National Wildlife Federation works to defend, strengthen, fund, and implement legislation that protects wildlife and benefits endangered species. We are driven by the firm belief that saving America's wildlife strengthens the fabric of our democracy and increases prosperity for future generations.
Under the leadership of our first president, J.N. “Ding” Darling, the Federation’s priority was passing the 1937 Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, a cornerstone of the revered North American model of wildlife conservation. This victory launched the recovery of dozens of bird and mammal species and propelled our continued work with countless partners to conserve and protect our nation’s precious natural resources.
Visit our Legislative Victories timeline to learn about the laws protecting our wildlife, lands, and waters that we have helped secure over the past century.
We are committed to securing fair funding through federal budget appropriations, clean energy and climate legislation, energy leases, and other sources to maintain healthy wildlife populations, recover endangered species, and restore impaired ecosystems.
Learn more about our work to secure funds for conservation.
National Wildlife Federation advocates across the country for legislation that will stop carbon pollution and protect America's communities and wildlife from the climate crisis. Our top priority is the passage of federal legislation that:
Visit our Climate Legislation page to access Clean Power Plan fact sheets and more climate policy resources.
For decades, we have been the driving force behind many of our nation’s most critical pieces of conservation legislation that support the ability to hunt and fish. Our Outdoors team is currently focused on several priority issues affecting hunters and anglers, including Recovering America's Wildlife Act, the Farm Bill, sage-grouse conservation, chronic wasting disease, and more.
Learn more about our approach to Outdoors Conservation and Policy.
Migratory Bird Treaty Act
Over the past century, the MBTA has played a vital role in saving migratory bird species like the snowy egret, wood duck, and many others from extinction and decline.
Endangered Species Act
We defend, strengthen, fund, and ensure effective implementation of the Endangered Species Act.
Clean Water Act
We advocate for strong enforcement of the Clean Water Act to prevent wetland and stream destruction and pollution.
Recovering America's Wildlife Act
The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will help at-risk species with cost-effective, collaborative conservation.
A new storymap connects the dots between extreme weather and climate change and illustrates the harm these disasters inflict on communities and wildlife.Learn More
Take the Clean Earth Challenge and help make the planet a happier, healthier place.Learn More
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A groundbreaking bipartisan bill aims to address the looming wildlife crisis before it's too late, while creating sorely needed jobs.Read More
More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. We're on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 52 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.