Hunters and anglers have a long history of conservation and have passed our sporting traditions down through families and communities over generations. Our traditions are founded in the stewardship of our nation’s lands, water and wildlife. We have hunted and fished our country's amazing lands and waters for decades. These numerous days afield have earned us a perspective and understanding of what a changing climate means to our wildlife heritage.
The consequences of climate change are more evident every day and are undoubtedly having an impact on hunting and fishing. Sportsmen and women are critical in educating the public due to our intimate knowledge of the lands, waters and wildlife of our nation. It is now our duty to safeguard the places we rely on by sharing our stories.
NWF Outdoors is taking up that challenge through an audio series that brings sporting voices into full focus when discussing climate. “Vanishing Seasons: Climate Chronicles from the Field” is a collection of stories from across the nation exploring how climate change is impacting our sporting lives. Take a listen and get engaged!
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Elk, Smoke, Heat, and a New Reality
A hunter's personal account of lost opportunity in a new climate reality
Grouse Range and Hunting Opportunities Vulnerable to Warming Conditions
With ruffed grouse and sage grouse habitat already diminishing, climate change could significantly reduce their range.
Anglers Across America Already Seeing Climate Impacts
Climate change impacts on fishing aren't just in the future; some are already here.
• Game Changers: Climate Impacts To America’s Hunting, Fishing, And Wildlife Heritage (2015)
• Nowhere to Run: Big Game Wildlife in a Warming World (2013)
• The Waterfowler's Guide to Global Warming (2005)
Our public lands and waters, the habitat fish and game rely on, need to be part of the climate solution. We need policies that support stewardship, through conservation and restoration, to take advantage of the climate benefits our forests and lands provide. By protecting natural systems we can increase resilience to climate-fueled droughts and wildfires, protect wildlife habitat, and ultimately reduce atmospheric carbon pollution. Visit nwf.org/naturalsolutions to learn more.
Stop Pebble Mine
Help save the largest wild sockeye salmon run in the world: Tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop the Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay watershed.
Join the National Wildlife Federation and our affiliates across the country in supporting our public lands, wildlife, and sporting heritage.