The National Wildlife Federation is the United States' largest private, nonprofit conservation education and advocacy organization, with over four million members and supporters, and 48 state and territorial affiliated organizations. The NWF strives to remain "A national network of like-minded state and territorial groups, seeking balanced, common-sense solutions to environmental problems that work for wildlife and people." Its mission statement is "to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future." Wikipedia.
Inkley D.B.,National Wildlife Federation
Journal of Entomological Science | Year: 2012
The abundance and activity of brown marmorated stink bugs, Halyomorpha halys Stål, over-wintering inside a Maryland home were documented. Brown marmorated stink bugs, an invasive species, were collected daily, and their collection rate assessed with respect to outside temperature, location within the structure, and date. During the 181 -day study period 26,205 adult brown marmorated stink bugs were collected inside the home. The exiting of stink bugs from hiding in the walls and other suitable areas into indoor living space was positively correlated with outside daily high temperature variation from the long-term daily high. Control measures to block exit from walls into living space reduced collection rate, but failed to halt it. This heavy infestation in a single home demonstrates the potential nuisance to millions of homes across the country if the range and population of the brown marmorated stink bug continues to expand. Source
"Levels of hazardous flame retardants in most Great Lakes fish are declining – or at least researchers thought they were. But a new study shows that this isn’t the case for Lake Erie smallmouth bass, an important game fish. And the contaminated fish threatens the health of some of those who eat them. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are flame retardants that were commonly used in furniture, electronics, construction materials and textiles, said Michael Murray, a staff scientist for National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes office in Michigan."
After two years of pressing pipeline regulators to release inspection photos and videos of the 60-year-old Enbridge pipeline that carries tar sands oil through the Straits of Mackinac, the National Wildlife Federation took it upon themselves to inspect the pipeline. Unfortunately, their footage is cause for concern and shows why this pipeline is one of the greatest threats to the Great Lakes. The footage shows pipelines suspended over the lakebed, some original supports broken away (indicating the presence of corrosion), and some sections of the suspended pipelines covered in large piles of unknown debris. This visual is evidence that our decision makers need to step in and demand a release of information from Enbridge and PHMSA. Heightening our concern around this pipeline and the company that owns it: despite having cleared our dive work with the U.S. Coast Guard, several Congressional members, and Homeland Security, our staff and the dive crew had uncomfortable interactions with Enbridge representatives. As soon as our team set out on the water, we were quickly accompanied by an Enbridge crew that monitored our every move. This monitoring did not stop at the surface: Enbridge also placed a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) into the water to watch our team. These actions and our video have raised our level of concern for the general operational behavior of this company and their overall safety culture—including the way they treat the concerned public living near their pipelines. If these aging pipelines rupture, the resulting oil slick would cause irreversible damage to fish and wildlife, drinking water, Lake Michigan beaches, Mackinac Island and our economy. Enbridge is perhaps best known for their devastating tar sands oil spill on Michigan's Kalamazoo River. The 2010 spill was the largest in the Midwest and three years later they are still cleaning up the mess. Tar sands oil or dilbit (diluted bitumen) behaves differently in water than traditional crude. The chemical diluents that are mixed with the bitumen evaporate and the bitumen, which has the consistency of peanut butter, sinks to the bottom instead of floating on the surface like traditional crude oil. If a pipeline rupture were to occur on the pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac, it would be a catastrophic disaster. Kudos to NWF for taking the initiative to capture this footage and show how the environment, drinking water and economy are at risk because of this aging infrastructure.
News Article | November 5, 2015
It’s time once again for families to go on a cleaning expedition in their fall garden, but there is great value in keeping fallen or dead leaves where they are and not raking them into piles for disposal. According to conservationists such as the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), raking leaves destroy the habitat of many wildlife species and rob gardens of critical nutrients. Their call? “Let fallen leaves stay on your property,” advised David Mizejewski, a naturalist from NWF. According to him, it's a missed opportunity to turn leaves into solid waste, as they offer the double benefit of serving as a natural mulch for suppressing weeds and fertilizing soil. Gardeners can save on buying these necessities by making their own. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency noted that leaves and other yard matter form a staggering 33 million tons or over 13 percent of the country's solid waste per year. Landfills with solid waste are the largest contributor to manmade greenhouse gas methane. Wildlife habitat, Mizejewski added, is also harmed when leaves are removed. Mammals, birds, insects, and other creatures depend on leaves for their food as well as nesting and shelter. Before coming out in spring, many moth and butterfly caterpillars overwinter in those leaves lying on the ground. An appreciation of nature is another simple incentive for leaving the leaves alone. “The less time you spend raking leaves, the more time you’ll have to enjoy the gorgeous fall weather and the wildlife that visits your garden,” David Mizejewski added. Here are his tips for dealing with fallen leaves – other than raking and hauling them off to landfills! To tidy up one’s yard or comply with specific homeowners’ association rules, one can still rake leaves off the lawn – but use them for purposes detailed in the list above.
"Groups are urging State Dept. scrutiny of an Enbridge pipeline they say is moving twice the amount of tar sands oil into the U.S. than it's permitted for." "In the wake of the Keystone XL decision, environmental activists are seizing the momentum by calling for the cancellation of another tar sands pipeline that has remained largely below the radar. On Tuesday, local and national groups urged the Obama administration to reject Enbridge's Alberta Clipper pipeline expansion. The pipeline has a permit to carry 450,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta to Superior, Wisc., but is effectively moving nearly twice that amount—800,000 barrels—because Enbridge has diverted the flow through another pipeline at the U.S.-Canada border. Environmental groups say the scheme is illegal. Last year, a coalition of organizations, including the National Wildlife Federation, Minnesota's White Earth Nation and the Sierra Club, sued the State Department for allowing Enbridge to proceed. A decision is pending."