National Wildlife Federation

National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is the United States' largest private, nonprofit conservation education and advocacy organization, with over six million members and supporters, and 51 state and territorial affiliated organizations (including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands). 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." On March 1, 1934, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt appointed political cartoonist Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling to be the chief of the U.S. Wikipedia

National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is the United States' largest private, nonprofit conservation education and advocacy organization, with over six million members and supporters, and 51 state and territorial affiliated organizations (including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands). 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." On March 1, 1934, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt appointed political cartoonist Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling to be the chief of the U.S. Wikipedia

  • Oct 31 at 7:51 AM
    Spook-tacular #Animal - #Bats - More than 40 species of bats live in the United States. Bats are the only mammals that can fly. Instead of arms or hands, they have wings. The wings have a bone structure similar to the human hand. Did you know all 40 species of bats in the United States are beneficial to people? Most feed on insect pests and can eat 60 medium-sized moths or over 1000 mosquito-sized insects in one night! Some even help in pollination. A bat house placed 12-15 feet off the ground can entice these flying friends to take up residence in your yard. #happyhalloween
  • Oct 30 at 4:42 PM
    White-nose syndrome is the most severe wildlife disease in recorded history, says Chris Cornelison, a microbiologist with Georgia State University and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). Named for fuzzy white spots that appear on the muzzles, ears and wings of infected #bats, white-nose syndrome is caused by the cold-loving, and aptly named, Pseudogymnoascus destructans. It occurs during hibernation, says Craig Frank, a mammalian ecologist at Fordham University. The fungal spores are spread from one #bat to another in the confined space where they overwinter, he explains. Infected bats wake up more frequently, leading to early depletion of fat reserves. Without their fat stores, which the animals need to survive the winter, they starve to death, Frank says. But the scientists are persevering and attacking the disease from many directions. (Content sample from National Wildlife Magazine)
  • Oct 29 at 10:46 AM
    Myth: #Owls can turn their heads around in a full 360 degree circle. Fact: Most sources agree that an #owl can turn its head just 3/4 or 270 degrees around, which is still impressive. Myth: Those tufts are ears. Fact: Nope, the ears are located on the side of the head, just like in people. However, the ears may be uneven, allowing the birds to locate prey by triangulating with sound when vision isnt enough. The tufts are thought to be useful in camouflaging the bird as well as expressing aggression.
  • Oct 28 at 1:28 PM
    Spook-tacular #Animals - Crows! In legends and myths, #crows are the harbingers of doom and companions to #witches and others who practice #blackmagic. But take a look at how incredibly intelligent they can be. They remember your face. Once a #crow is mad at you and it will remember it doesnt like you for ages and will raise a real fuss when it sees you. They conspire. Crows communicate at a high level with one another using dozens of different caws. This helps them organize to pursue certain food sources, post lookouts and chase off predators. They use tools and can plan ahead. Crows have been seen using twigs to pry open food or to check on whether a snake is alive but their most unbelievable feat is to lay hard-to-open nuts on a road and wait for a vehicle to come by and break it open. Now THAT is scary!

Oct 31, 7:51 AM

Spook-tacular #Animal - #Bats - More than 40 species of bats live in the United States. Bats are the only mammals that can fly. Instead of arms or hands, they have wings. The wings have a bone structure similar to the human hand. Did you know all 40 species of bats in the United States are beneficial to people? Most feed on insect pests and can eat 60 medium-sized moths or over 1000 mosquito-sized insects in one night! Some even help in pollination. A bat house placed 12-15 feet off the ground can entice these flying friends to take up residence in your yard. #happyhalloween

Oct 30, 4:42 PM

White-nose syndrome is the most severe wildlife disease in recorded history, says Chris Cornelison, a microbiologist with Georgia State University and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). Named for fuzzy white spots that appear on the muzzles, ears and wings of infected #bats, white-nose syndrome is caused by the cold-loving, and aptly named, Pseudogymnoascus destructans. It occurs during hibernation, says Craig Frank, a mammalian ecologist at Fordham University. The fungal spores are spread from one #bat to another in the confined space where they overwinter, he explains. Infected bats wake up more frequently, leading to early depletion of fat reserves. Without their fat stores, which the animals need to survive the winter, they starve to death, Frank says. But the scientists are persevering and attacking the disease from many directions. (Content sample from National Wildlife Magazine)

Oct 29, 10:46 AM

Myth: #Owls can turn their heads around in a full 360 degree circle. Fact: Most sources agree that an #owl can turn its head just 3/4 or 270 degrees around, which is still impressive. Myth: Those tufts are ears. Fact: Nope, the ears are located on the side of the head, just like in people. However, the ears may be uneven, allowing the birds to locate prey by triangulating with sound when vision isnt enough. The tufts are thought to be useful in camouflaging the bird as well as expressing aggression.

Oct 28, 1:28 PM

Spook-tacular #Animals - Crows! In legends and myths, #crows are the harbingers of doom and companions to #witches and others who practice #blackmagic. But take a look at how incredibly intelligent they can be. They remember your face. Once a #crow is mad at you and it will remember it doesnt like you for ages and will raise a real fuss when it sees you. They conspire. Crows communicate at a high level with one another using dozens of different caws. This helps them organize to pursue certain food sources, post lookouts and chase off predators. They use tools and can plan ahead. Crows have been seen using twigs to pry open food or to check on whether a snake is alive but their most unbelievable feat is to lay hard-to-open nuts on a road and wait for a vehicle to come by and break it open. Now THAT is scary!