The National Wildlife Federation

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Our Work

For more than 80 years, the National Wildlife Federation has been uniting Americans to ensure wildlife thrive.

Our founder J. N. “Ding” Darling understood there is power in unity. In 1936 his bold vision for a nationwide constituency of conservation supporters brought together Americans from all corners of the country. Today the National Wildlife Federation is a nationwide federation with 51 state and territory affiliates and six million members and supporters.

Through habitat protection, restoration, and management, our far-reaching impact has brought numerous species back from the brink of extinction, including eagles, deer, elk, bighorn sheep, and whales. Yet in our rapidly changing world, our nation’s wildlife continue to be faced with critical challenges.

At this moment, more than a third of our country’s species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. In the last 20 years, the monarch butterfly’s population has declined by 90 percent. America’s free-ranging bison, which once numbered 20 to 30 million, are down to fewer than 5,000 individuals. In the face of these challenges, the National Wildlife Federation remains at the forefront of the fight to tackle wildlife’s greatest threats, working collaboratively to increase wildlife populations and enhance their capacity to thrive.

As in nature, we have strength in numbers. Our ability to help wildlife is inextricably linked to the diverse efforts of the individuals and groups that support our mission. Across the country we engage with communities, schools, governments, and other organizations to build and nurture a common commitment to conservation. As we continue to grow, we’re fostering relationships with valuable partners that share our mission, working collaboratively with 2,500 organizations by 2021. We’ll engage millions more Americans in supporting our mission, including 25 million future generation conservationists in 20,000 schools across the country.

Through our hands-on programs, policy work, community outreach, and more, we forge a conservation army of millions of people that work each day to build a better future for both people and wildlife—because in saving wildlife, we save ourselves.

Habitats
 

Habitats

 

The American landscape is an intricate patchwork of lands and waters that give our wildlife a home. We’re protecting, restoring, and connecting these vital habitats.

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Waters

 

America’s abundant waters are the lifeblood of our nation’s wildlife. We’re taking action to conserve, protect, and restore this valuable resource.

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Waters
Wildlife Conservation - Photo Credit Nic Stolzfus
 

Wildlife Conservation

 

The value of American wildlife spans many realms. We’re taking critical and timely steps to reverse their decline and increase their numbers over the next 30 years.

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Environmental Threats

 

Healthy environments support healthy wildlife. We’re addressing the nation’s most perilous environmental issues, including climate change and invasive species.

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Environmental Threats
Our Lands
 

Our Lands

 

Our nation's diverse and wondrous lands provide invaluable resources. We’re creating bold, future-focused strategies for managing these important spaces.

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People

 

Saving America’s wildlife strengthens the fabric of our democracy and increases prosperity for future generations. Join our conservation army to protect wildlife.

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People
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