By Isabelle Bienen, NWNL Research Intern (Edited by Alison M. Jones, NWNL Director) NWNL research intern Isabelle Bienen is a junior at Northwestern University studying Social Policy with minors in Environmental Policy & Culture and Legal Studies. Her research on the Endangered Species Act focuses on a current topic of interest in the US. Her 5-blog … Continue reading The Endangered Species Act: 1973-2018
💦 A Flow of Holiday Thoughts…
We wish you the Magic of water, the Rhythm of rivers and the Joy of friends and family on our riverbanks! "THE RIVER SPEAKS" - Poem by Gene Lindberg Down from the mountains of eternal snow The streams come tumbling, joining as they flow To send a river winding toward the sea. I listen, and … Continue reading 💦 A Flow of Holiday Thoughts…
Happy World Elephant Day!
For 30 years NWNL has studied Kenya’s iconic, charismatic jumbos that create water access for so many other species in the Mara River Basin. What can you do to celebrate and help elephants? (scroll down for a few ideas 🙂 ) Participate in the #elegram project ---------> and tell others to participate too! Send an … Continue reading Happy World Elephant Day!
Knowing the facts will help us SAVE ELEPHANTS
Ironically, just after our blog yesterday, about the remarkable qualities of elephants, more sad statistics were featured in today's NY Times, p. A9. Study Details Elephant Deaths Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa from 2010 to 2012, a huge spike in the continent's death rate of the world's largest mammals because of an … Continue reading Knowing the facts will help us SAVE ELEPHANTS
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
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!
Happy Migratory Fish Species Day!
Kuki Gallmann, the first Ambassador for Migratory Species, has staged many celebrations of World Migratory Bird Day at her home in Kenya. NWNL Director was proud to attend the first of these joyful events. This year Kuki Gallmann released a video to mark World Migratory Bird Day. Her words (transcribed below by NWNL) apply equally … Continue reading Happy Migratory Fish Species Day!
What are anadromous fish?
Tomorrow is World Fish Migration Day (WFMD). The ancient migration story of fish ascending rivers from oceans to breed is miraculous. Such fish - called anadromous, from the Greek word “anadramein” meaning “running upward” - include salmon, steelhead, shad, sturgeon, lamprey in the Pacific Northwest; and shad, sturgeon, alewives and herring along the US East … Continue reading What are anadromous fish?
Our Great Migrators
*NWNL thoughts prior to World Fish Migration Day-5/24.* Many are unaware of the exquisite sarabande of life personified by our migratory species: anadromous fish, birds, monarch butterflies, dragonflies and others. Most migratory species are threatened in one form or another during their annual passages by manmade impediments. Today, on expedition along the Snake River, NWNL … Continue reading Our Great Migrators
A haiku to celebrate Nat’l Wildlife Week March 17-23! This year’s theme is wildlife + WATER!
the floating heron pecks at it till it shatters... full moon on water - zuiryu - Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director