Dani Tinker

350 Flips | 7 Magazines | 1 Like | 16 Following | 261 Followers | @d_tinker | Digital content specialist with USFWS. Nature nerd. Oregon grown. Slow-pace hiker. Outdoor educator. Naturally curious.

The Government Quietly Just Approved This Enormous Oil Pipeline

It took seven years of protests, sit-ins, letter writing, and, finally, a presidential review to prevent the Keystone XL oil pipeline from being …

Environment

The Strange Beauty Of Bioluminescent Fish

The new book Fire in the Sea brings one eccentric marine biologist's paintings out of obscurity.<p>David McKee, a retired biology professor from Texas A&M University, never got the chance to talk to Henry Compton about his art. Compton, an eccentric marine biologist and local fishing pier manager, …

Texas A&M

The Best Fall Hikes in the U.S.

With fall foliage in full effect, there's no better time to pull on your boots and take a hike. After all, unlike the heat and humidity that come …

The real value of urban farming. (Hint: It's not always the food.)

During World War II, millions of Americans planted "victory gardens" in their backyards, eventually supplying a hungry nation with 40 percent of its homegrown fruits and vegetables. Once the war was over, those urban farms withered away, supplanted by increasingly efficient large-scale rural …

What we lose when we lose the world’s frogs

Amphibians survived the dinosaur extinction just fine. Why are they in peril now?<p>In September, a frog died in an Atlanta botanical garden. With it went an entire species never to hop along the Earth again. Biologists at Zoo Atlanta who’d looked after the frog for the past 12 years called him …

Biodiversity

Rare Encounter with a Northern Hawk Owl

<i>Northern hawk owl in black cottonwoods in Alaska by Lisa Hupp, USFWS.</i>Northern hawk owls (Surnia ulula) are unusual hunters among their relatives. …

Birds

TripAdvisor Halts Ticket Sales to Cruel Wildlife Attractions

The travel website, which came under pressure earlier this year for promoting and profiting from inhumane tourism activities, also plans to educate users on animal welfare.<p>TripAdvisor, the popular travel review website, and its ticket sales company, Viator, said Tuesday they no longer will sell …

50 Ways to Bring Nature Into the Classroom

When you step outside your classroom and into the great outdoors, you can find inspiration like no other. Sunshine, trees, birds, fresh air … they …

Gardening

6 Excuses to Avoid Yard Work This Fall • The National Wildlife Federation Blog

They grow. They turn brilliant colors. They capture our hearts. Then they make a mess. Leaves can be a hassle, but put the rake down for a moment. It …

Orphaned Fisher Kits Get a Brand New Start in Yosemite

One of the four fisher kits released into Yosemite peeks out at his new home. Photo by Beth PrattAs California Director for the National Wildlife …

National Parks

Seal spotted surfing humpback whale in Australia

<b>An Australian photographer has captured a rare moment of animal communion with a shot of a fur seal surfing a humpback whale off the New South Wales coast.</b><p>Robyn Malcolm had been photographing a pod of whales on a feeding frenzy 500km (310 miles) south of Sydney.<p>But she only realised she had taken …

Five Bird Calls That Will Make You Laugh

Some birds have excellent singing skills. Other birds . . . not so much.<p>Birding blogger Nick Lund, also known as The Birdist, picked out some of the …

Ruffled Feathers

Don’t bother me, I’m molting. (Photo Jim H.)<p>I’ve noticed some scraggly looking birds the past few weeks. This time of year, many species go through a …

About 35,000 walruses are crammed onto beaches in a tiny Alaska village

There is nothing straightforward and typical about massive walrus haul outs in Alaska, which have become an annual event as sea ice retreats earlier …

Disappearing sea ice forces thousands of walruses to haul out on the coast of Alaska

<i>UPDATED: 12:32 p.m. ET on August 28 to reflect information from an interagency press conference.</i><p>With the sea ice they depend on for hunting and …

Global Warming

Peregrines—and a Photographer—Bunk Out at Chicago Man’s Apartment

<i>Update, March 2016 — Steve and Linda are back! This year, Luke Massey is returning to Chicage in hopes of making a documentary. Donate to that</i> …

Laws vs. Justice: School Rescinds Gay Woman's Job Offer

Photo Courtesy of Mac Reid<p>I woke up a few days ago and saw that my high school rescinded a gay woman's job offer. My first thought was, "is that even legal?"<p>It was followed quickly by, 'wow, they just pissed off an army of highly intelligent, passionate folks, poised to fight injustice. You can bet …

LGBTQI