Polar Bear Mother and Cubs

How NOT to Save Endangered Species

You wouldn’t turn off the firehose during a five-alarm inferno.So why are some of our elected officials moving to eliminate lifesaving protections for some of our country’s most threatened and endangered species — even as scientists worry about mass extinctions on the horizon? 1The threat to endangered species We’re already in the middle of the worst extinction crisis in 65 million […]

An oiled turtles, following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster

Expanded Offshore Drilling Threatens Wildlife

Do you love our oceans and marine wildlife like sea turtles, whales, and dolphins? If so, you need to know about the Trump Administration’s plan 1 to dramatically expand drilling off America’s coasts.The plan is a backwards-looking proposal that could spell disaster for thousands of our most beloved and imperiled animals off our Atlantic Coast 2 — to say nothing of […]

Bald Eagle (USFWS)

Do we still need the Environmental Protection Agency? Absolutely.

We’ve all been there. A casual dinner conversation turns to politics. Soon, a debate is raging — and we’ve lost a chance for a meaningful conversation about the issues that matter most.Polls suggest that Americans are deeply divided on a range of issues [1] — and it’s easy to understand why so many of us are hesitant to bring up […]

2018 White House Budget: Bad for the environment

More than 45 years ago, America made a commitment to a cleaner, greener future when Congress and then-President Richard Nixon brought the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) into existence.The EPA has since become our nation’s most important champion for the clean air and water, wildlife, and wild places that make the US so special.The Trump Administration’s 2018 budget plan — released […]

In defense of ugly food and an end to food waste

It may not pretty, but it’s a common sense way to protect the environment. It’s “ugly” food — and if more retailers sold it (and more customers like us bought it), we could reduce wasted food and water and curb the use of pesticides that hurt wildlife.  Food waste is what’s really ugly — and environmentally harmful Right now, 10 percent of […]

Bears Ears National Monument: Newly Established and Imperiled

I envy Ryan Zinke.Zinke heads the US Department of the Interior, and last week he toured Bears Ears National Monument, one of country’s newest national monuments. [1]During the tour, Zinke had the chance to visit ancient and sacred Native American sites. He could take in the monument’s stunning vistas and awe-inspiring geological and historical features. And he may even have […]

Safeguarding Our National Monuments

Do you have a special spot where you’ve returned year after year to camp with your friends and family? A beach where your children first dipped their toes in the ocean? A scenic view where you first realized the enduring beauty of nature?We all have places that hold special meaning for us — and our nation is no exception.In 1906, […]

America’s Wolves Face an Uncertain Future

These are precarious times for America’s gray wolves.Wolves were once hunted and trapped to near extinction in the continental US, but healthy wolf populations can again be found around the Great Lakes and in the Northern Rockies. [1]Trucked from Canada, wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the mid 1990s after being nearly hunted and trapped to extinction in […]

After Pro-Science and Climate Action Marches, What’s Next?

You’ve signed the petitions. You’ve seen the marches. And you’ve read the inspiring — and often hilariously clever — protest signs.Thanks to you and millions of nature-loving Americans across the country, 2017 has seen a dramatic surge in regular people speaking out to safeguard clean air and water and preserve our precious wildlife and wild places.This past weekend, hundreds […]

The Great Monarch Massacre (and What You Can Do to Stop It)

Growing up in south central Kansas in the 1980s, I used to marvel at the elegant beauty of the monarch butterflies each spring as they migrated north.Sometimes I’d sit motionless in the tallgrass prairie, quietly hoping one would choose to rest on my outstretched hand. More often, though, I’d race after these black and orange-winged butterflies, laughing as I tried […]