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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

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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!

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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 Beesponsible.com 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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As human development consumes habitat, wild creatures either disappear or learn to live near people. The most widely distributed carnivores, red foxes are so adapted to urban areas that they are flourishing in close proximity to people. Here's how to keep the neighborhood healthy for humans and foxes: 1. Secure garbage, clean up fallen bird seed, and don't feed pets outdoors. 2. Don't fear foxes but enjoy them from a respectful distance. 3. Respect fox family time. Foxes aren't aggressive but can be protective parents. Keep pets and children away from the den. (Content sample from NWF’s #nationalwildlifemagazine) #fox #backyardwildlife #urbanwildlife #wildlife

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A giant swallowtail butterfly gets a sip of nectar in a Texas backyard habitat. -------------------------------------------- “Seeing wildlife in our yards is a great indicator of the health of the local environment. In fact, the ongoing health of our communities is directly linked to the health of the wildlife with which we share our backyards, towns, and cities. Quite literally, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat, depends on healthy local wildlife and the natural spaces where they live,” says Mary Phillips, Senior Director of Garden for Wildlife. “When you make simple changes to your outdoor spaces – from whole landscaped areas to a few planters – you are create stepping stones that help reconnect habitats for wildlife across the country.” Anyone, at any age, anywhere can participate in Garden for Wildlife Month with almost immediate positive results for wildlife. Participants can take an active role in potentially doubling the number of diverse local wildlife, while increasing the natural spaces within their communities. But that’s not all: Natural green spaces reduce urban temperatures, reduce water runoff and pollution, and provide a healing connection to nature. #Garden4Wildlife #butterflies #gardens #gardening #greenspaces #wildlife #outdoors #habitats #plants

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Abundant fall and winter rains after years of drought transformed California's Anza-Borrego Desert State Park into a floral paradise last spring, when an eruption of wildflowers, or "super bloom," carpeted the ground for as far as the eye could see. During 35 years as a garden photographer, Saxon Holt had never seen a super bloom until this one, an unforgettable experience. "What made it exciting was not only the quantity of individual flowers but the number of species going off at the same time" - from shrubs and perennials to ephemeral wildflowers that arose after years of dormancy. Among them, these yellow desert sunflowers and purple sand verbenas caught his eye. To capture this scene despite the harsh midday light, Holt lay on his belly and used a telephoto lens to blur the foreground and distance, leaving on the central blooms crisp. "This creates a window and a sense of intimacy, as if peeking into a scene," he says. "You honor the flower by getting down to its level." (Content sample from NWF’s #nationalwildlifemagazine) #anzaborrego #wildflower #wildflowers #superbloom #photography

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Speckled with morning dew, a tiny anole peeks over the lip of a pitcher plant, creating a vivid portrait. "He just went in and out, like he was going to sleep in there," says Anne Grimes, who watched the lizard from a photography shed she built in her North Carolina backyard. The yard is a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat, where Grimes tends ponds and plants that nurture native wildlife. "It's a photographers' paradise," says Grimes. "But I spend more time watching than taking pictures." (Content sample from NWF’s #nationalwildlifemagazine) #anole #pitcherplant #lizard #gardenforwildlife #garden4wildlife #certifiedwildlifehabitat #photography

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“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” challenges teachers and students to propose climate solutions and take part in shaping our climate resilient future. For #EarthDay, we’ve teamed up with @Participant & @caafoundation to ask teachers and students to enter their best climate solution ideas. Your school's project could be funded up to $20,000, so make sure to enter the challenge by April 22! “Jeff Skoll founded Participant Media based on the principle that every citizen can play a role in leading change. We are especially focused on inviting young people to get involved,” said Holly Gordon, Chief Impact Officer for Participant. “This program brings together youth, innovation, creativity and leadership - all vital ingredients to a sustainable future of peace and prosperity.” Grants will be awarded to projects that are well-researched, outcome-oriented, planned, communicated, well-promoted and evaluated. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of National Wildlife Federation staff and the top proposals will be determined by external judges. Click on the link in our bio ⬆️ to enter the challenge; download the Watch Kit; use the lesson plans and activities in Teach, Learn, Act; and get a list of climate action and resilient community projects to help develop the best ideas for your school or community! #BeInconvenient #inconvenienttruth #climatechange #climateaction #earthday #actonclimate #science #STEM #sciencematters

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Insect decline is bad news for all animal species, including us humans. "We need insects. Nearly 40% of all animal species on Earth are herbivorous insects. They convert plants into food, in the form of themselves, for all other species." Here are a few ways you can love the bugs in your yard. 1. Learn to see insect activity in your yard as a positive sign of a healthy ecosystem. 2. Have your soil tested, plant the right plants for your soil and region, and make sure they have enough light and water because healthy plants are better able to fight off pests. 3. Become familiar with the insects in your yard, both good and bad. 4. Boost the beneficial insects in your yard because they’ll help control garden pests for free. 5. Attract birds to help control the pests. (Content sample from NWF’s #nationalwildlifemagazine, 📸: @claybolt) #insect #insects #bugs #gardenforwildlife #garden4wildlife #wildlife

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Grassland birds like the bobolink, whose numbers have been cut in half over the last 40 years, have seen their habitat on native prairie and pasture converted to cropland and destroyed. The federal mandate to blend ethanol into our gasoline has been a disaster for wildlife species—encouraging and subsidizing the destruction of these vanishing ecosystems. The GREENER Fuels Act offers solutions to help prevent habitat loss and bring bobolinks and other native birds back to the landscape. How? The act would reduce the amount of fuel produced from crops, like corn and soybeans, which have taken over millions of acres of bobolink habitat. Also, the legislation would establish a new fund to support U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s work with landowners to protect habitat on their land, and restore habitat that has been lost. The bobolink, the monarch butterfly, and so many other beloved American species can no longer wait. You can tell Congress today to support the GREENER Fuels Act (H.R. 5212/S. 2519) and protect the grassland habitat bobolinks depend on for future generations -- link in bio. #bobolink #monarchbutterfly #grassland #ethanolmandate #grasslands #renewable #fuels #ethanol #rfs #wildlife #conservation #habitat #takeaction

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Bees need our help. That’s why we’ve partnered with Beesponsible to shine a light on declining bee populations and to empower people everywhere to take action to help bees thrive. After you learn six ways you can help bees thrive, please share how you plan to help bees below with your #dontkillmybuzz post and tag @beesponsible. They’ll donate a dollar for each one to support our programs such as our bee-friendly garden efforts. Learn more at our blog – link in bio ⬆️ #bees #garden #gardening #nativeplants #pollinators #garden4wildlife

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s repeated ethical lapses in judgement that undermine the credibility of the Environmental Protection Agency (@epagov) and have rendered him unfit to serve. As a bipartisan, science-based, and collaborative organization, this is not a decision that we come to lightly. We steadfastly support the Environmental Protection Agency’s mission to protect human health and the environment. Mr. Pruitt’s financial entanglements with lobbyists and his repeated indiscretions have disqualified him from being able to fulfill the Agency’s mission. The American people simply cannot have confidence that he will act in the best interest of the nation. Call your Senator today to urge them to call to for Scott Pruitt’s removal or resignation – link in bio. ⬆️ #wildlife #epa #pruitt #cleanwater #cleanpowerplan #methanerule #cleanair #ethanolmandate #sciencebased

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