Editor's Note

Charting A New Course

  • Lisa Moore, Editorial Director
  • Conservation
  • Dec 30, 2022

On a frigid February day in 2022, a Pallas’s cat strides across a snowy plain in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. After waiting for hours in a blind, photographer Thomas Vijayan was able to capture this striking portrait, which won an honorable mention in National Wildlife® magazine’s 2022 photo contest.

BELOVED READERS, WELCOME TO OUR NEW ERA! Here is our first Winter quarterly, featuring our new look and ad-free format. We’re delighted to bring you this more elegant presentation of articles and photographs, and we appreciate the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from many of you in response to my previous note announcing these changes. Thank you so much for your support.

In honor of Black History Month in February, this issue celebrates the accomplishments of some remarkable Black conservationists (Claiming Our Birthright, Making My World & Loving the Land). We hope you’ll also explore the eye-popping winners of our 2022 photo contest (Pulse of the Planet), learn about threats to horseshoe crabs (Decline of an Ancient Mariner) and enjoy new features such as Community Connection, Next Generation and Footprint, where we will feature art that celebrates wildlife and connecting with nature.

And now I have more big news to share with you. After eight wonderful years at the helm of National Wildlife® magazine, I’ve decided to retire in early 2023 to get out from behind the desk and plunge into nature in new ways. I’ll be forever grateful for the opportunity I’ve had serving you, working with our amazing staff and freelancers and celebrating the incredibly important conservation and environmental justice work of the National Wildlife Federation. Wishing you all the joy of birdsong, thriving gardens, safe access to healthy environments and a lifetime of devotion to nature.

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