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“It’s my hope that this game will get more young people interested in learning about and protecting birds and their environments.” @adam.dhalla Help Adam, the American Birding Association’s 2018 Young Birder of the Year, build a mobile game about birds, their habitats, and how to protect them! Learn more and support the game at

This , you’ll likely see our national bird, the bald eagle, celebrated as a symbol of our country's history. But you may not remember how close we came to losing this national symbol forever. The bald eagle’s recovery is one of the greatest American wildlife recovery stories. Learn more—link in bio!

The National Wildlife Federation’s Tribal Partnerships Program announced the addition of five Yellowstone-genetic, male bison to the Wind River Reservation from the Fort Peck Reservation, bringing the current herd size to 33 bison. These are the offspring of more than 200 Yellowstone bison previously transferred to the Fort Peck Reservation in 2012 and 2014, marking the third release on Wind River since November 2016.

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Fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund is the critical next step to secure our public lands and wildlife heritage for future generations, National Wildlife Federation President and CEO Collin O’Mara told senators today. O’Mara, who testified before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said permanently reauthorizing the program in February was a historic step, but a half measure to truly keep nature and wildlife within reach for all Americans. “There is no more successful outdoor recreation or land conservation program in the world. … This is a remarkable opportunity to help the program realize its full potential by ensuring that the funding is mandatory,” O’Mara told the committee. “We’re defined by what we leave behind, and this program has done a better job of protecting those places that make America, America than any other thing in our government’s history,” O’Mara later added.

Last week we celebrated the 50th work anniversary of the face of National Wildlife Federation headquarters, Bill Clapper. Bill started working in the mail room on June 13th, 1969, and has been true friend to wildlife ever since. Thank you for all your hard work, Bill!

Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden: A Missouri Adventure at @mobotgarden is a @confedmo and Certified Wildlife Habitat®! More than 95% of the plants throughout this 2-acre site are native Midwest species, providing forage & habitat for a diversity of wildlife, while also providing nature-based “playscaping” ideas and inspiration for home, school, or community landscapes. . . .

The vote by Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) to allow Ohio River watershed states to adopt clean water protections on an optional basis is tantamount to eliminating them. This is devastating news for the people and wildlife—like mussels, belted kingfishers, and American mink—who live along the 981-mile river.

Tomorrow the commission stewarding the Ohio River may vote to make pollution standards only optional, imperiling habitat for wildlife like mussels, American mink, and kingfishers, along with the drinking water for communities across the Ohio River Valley. If you live in one of the eight Ohio River Valley states, please call the governor’s office and urge support for mandatory pollution control standards for the Ohio River! IN Gov. Holcomb (317) 232-4567 IL Gov. Pritzker (217) 782-0244 KY Gov. Bevin (502) 564-2611 NY Gov. Cuomo (518) 474-8390 OH Gov. DeWine (614) 644-4357 PA Gov. Wolf (614) 644-4357 VA Gov. Northam (804) 786-2211 WV Gov. Justice (304) 558-2000

With fangs and claws bared for battle, two tent-making bats have a split-second duel as they swoop toward a banana flower for a sip of sweet nectar.

The movement to unites wildlife champions, outdoor recreationists, and drinking water advocates. Take action this to protect the healthy wetlands and streams that snail kites, great blue herons, and wood frogs call home - link in bio! 📸: Common gallinule, Virginia

You have just one day left to enter your photographs in the 2019 National Wildlife Photo Contest! March 22nd is the last day to submit your stunningly pics.

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Salmon, schools and science! National Wildlife Federation - Oregon & Eco-Schools USA partner with @nwsteelheaders, The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and Spirit Mountain Community Fund to bring @myodfw’s Fish to Fry program to schools across the state and help students become Salmon Stewards and the next generation of conservationists. Watch & join the journey! Tag an educator in the comments to spread the word 🐟.

Happy ! Our Urban Wildlife program ranked America’s 100 largest cities based on their commitment to wildlife-friendly policies, and we’re so excited to honor the nation’s Top 10 Cities for Wildlife: 1. Austin, TX @mayorsteveadler @austintexasgov @tcatexas 2. Atlanta, GA @keishabottoms @atlcouncil @cityofatlantaga @gawildlifefederation 3. Portland, OR @portlandparks @tedwheelerpdx @travelportland @orwildlife 4. Indianapolis, IN @cityofindianapolis @indiana_wildlife_fed 5. Chula Vista, CA @thinkchulavista 6. Cincinnati, OH @john.cranley @cincyparks @city_of_cincinnati @cincynature @CincinnatiZoo 7. Seattle, WA @jennydurkan @seattle_neighborhoods @ConservationNW @visitseattle @seattlemag 8. Charlotte, NC @vilylesclt @CLTgov @ncwildlife 9. Raleigh, NC @mayormcfarlane @raleighgov @ncwildlife 10. Washington, DC @mayor_bowser @dcdpr @earthconservationcorps @visitwashingtondc Thank you for working to make your cities wildlife-friendly!

Happy ! Did you know: Many of the polar bear's physical adaptations help it maintain heat and deal with its icy habitat. The bear's outer layer of fur is hollow and reflects light, giving the fur a white color that helps the bear remain camouflaged. The skin under the polar bear's fur is actually black; this black is evident only on the nose. Polar bears also have a layer of fat below the surface of the skin, which acts as insulation on the to trap heat. This is especially important while swimming and during the frigid Arctic winter. The bear's large size reduces the amount of surface area that's exposed to the cold per unit of mass (pounds of flesh), which generates heat.

“Today’s passage of a bipartisan public lands package, including permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and numerous conservation measures, represents a historic victory for our wildlife heritage and outdoor enthusiasts of every stripe. We urge the president to sign this bill into law posthaste.” – NWF President & CEO Collin O’Mara.

National Wildlife Federation was proud to help the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge surpass its goal, registering 1,040,000 gardens, and partnering with gardeners across the Americas to create networks of gardens to help save pollinators and ultimately our food systems.

All of the Atlantic and Pacific coastal affiliates of the National Wildlife Federation urged the Department of the Interior in a letter today to scrap its forthcoming plan to radically expand unfettered offshore oil and gas drilling along the coasts. The letter, addressed to Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, mirrors the bipartisan and unanimous position of coastal governors from Maine to Florida and Washington to California opposed to expanding oil and gas development on the outer continental shelf.

Louisiana has more than 3 million acres of coastal wetlands and accounts for 40% of the coastal salt marshes in the contiguous U.S. and 80% of the nations coastal wetlands loss. For World Wetlands Day, add your voice to those dedicated to - link in story! 🎬: @restoredelta

Thank you for your segment with NWF Naturalist David Mizejewski and Jack the Bison to talk about our Tribal Lands Partnerships Program to reintroduce this iconic American species back to its historic grassland habitat. Watch the @foxla clip in our story!

Great news! Legislation introduced in the House of Representatives today would protect wildlife and our coasts by blocking offshore drilling. NWF President & CEO said, “The bills introduced today will protect our oceans and marine wildlife — which support tourism, outdoor recreation, and fishing — and contribute billions of dollars of economic impact to coastal communities. We urge the Trump Administration to reject earlier proposals to expand offshore drilling as it finalizes its planned Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.” Bills were introduced by the following lawmakers: @repfrankpallone, @repjoecunninghamsc, @repcarbajal, @repdavidcicilline, @usrepkathycastor, @rephuffman, @repmceachin, and Rep. Elaine Luria. 📸: Sea otter, California. Credit: Betty Bird

From our family of wildlife enthusiasts to yours, Happy New Year! Thank you for all of your support & grateful to have you by our side as we continue our fight for wildlife into 2019. 🎥: Features species helped by campaigns led by the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund, such as kingfishers, burrowing owls, and manatees.

Our Board of Directors and President’s Leadership Council has issued a $1 Million Matching Gift Challenge and will match every dollar you donate before January 1st. That makes you twice as powerful to help polar bears, monarch butterflies, wild bison and other species in peril. Learn more at link in bio.

The woodland caribou is native to Idaho and Alaska. Learn more about this North American species more commonly called “reindeer” during the holiday season. 1. In North America reindeer are also called caribou. 2. Both the males and females grow antlers. 3. Their noses are specially designed to warm the air before it gets to their lungs. 4. Reindeer hooves expand in summer when the ground is soft and shrink in winter when the ground is hard. 5. Some subspecies have knees that make a clicking noise when they walk so the animals can stay together in a blizzard. 6. Some North American caribou migrate over 3,000 miles in a year – more than any other land mammal. 7. Though thought of as a tundra species, a form of caribou lived in southern Idaho until the 19th century (there are ongoing efforts to re-establish them in the state). 8. Northernmost species are much lighter in color than species at the southern end their range. 9. Reindeer have been herded for centuries by several Arctic and Subarctic peoples. 10. The name “reindeer” is of Norse origin (from the old Norse word “hreinn” for deer) and has nothing to do the reins of a sled. The name “caribou” comes to us through the French, from the Mi’kmag “qalipu,” meaning “snow shoveler.” 11. Golden eagles are the leading predator of caribou calves in the late spring and fall. 12. Once the entire of a reindeer was found inside a Greenland shark (most likely a case of near-shore scavenging, as opposed to a migrating land shark).

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