Native Plant Conservation Grants

Wildlife Marathon

The NWF site also offers a Nature Find search engine to connect people with outdoor venues and activities. Guess who turns 75 this year? The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), founded in 1936 by Jay Norwood "D'ing" Darling celebrates its 75th year in 2011. With membership and supporters totaling 4 million, NWF is the nation's largest non-profit conservation organization. Darling, a Pulitzer prize winning cartoonist, first became involved in conservation efforts in Iowa during the early 1930's. In 1934 he was appointed Chief of the Biological Survey, the precursor of today's U. S. News and World Report's list of Best Adventure Vacations in the USA. Photo credit: Dr. Joseph T. McGinn Summer is the high season for Yellowstone National Park, but its beauty and attractions exist in all four seasons. In spring, there's the thrill of young animals as coyote pups frolic in meadows and baby bison skip alongside massive adult bison.

Animal Urns

"This is not an acceptable type of collateral damage. " The explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in April 2010 that sank on Earth Day resulted in an initial 5 million barrels of oil pouring into waters off the Gulf Coast. The story was that the well was capped and all was well in the Gulf and on the Gulf coast. "On June 15 2010, about 77 miles from the Deepwater Horizon accident site, the crew of the NOAA research vessel Pisces came across a dead sperm whale, floating in the water," Greenpeace stated in a written statement. "The whale was rotting, had probably been dead for a few days to a week, was likely a sub-adult, and parts of its carcass had been eaten by sharks. That same day, NOAA observers on another vessel at the Macondo well site in the Gulf saw five sperm whales, including a juvenile, covered in oil. Two days later, NOAA issued a press release about the dead whale, announcing that it would have tests conducted to determine the cause of death. "The unfortunate whale, and some revealing e-mail exchanges, including the revelation that the crew of the Pisces was instructed not to post or disseminate any pictures they took. There were not any results of the tests that were conducted into the cause of the whale's demise," Greenpeace reports. What they received, and released Wednesday, was a trove of photographs of that unfortunate whale, revealing e-mail exchanges containing alarming information. Among that information was that the crew of the Pisces was instructed not to post or disseminate any pictures they took.