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A Victory for Bees

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced it will resume data collection for its annual Honey Bee Colonies report.1 This news comes after the USDA cut honeybee research earlier this summer. While the temporary suspension will leave a gap in this year’s data, we are thrilled that the USDA has listened to our message and decided not to discount honeybees. Your […]

bee on a white flower (photo: Pixabay user leswhalley, No rights reserved)

Tell your Governor: Be a Bee-Friendly State

Last year alone, there was a nearly 40 percent decline in the honeybee population.1       Bees need safe, healthy habitat to survive. Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation are among the major causes of colony collapse disorder.2 As native vegetation is replaced by roadways, neighborhoods and crop fields, bees lose the food sources and nesting sites they rely on. That’s why we’re asking our governors […]

Bristol Bay (Photo: Richard Price, Unsplash)

Protect Bristol Bay from this harmful open-pit mine

We need to protect Bristol Bay. Its lush green landscape of wetlands and blooming tundra may soon be torn apart for a mine.       Bristol Bay is wild and worth protecting. Just as the Army Corps of Engineers closed the public comment period, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that the proposed plan is far worse than previously thought, and that the Army […]

August’s Thneed Trophy goes to: Exotic animal cowboy boots

Wrapping a threatened species around your feet doesn’t exactly evoke the bucolic “home on the range” There’s something very American, even very back-to-nature, about cowboy boots.  Sure, cowboys helped destroy much of the Plains’ ecosystem, and even today, some of them oppose restoring grasslands for the bison who once roamed them.  But one of the most enduring images of America — admired worldwide […]

Wolf in Minnesota (Photo: Derek Bakken via WikiMedia, CC 2.0)

Take action to save Washington wolves

Washington wolves need our help right now. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) just killed four members of the Old Profanity Territory wolf pack, leaving only one wolf alive.1       Washington wolves are dying. A judge has blocked the killing of the last Old Profanity Territory wolf for now, but this isn’t the only pack with a current kill order out […]

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Take a stand for the Endangered Species Act

The Trump administration has gutted our nation’s most powerful tool for wildlife conservation: the Endangered Species Act (ESA).       Endangered Species Act rollbacks are disastrous for wildlife. Under their new rules, endangered animals could be refused protection for the sake of oil and gas profits. Not only that, but animals considered “threatened” with extinction will no longer receive the same level of protection.1 Congress […]

Grand Canyon (Photo: Sam Loyd on Unsplash)

Protect the Grand Canyon. Make this ban permanent.

Some places are too precious to mine. The Grand Canyon is one of them. It’s time to protect the Grand Canyon with a permanent ban on uranium mining.       Protect the Grand Canyon with a ban on uranium mining. While the depths of Grand Canyon are protected as a national park, outside those borders, uranium mining threatens to poison and pollute this natural […]

Corn cobs on a grocery store shelf, individually wrapped in plastic wrap.

July’s Thneed Winner: Plastic wrapping for corn cobs. Really?

When Mother Nature already provides a perfectly good container, say no to a plastic alternative One of my fondest summer childhood memories revolves around good old Zea mays L. — more commonly known as “sweet corn”. My aunt takes me to a roadside stand in rural Wapwallopen, Penn. to buy a bunch of just-picked ears of white corn. We return to my […]

Save the Boundary Waters from mining

It’s up to us to save the Boundary Waters. The Trump administration recently renewed two leases for devastating mining on the doorstep of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.1     It’s not too late to save the Boundary Waters. Mining could destroy the Boundary Waters as we know them. But even though the leases are approved, it’s not too late to stop the […]

Starving Southern Resident orcas need your help

With their sleek black and white bodies, and graceful ocean acrobatics off the coast of Washington and Canada, Southern Resident orcas are some of our planet’s most amazing creatures.       The Southern Resident orcas are starving. The Southern Resident orcas are starving to the point of extinction — there are just 76 left in the wild. Why? Because U.S. Army Corps of Engineers […]

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