America’s Top 10 Cities for Wildlife

Wildlife in urban areas - coyote in IllinoisWildlife is adaptable. Studies continue to show that in our largest metropolises, foxes, raccoons and coyotes also thrive. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Consider the lone mountain lion that’s apparently trapped in-between urban sprawl in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park.

So it’s welcome news that the National Wildlife Federation is honoring the Top 10 Cities for Wildlife as part of its celebration of National Wildlife Week 2015.

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Obama and 2 states to appeal ruling on federal protection for wolves – but who do the wolves appeal to?

Great Lalkes Gray WolfGreat Lake wolves have shown a recovery in numbers. Scientists, who consider the Great Lakes wolves’ territory to include nine states, have established populations of about 3,700 animals total in just three — Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Even so, a  federal judge’s recent order restored legal protection to gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region.

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Catch tonite’s first show of PBS series: Earth: A New Wild

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As the effects of climate change make themselves irrefutably present, Nature and especially its wild animals are being deeply impacted. And the relationship between humans and Nature is being sorely tested.

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Toyota learns to let Nature take its course

Retention pond at Toyota's Mississippi plant  retention pond - now certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council as a Wildlife at Work program

Retention pond at Toyota’s Mississippi plant retention pond – now certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council as a Wildlife at Work program

Humans are wise to learn from Nature. Rather than insist on creating a picture perfect habitat, environmental specialists learned that letting Nature “win” has many rewards for wildlife.

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Help this reforestation program save the oldest living trees

 Given that this is Giving Tuesday, we’re reminded of all the important and worthy organizations out there that could use our help. One such project is currently going through the Indegogo process and is worth a mention.

You may be familiar with David Milarch, from the review you read here of the book The Man Who Planted Trees. Milarch is on a mission, with his organization Archangel Ancient Tree Archive to save and repropogate our ancient old growth trees and to use them to reforest the Earth.

“We’re archiving the last living genetics of the oldest living trees on earth,” says Milarch.

To learn more about this project and how you can be part of its success, check out their Indegogo page today.

Will L.A. free its trapped mountain lion with a wildlife overpass?

Mountain lion trapped in L.A.'s Griffith Park, photo courtesy of Miguel Ordenana and the Griffith Park Connectivity Study

Mountain lion trapped in L.A.’s Griffith Park, photo courtesy of Miguel Ordenana and the Griffith Park Connectivity Study

In the midst of the mega-busy urban jungle that is Los Angeles, Griffith Park is a shining green belt, filled with wildlife and beauty. But some of its wildlife aren’t being served by being there.

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Sobering view of lost wetlands from an egret’s point of view

Louisiana wetlands under siege by the Gulf, photo by Kelly Wagner, courtesy of National Wildlife Federation

Louisiana wetlands are under siege by the Gulf, photo by Kelly Wagner, courtesy of National Wildlife Federation

For those who don’t know, the state of Louisiana has lost and continues to lose large amounts of land to the sea every year. Since 1900, Louisiana has lost more than 1 million acres of wetlands and barrier shoreline.

It’s easy to ignore if you aren’t from there )and perhaps even if you are). Even with restoration efforts, progress towards reclaiming the state’s wetlands are slow.

From the perspective of native wildlife such as the egret, the effects of climate change and the rising sea are devastatingly difficult. Check out this article for more details.

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