As spring approaches, we find much to celebrate in NWF's South Central Region. The imperiled monarch butterfly has caught the attention of everyone from first graders in Houston to big city mayors in San Antonio, Oklahoma City, and Kansas City. Young NWF Earth Tomorrow leaders in Atlanta have helped renew and revive a 26-acre urban forest, and sportsmen groups in Louisiana welcomed their new governor with a letter advocating for restoration of Louisiana's deteriorating coast.
Of course many challenges remain, including sediment loss in the Mississippi River Delta and ongoing impacts to wildlife and the Gulf ecosystem from the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. We are proud of our efforts to protect wildlife across the region and grateful to all our supporters for helping us stand up for wildlife.
A high-water event on the Mississippi sent over a million cubic feet of water per second down to the lower portion of the river, carrying with it sediment that is essential to restoring wetlands. But without diversions, sediment is being lost to the Gulf of Mexico.
The migration of monarch butterflies is one of the natural world’s most epic journeys, and communities around the country can help them on their way. Is your community one of the 71 that has pledged to help the monarch?
In January, our Vanishing Paradise program, joined by 124 outdoor businesses and sportsmen groups, sent a letter to new Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards asking that he stand firm on the state’s commitments to restore Louisiana’s disappearing coastline.
To help students get involved in efforts to save the declining monarch butterfly, the National Wildlife Federation has started the Monarch Heroes initiative in Texas. This program is expanding habitat and raising awareness of the monarchs’ plight.
A majority of the world’s seven sea turtle species can be found in the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, the five species native to the U.S. are all threatened or endangered — but we can help boost their populations by restoring the Gulf of Mexico.