Welcome to the summer edition of NWF’s Northeast newsletter. I’m so lucky to work every day to protect all kinds of wildlife, from ocean giants like North Atlantic right whales to small shorebirds like red knots and semipalmated sandpipers. The articles below describe our work to protect these species and more. I hope you’ll take a few moments to check them out—and maybe even shoot me an email to get involved!
We couldn’t do any of this work without support from passionate wildlife conservationists like you. Thanks so much for making it all possible.
The east coast’s Atlantic Flyway is like a highway in the sky for migrating birds in North America, providing “rest stops” for birds to rest and feed during migration. Unfortunately, these vital habitats, and thousands of shorebirds depending on them, are at-risk.
NYC Eco-Schools teachers recently led a Green STEM workshop to help other teachers effectively use the environment and the outdoors in the classroom. From hydroponic gardens to solar cookers to oil spill containment, these practical lessons can engage students of all ages.
This month marks 5 years since one of Vermont’s worst natural disasters. In August 2011, Tropical Storm Irene dropped 8 inches of rain on the tiny state, quickly overwhelming its rivers and floodplains. The resulting high waters ravaged 223 of the state’s 251 towns and villages.
Of the nearly 50 species of shorebirds that regularly occur in North America, almost 90% are predicted to experience an increased risk of extinction due to climate-driven threats. But we aren’t standing idly by.
Along with our affiliate partners in NY and VT, we’re working with a growing coalition of organizations to urge the NY DEC to stop dangerous oil train traffic along the Lake and Hudson River. Together, we can halt this all-risk, no reward proposal to move dangerous heavy tar sands oil along our rivers.
Our staff members have found some of the coolest places across the nation to camp. Join in the fun of the great outdoors by taking the pledge to camp and snap a “campie” while you’re out in the wilderness to share with us!