Friday, January 25, 2008

Website of the Week: The Nature Conservancy

This week, I’ve been thinking about the plight of the polar bear and the on-going efforts of many conservationists to save the polar bear’s Arctic habitat. MSNBC recently posted this article, Polar bears, Alaska oil and D.C. debate, about the fight over oil exploration in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea – a situation that has prompted letter-writing campaigns by a number of environmental rights groups, including World Wildlife Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Defenders of Wildlife.

So, in honor of the polar bear, this week’s website is The Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy’s mission, as I’ve come to understand it, is to preserve wildlife habitat in a sustainable way by educating people about conservation, purchasing prime tracts of wildlife habitat, and forming partnerships with local stakeholders to ensure preservation of these special lands. Want to find a preserve near you? Visit TNC’s Nature Preserve Map. Calculate your carbon footprint and learn some climate saving tips or check out TNC’s Fun Nature Stuff for slideshows of wildlife, E-cards, nature quizzes, and more!

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