National Wildlife Federation

So what does the NWF have to do with ecology? Put simply, the NWF is dedicated to sustaining a healthy ecology by bringing awareness to the need for conservation in the United States. The NWF, therefore, supports green living, conservation, sustainability, and any solutions that point to a gentler impact on our planet.

It’s difficult to think and talk ‘green‘ without thinking about ecology and our ecosystem. But how we we define ecology?

What is the history of ecology, what is the ecology symbol, and what are the problems associated with ecology? All these questions and more are important if one wants to venture into living green and helping the environment. So if this describes at least one of your life goals, you are at the right place.

National Wildlife Federation / What is the NWF?

The National Wildlife Federation is the largest private, non-profit, conservation advocacy organization in the United States. The National Wildlife Fund or the NWF has over 4 million members and supporters in 48 states. The NWF with its mission statement “to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future endeavors to be “a national network of like-minded state and territorial groups, seeking balanced, common sense solutions to environmental problems that work for wildlife and people”.

National Wildlife Federation / Good Ole President Roosevelt

When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt appointed Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling to be the chief of the US Biological Survey that was the cue for Darling to create plans to start the ball rolling for a convention was to unite individuals, organizations, and agencies concerned and interested in conserving and restoring wildlife resources. This initiative led to the conference called the North American Wildlife Conference held on February 3-7, 1936.

This was the historic moment of the creation of the General Wildlife Federation. Darling was elected president and the first annual meeting was held on March 3, 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri. This organization became the National Wildlife Federation in 1938. Membership swelled from 2.3 million in 1968 to 4.1 million in 1974.

National Wildlife Federation / Good Ole President Roosevelt

A wide variety of individuals, groups, and organizations who share a passion for wildlife have been brought together by the NWF. A network of similarly minded individuals and local groups has been initiated and created by the NWF to find common sense solution to environmental problems. They are focused on three areas of concern. The first; is to connect people to nature. The second area of concern is to reverse global warming. And the third is to protect and restore critical wildlife habitats.

National Wildlife Federation / Services and Programs

In the pursuit of its mission the NWF offers some services to any interested individuals, groups, or organizations. These services are accessible conservation training, leadership training, educational curricula, information outreach, and finally networking opportunities. The NWF also frequently works with other conservation organizations and groups to further its goals.

The NWF has various ongoing communications programs that they disseminate via publications, television, movies, and other forms of media. NWF is the publisher of the National Wildlife, a conservation magazine for adults. Magazines for children include Ranger Rick targeted for children from the age of 7 up to 12. For preschoolers NWF has “Your Big Backyard” and Wild Animal Baby for toddlers. The NWF’s film and television arm is called National Wildlife Productions, Inc.

NWF / The Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program

The Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program is aimed at showing people how to make wildlife friendly communities and yards. This program was started in 1973. Before a backyard can be certified as Backyard Wildlife Habitat some criteria need to be met. Food, water, and cover must be provided. Breeding and nesting areas can be made available by using native plants, nest boxes, and water gardens. Your backyard can be certified by the NWF as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat if all these elements are met.

These are just some of the few programs and educational programs conducted by the NWF in addition to running an expansive network of volunteer programs that reaches more than 10 million people.


For more information on ecology and keepin’ it green just use the following links:

Ecology Symbol

Definition of Ecology

Green Ecology

Ecosystem Ecology

Ecology For Kids

Ecology Problems

Trends in Ecology

History of Ecology

What is Ocean Ecology

What is Population Ecology

What is Soil Ecology

Articles on Ecology

Washington Dept. of Ecology

Quotes about Ecology

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