Record Heat—and Reason to Hope
Surrounded by golden light, a mule deer in the grasslands of Montana is one of hundreds of species impacted by fire, drought and heat now plaguing the U.S. West.
SOME OF OUR READERS have said they come to these pages for relief from the day’s news. I understand that and share the feeling of peace that comes from reading hopeful stories and seeing beautiful images of wildlife, lush gardens and wildlands. We will always provide such welcome oases. But our job is also to explore the tough issues that impact our natural resources and the wildlife and people who depend on healthy air, water and land to thrive.
During our 60th anniversary year, I’ve been reviewing some of the 360 issues of National Wildlife® in our archives, a powerful record of the great environmental challenges of our time. The cover story in this issue continues that tradition by taking a clear-eyed look at the record drought, heat and fire devastating much of the U.S. West, with dire consequences for people and wildlife (Burning Up). Only by understanding such problems can we forge solutions—which is the mission of the National Wildlife Federation.
We also aim to inspire hope. To that end, this issue offers uplifting stories about how bobcats are adapting to suburban life (Bobcats Right At Home), amazing discoveries of new species in Borneo (Borneo Beckoning), efforts to save Hawai‘i’s beautiful tree snails (Hawai‘i's Endangered Jewels) and the heartwarming tale of a family farm where birding tours are bringing people together to share their love of nature (Come Fly With Us). We hope you’ll find these stories as refreshing as a sip of cool water on a summer day.
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