Author Archives: Mitch Merry

Help #BeatPlasticPollution for World Environment Day

The United Nation’s World Environment Day is June 5th, 2018. This day is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.   This year’s theme is the effort to beat plastic pollution. Plastic is strangling our oceans and the species that live in them. A recent report found that 70% of marine litter is non-degradable plastic which is projected to increase threefold over the next ten years. Happy #WorldEnvironmentDay We must all do our part to #BeatPlasticPollution… Continue reading

More Room to Roam on the American Prairie

By Kyran Kunkel, Director of Wildlife Restoration and Science at the American Prairie Reserve The American Prairie Reserve (APR) is working hard to build the largest nature reserve in the continental United States.  With that goal in mind, wildlife enthusiasts currently have a golden opportunity to restore the national mammal on 250,000 acres of public lands in Northcentral Montana. No matter how you slice it, the public benefits of bison restoration are compelling. Learn more with our Top 5 list below.… Continue reading

Make #EndangeredSpeciesDay week plastic-free for wildlife

If you signed the pledge to give up plastics for the week of Endangered Species Day, the time is now! And if you haven’t, it’s not too late to be part of the Plastics Pledge for Endangered Species–add your name today. This one action on your part can help to begin to address the problem of plastic pollution of our oceans.  We have compiled a few tips to make the week as productive as possible. If you prefer to drink… Continue reading

And the winners are…

We are very happy to announce that the esteemed panel of judges has completed the very difficult task of selecting grade category and grand prize winners in the 2018 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest. The Grand Prize Winning Entry is Hawksbill Sea Turtle by Brandon Xie: The First Place entry is Humpback Whale by Erin Dong: The Grade K-2 category winning entry is Blue-tailed Skink by Sean Lam: The Grade 3-5 category winning entry is Florida Panther by Kyle… Continue reading

Semi-finalists Chosen in Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

The 2018 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest was an amazing success with more than 1,500 entries from students around the United States. Thank you to everyone who entered!  A panel of judges made up of educators and art instructors recently undertook the very difficult process of narrowing all of the entries down to just 40 entries (10 for each grade category). These semi-finalist entries are below!   You can view them by grade category here: Grades K-2 Grades 3-5… Continue reading

The Wisdom of Wolves

On March 6th, Jim and Jamie Dutcher released their new book, The Wisdom of Wolves: Lessons from the Sawtooth Pack (published by National Geographic). This book could not be more welcome, both as inspiration and educational tool, at this time of great uncertainty for America’s wolves.

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Will USFWS commit to red wolf recovery?

Red wolves are one of the most endangered species on the planet. While they once thrived across the southeastern United States, there are fewer than 45 red wolves alive in the wild today. Overly aggressive predator management actions drove them to be declared biologically extinct in the wild in 1980. Restoration attempts began later that decade with the release of four pairs of wolves in North Carolina. Those wolves grew the wild population gradually to around 100 in 2014 but political… Continue reading

How To Take Photos Without Disturbing The Subject Or Surroundings

This is a guest post from photographer and writer, Max Therry. Wildlife photography can be some of the most challenging photography of all, but it can also yield some absolutely stunning and memorable results. Animals are infinitely interesting and surprise us during every new encounter. Imagine the scene – you are camped out in a hedge bottom, covered in camouflage and a herd of deer suddenly dash past your position. Sometime later, a great barn owl swoops down in the… Continue reading