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PHOTO: The 400,000 Marylanders who purchase "Treasure the Chesapeake" license plates, a fundraiser for projects that benefit Chesapeake Bay, are learning this week about new benefits and incentives, including preferred parking. Photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Trust.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - "Treasure the Chesapeake" and receive perks. A new "plate perks" program has been unveiled for the 400,000 Marylanders who purchase the special Treasure the Chesapeake license plates. Bay plate owners will receive preferred parking, as well as discounts on goods and services - in a ...Read More

Photo: NWF report highlights the continued damage to 14 species living in the Gulf of Mexico from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. Graphic courtesy National Wildlife Federation.

TAMPA, Fla. - Today Floridians join the rest of the country in celebrating Earth Day, but it's no picnic for the wildlife living along Florida's Gulf Coast and still feeling the effects of the Deepwater Horizon spill from four years ago. A report released this month by the National Wildlife Federati ...Read More

PHOTO: Beaches like Nags Head generate at least $3 billion a year in revenue for North Carolina. Conservation groups are concerned that could change if oil and gas exploration is allowed along the coast. Photo credit: Wikimedia

NAGS HEAD, N.C. – Sunday marks the four-year anniversary of the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf Coast. While oil and gas exploration isn't currently permitted off the North Carolina coast that could change. Gov. Pat McCrory promised to push for it in his State of the State a ...Read More

PHOTO: A State Capitol hearing room is packed Tuesday as a Senate committee discusses Senate Bill 1132, which would place a moratorium on fracking until the state fully studies the impact of the oil extraction method. Photo courtesy: Californians Against Fracking

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The controversial practice of offshore oil fracking is taking place along California's coastline, even though most people may not even know it. Assemblymember Das Williams says it's also being done without the required ongoing review from the Coastal Commission. He s ...Read More

PHOTO: This photo, taken in 2010 following the Deepwater Horizon spill, shows an oil-covered pelican. Photo courtesy Louisiana Governor's Office.

AUSTIN, Texas - Nearly four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a new study says the disaster is far from over. Much research remains to be done, said Dr. Doug Inkley, senior scientist for the National Wildlife Federation, but the science shows that wildlife still are ...Read More

PHOTO: The presence of this nesting bald eagle and its mate has been confirmed by Nature Conservancy staff, inside the Mashowmack Preserve on Shelter Island. Photo credit: Derek Rogers, used with permission of The Nature Conservancy.

NEW YORK - It's confirmed - a pair of nesting bald eagles has been spotted on Shelter Island, and experts say it's a positive sign not only for the birds but also for the health of local waterways. Eagles have been making a strong comeback and now are fairly common upstate, said Mike Scheibel, a N ...Read More

PHOTO: A $21,000 reward is being offered to help find the person or persons who shot and killed three sea otters last fall near Monterey. Photo credit: USGS

MONTEREY, Calif. - A $21,000 reward is being offered to help find the person or persons who shot and killed three sea otters near Monterey. Biologists with the Monterey Bay Aquarium found the dead sea otters at Asilomar Beach in early September. According to Jim Curland, advocacy program director ...Read More

PHOTO: Droughts driven by climate change are already threatening the reproductive health of ocelots and sea level rise is expected to wipe out some of the ocelot's coastal habitat. Photo credit: Mike Fisher

AUSTIN, Texas – As fans across Texas get ready to root on their favorite teams for March Madness, new research shows mascot namesakes, such as lions and tigers and bears, are facing real threats from climate change. Doug Inkley, a senior scientist with the National Wildlife Federation, says ...Read More

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