“They think we’re all gonna drown down here. But we ain’t going nowhere.” – Hushpuppy

Isle de Jean Charles NWNL is headed to the "Bathtub!" - The geographic inspiration for the movie, "Beasts of the Southern Wild." As director, Benh Zeitlin put it, "This is the edge of the world." Isle de Jean Charles is a sliver of marshland, deep in the bayous of Louisiana - also ground zero for … Continue reading “They think we’re all gonna drown down here. But we ain’t going nowhere.” – Hushpuppy

Charcoal burning destroys Kenya’s forests

  How many trees are cut down to make one bag of charcoal? This illegal trade destroys endangered animals natural habitat and puts pressure on the entire ecosystem. Fact - In Kenya, charcoal provides energy for 82% of urban and 34% of rural households. Source: http://asokoinsight.com/news/illegal-logging-charcoal-burning-destroying-east-africas-forests/ - Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director

Our 20th Expedition!

Please Help Fund the NWNL Lower Mississippi River Expedition September 2 - 30, 2014 Expedition Route NWNL will visit the Lower Mississippi River Basin including: New Orleans, The Delta, Baton Rouge, Natchez, Vicksburg, Clarksdale, Memphis and small river towns en route. Expedition Focus • Urban and Rural Resiliency to Climate Change. • Coastal Erosion and … Continue reading Our 20th Expedition!

An elephant’s memory of water

The African savannah elephant is the largest land mammal in the world. In folklore, elephants are known for not forgetting. For the African savannah elephant, memory is a tool for surviving challenges that may come intermittently over decades. Long-term memory tends to be vested in the older females, called matriarchs, without which the herd could … Continue reading An elephant’s memory of water

Life history of a meander

- Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director

Botswana’s Okavango Delta: UNESCO’s 1000th World Heritage Site!

A place as extraordinary as the Okavango Delta certainly deserves to be designated as a World Heritage Site - and finally it is!  As #1000 on that list, it’s one of NWNL’s favorite natural landscapes and wetlands ecosystem. You can see why in the photos. It’s literally an oasis in an arid country with no … Continue reading Botswana’s Okavango Delta: UNESCO’s 1000th World Heritage Site!

On the banks of the Omo River

These photos were selected in response to a weekly photo challenge - the theme is HAPPY. Click here to view more images of Omo Valley cultures in Ethiopia. - Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director

HEY, TAKE A HIKE on Nat’l Trails Day! – June 7

There are over 200,000 miles of hiking trails in the United States according to the American Hiking Society. Tread lightly and leave no trace! Nature awaits. Click here to find an event near you. "To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather … Continue reading HEY, TAKE A HIKE on Nat’l Trails Day! – June 7

Columbia/Snake River system is #1 in West Coast wood exports

The Columbia Snake River system is a vital transportation link for the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The economies of these four states rely on the trade and commerce that flows up and down the most important commercial waterway of the Northwest.*   *See Fact Sheet from Pacific Northwest Waterways Association. - Posted … Continue reading Columbia/Snake River system is #1 in West Coast wood exports

Preserving the beautiful Snake River!

NWNL Expedition Photographers are zigzagging with the Snake River, focusing on infrastructure, watershed management, agriculture, biodiversity and impacts of climate and pollution on river health.