When I was in college, I spent eight weeks one summer camping outside with and tracking five peregrine falcon chicks near the shores of the Chesapeake Bay — looking out for predators, and observing their transformation as they prepared to fledge. …


Did you know that Florida is globally important for sea turtles?

Florida’s beaches provide nesting habitat for five of the world’s seven species of sea turtles: loggerhead, green, leatherback, Kemp’s ridley and hawksbill, which are all listed as threatened or endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. More than 90%…


We stand at a critical moment in our planet’s fate. Humanity is facing the dual threat of unprecedented biodiversity loss and climate change, with about 1 million plant and animal species at risk of extinction, 75% of the Earth’s land surface significantly modified, 66% of oceans subject to cumulative human…


With a long, tortured history, the leadership of Twin Pines Minerals, an Alabama-based mining company, is known not for its stewardship, but rather its flagrant disregard for environmental safeguards. By polluting the air of local communities in northeast Georgia, killing thousands of fish in Georgia waterways, violating air quality safeguards…


By Jamie Rappaport Clark

Today, as we celebrate Women’s Equality Day and pay tribute to the trailblazers and suffragists of the past who gave us the right to vote, I want to talk about the importance of women to the future of our planet.

When I graduated from college, I…


It’s long overdue, but the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument, one of the largest protected marine areas in the world, located east of the Philippines, may soon have a management plan. …


When wildlife is thriving and nature is in balance, all animals should be born in the wild.

But sometimes that’s not possible. Today there may be fewer than a dozen red wolves left in the wild, all of them in Eastern North Carolina. …


By Mariel Combs and Andres Mejia

It’s August, a time for family vacations before school starts. Americans are flocking to national parks in record numbers, in many cases leading to long lines and overcrowding. Compared to figures from last year, the number of people visiting America’s national parks has increased…


By Jeff Corwin

“I’ve always believed we will not protect what we do not love and cannot love what we do not know.”

There’s no doubt about it: Urgent action is needed to protect nature in North America — the amazing creatures, wild places and natural resources that inspire and…


Renewable energy is an urgently needed and economically viable solution to fight climate change. As the United States and other countries worldwide turn to renewable sources to reduce emissions and move away from fossil fuels, policymakers must consider the impact of renewable energy development on wildlife. …

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