featured in Naledi, One Little Elephant, a documentary film, and inspired the contest. Radke’s parents reported that spending time with the elephants and their caretakers was an unforgettable learning experience and he has now gained a completely new interest in photography and storytelling. Ben says the experience was, “The best days of my life! The whole thing was amazing and unbelievable. Getting to be close to the elephants was amazing and getting to touch them or being touched by them was super-amazing!” We now know that we are losing 96 elephants a day, or 25,000 to 30,000 annually. Data from Paul Allen’s 2016 Great Elephant Census found that we have lost 30 percent of the African savanna elephant population in less than 7 years. Learn more about Ben’s trip and how you can bring conservation classroom activites to your school – link in bio! 🐘 Special thanks to @officialpaulallen @elephantscount @aidanrgallagher @lauraturnerseydel & #JungleJackHanna #EveryElephant #elephantscount #Naledi #conservation #elephants #Botswana


After plucking a long-stemmed flower from an alpine meadow, this plump pika scampered to a perch and nibbled away, devouring the entire snack bottom to top. “There was nothing left,” says Don Jones, who was lucky enough to catch the action through his lens. A veteran wildlife photographer who specializes in big-game species, Jones had been photographing elk in a crowded national park in Alberta, Canada, when he decided to grab some quiet time with smaller creatures. “I was hoping for some alone time,” he says. “It’s like detox, getting away from everyone and having fun with these little critters.” His quest to find pikas paid off when this cooperative little guy showed up for lunch. Jones has had many unforgettable moments with wildlife during his 25-year career, but feels most gratified when people say they appreciate nature more after seeing his work. “I feel empowered when I hear that,” he says. “These animals have given me a lot. I want to give something back.” Excerpt from National Wildlife Magazine. #pika #photographer #wildlifephotos #canada #wildlife #donaldmjones #NationalWildlifeMagazine #NaturesWitness


North America’s greatest diversity of hummingbirds is found along the U.S.–Mexico border. Southeastern Arizona alone hosts up to 15 different species during the migration season, which peaks from early April through late September, making southeastern Arizona a hotspot for hummingbird researchers. These days, much of that research focuses on the potential effects climate change may have on the birds. Like most wildlife, hummingbirds have long faced the dangers posed by habitat loss and fragmentation. Yet many experts now consider climate change to be the leading threat to these much beloved birds—known to John James Audubon as “glittering fragments of the rainbow.” Hummingbirds’ biology makes them particularly vulnerable to climate change. Weighing little more than a few dimes stacked together, a hummingbird is about as small as an animal can be and remain endothermic (or “warm-blooded”)—capable of maintaining a stable body temperature independent of the surrounding environment. Their small size means hummers have limited tolerance for high-temperature extremes. During heat waves, they can be forced to seek shade rather than foraging for food. Excerpt from National Wildlife Magazine. #hummingbirds #climatechange #conservation #birds #Arizona #wildlife #NationalWildlifeMagazine


Tail clutching a knobby arm of fan coral, this pygmy seahorse—no bigger than a fingernail—perfectly matches the color and pattern of its chosen hideout some 90 feet below the sea in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographers Dan and John Cesere battled strong currents to capture this rare and remarkable portrait, a labor of love they call Sweetheart. “In nature,” says Dan, “there’s more than meets the eye—if you take the time to look.” Excerpt from National Wildlife Magazine. #camouflage #seahorse #indonesia #coral #photos #wildlifephotos #nwphotocontest #NationalWildlifeMagazine 📸: @ceserebrothers


In March, National Wildlife Federation and @beesponsible announced the launch of ‘Don’t Kill My Buzz’, a social advocacy campaign aimed at reversing the decline of bee populations and promoting bee-friendly, pesticide-free gardening and conservation efforts. The partnership was inspired by last year’s decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to add the first bumble bee (the rusty patched bumble bee) to the endangered species list as part of the U.S. Endangered Species Act. This was a big step for pollinators, as insects are underrepresented on the endangered species list. Want to help us protect native bees? For each #dontkillmybuzz + Beesponsible tag, Beesponsible will donate $1 to our wildlife-friendly gardening programs. Tag your friend below and ask them to "beesponsible"! Read more at the link in our bio 🐝 #beesponsible #bees #bumblebees #rustypatchedbumblebee #wildlife #garden4wildlife


A cougar sips from a stream in Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Like all monuments, it was created in large part to safeguard the region’s spectacular biodiversity. Monuments play a critical role providing habitat corridors for animals such as cougars that need to move across the landscape to find water, food or mates. In terrestrial habitats, many species’ survival depends on moving with the seasons to find food, yet human development has decreased wildlife’s ability to migrate across the landscape. “Especially in the West, monuments provide critical migration corridors that will become even more important as climate changes and development increases,” says former NWF public lands fellow Sara Cawley. Oregon’s Cascade–Siskiyou National Monument, for instance, protects a narrow, high-elevation biological corridor between the Cascade Range and the Klamath–Siskiyou mountains for species such as the Pacific fisher. Excerpt from National Wildlife Magazine. #conservation #nationalmonuments #publiclands #cougars #biodiversity #Arizona #cascadesiskiyou #sonorandesert #organpipecactus #NationalWildlifeMagazine


Even without road mortality, many turtle populations are declining as habitat is fragmented or destroyed. “Some of these,” says John Kleopfer of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (@virginiawildlife), “are what we call ghost populations, made up of old turtles just hanging on with little or no recruitment.” Bog turtles of the eastern United States are one example. “There are several sites throughout their range where researchers are just finding the same old adults year after year, with no evidence of hatchlings and subadults,” says Kleopfer. “With consistent losses, they’ll reach a breaking point and crash.” What can be done? In addition to alerting drivers with “turtle crossing” signs, there’s a move to design safe passages to steer the reptiles away from danger. A 2012 fencing project in Massachusetts that kept turtles off a heavily trafficked road reduced mortality there by 90 percent. And researchers are testing new fence and tunnel designs to lead turtles to safety. Such knowledge will help biologists develop more-effective turtle-saving tools. Excerpt from National Wildlife Magazine. #turtles #conservation #virginia #turtlecrossing #passageways #bogturtle #NationalWildlifeMagazine


In partnership with @beesponsible, we’re excited to share three ways for you to help bees and other pollinators in your backyard and community! •🐝• You can spread the word about the decline of many bee species with your friends. Tag a friend below with the hashtag #dontkillmybuzz to get them involved! Also, each time you use the hashtag – @beesponsible donates $1 to our wildlife-friendly gardening programs. •🐝• Ask your city council to pass a Beesponsible Proclamation to draw attention to unite in saving bees! •🐝• Ask your town’s parks department to create a public, bee-friendly garden at a local library or town hall! •🐝• Learn more about how to be a BEEadvocate by reading our blog – link in our bio!


Bees are an incredibly important group of wildlife. The service they provide by pollinating both our agricultural crops as well as wild plants is critical for our food supply and for maintaining healthy ecosystems upon which all species, including us, rely. But, how much do you actually know about these industrious insects? Take our Beesponsible quiz (link in bio ⬆️) and find out! Here’s a hint for one of the questions: Long-horned bees + squash bees do not live communally 🐝 For more information on @Beesponsible, how you can help bees, and how to participate in a fun social media campaign to support the National Wildlife Federation’s work including the Garden for Wildlife program, visit and follow @Beesponsible on social media. #bees #beesponsible #gardens #garden4wildlife #insects #pollinators #quiz #wildlife #squashbees #honeybees #bumblebees #masonbees #longhornedbees #sweatbees #nests #facts #wildlifefacts #spring #nature #TuesdayThoughts

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