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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.