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A note from Susan Kaderka,
Regional Executive Director
 
Susan Kaderka
 
 
Welcome to this first edition of the regional newsletter for the National Wildlife Federation’s South Central Region. We are so pleased to be able to share news with our friends and supporters in the region. And there is a lot to share: a new Monarch Heroes butterfly conservation program in Austin and Houston schools, our inspiring Earth Tomorrow Summer Institute in Atlanta, and our ongoing work to restore the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill. We invite you to learn more about what we are doing for least terns in Louisiana and iconic natural treasures like Arkansas’ Buffalo River. We couldn’t do it without your support.
 
Learn more about the South Central Region.
 
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Monarch Heroes Taking Flight in Texas
 
Monarch Heroes Taking Flight in Texas
 
 
In the Austin and Houston school districts, we’ve launched the Monarch Heroes program to involve students in monarch conservation by building monarch habitat and aiding in data collection.
 
Learn more about Monarch Heroes, and how you can help monarchs, too.
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Atlanta Students Boost Leadership at Atlanta’s Earth Tomorrow Summer Institute
 
Atlanta Students Boost Leadership at Atlanta’s Earth Tomorrow Summer Institute
 
 
Each year, we host a week-long Summer Institute program for student environmental leaders from NWF Earth Tomorrow® clubs. The themes for this year included food sustainability, urban ecosystems, climate change, environmental justice, and college and career preparation.
 
Hear what this year’s crop of talented student leaders found most valuable.
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Least Terns: Life on the Edge
 
Least Terns: Life on the Edge
 
 
The least tern is a relatively small bird that likes to nest in open, sandy beaches. In coastal Louisiana, beaches are in deep trouble from decades of canal building that cut off the Mississippi River and prevented it from feeding sand to coastal islands and headlands.
 
Find out how coastal restoration is protecting least terns.
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Sportsmen and Women Speak Up for the Gulf
 
Sportsmen and Women Speak Up for the Gulf
 
 
Coastal land loss, habitat loss, and the need for clean and plentiful water for estuaries are issues anglers see on a daily basis. Through Vanishing Paradise, the NWF and partners help conservation-minded sportsmen and women advocate for the protection of wildlife habitat in the Gulf.
 
Read how Vanishing Paradise is helping fulfill the vision of the NWF’s early leader, conservationist J.N. “Ding” Darling.
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Where Rivers Meet the Sea
 
Where Rivers Meet the Sea
 
 
Estuaries in the Gulf of Mexico have taken many hits over the past century. Now, restoration funds from BP’s settlement for its actions in the Deepwater Horizon should be used for projects that restore estuaries, wetlands, oyster reefs and critical landscapes.
 
Find out how restoring the Gulf’s estuaries help wildlife and communities on the Gulf Coast.
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Hog Factory Threatens Wildlife on the Buffalo National Scenic River in Arkansas
 
Hog Factory Threatens Wildlife on the Buffalo National Scenic River in Arkansas
 
 
135 miles of picturesque river flows through northwestern Arkansas, home to many species of wildlife including four protected by the Endangered Species Act. A proposed hog factory threatens this balance.
 
Learn how citizens are fighting to protect America’s First National Scenic River.
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Declining Monarch Butterfly Finds Hope for Recovery in St. Louis
 
Declining Monarch Butterfly Finds Hope for Recovery in St. Louis
 
 
The monarch butterfly population has declined over the past 20 years, but people in St. Louis are working together to help migrating monarchs find both nectar sources native milkweed in local gardens.
 
Learn about “Milkweeds for Monarchs” in St. Louis, and how it’s inspiring others.
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Alabama Wildlife Federation Opens New Nature Center Facility
 
Alabama Wildlife Federation Opens New Nature Center Facility
 
 
The Alabama Wildlife Federation—National Wildlife Federation’s Alabama affiliate—recently celebrated the grand opening of the Ireland NaturePlex at the Alabama Nature Center. The NaturePlex will provide hands-on opportunities for youth and families to learn about Alabama wildlife and natural resources.
 
Learn more about this amazing 23,000 square ft facility.
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