Lizard at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Project Noah

Become a citizen scientist, explore the many ways science connects the world around us, and make discoveries where you live. Using Project NOAH’s mobile platform, volunteers have logged over 500,000 wildlife photos from all 7 continents.

Plants & Animals

"He who plants a tree, plants a hope," Lucy Larcom (1824-1893)

The land, for all its importance, is but a canvas for that which grows in, and thrives upon, it – for the flora and fauna and microbial building blocks of biodiversity that comprise life as we know it. Keep this in mind: While we might feel poorer for it, humanity would survive, and still thrive, without the Internet. But we would not be alive, let alone thrive, without mycorrhizal fungi in the soil, or phytoplankton in the sea. Don't worry: It's not NEEF's mission to add saving fungi to your daily to-do list. But it is our mission to make you aware, and hopefully care about, the web of life that sustains us. And what sustains us – or rather sustains the natural systems that sustain us – are plants and animals.

A single tree absorbs and sequesters more than a ton of carbon dioxide in its lifetime. An urban park with one acre of trees annually absorbs the amount of CO2 produced by a car driven for 26,000 miles. New York City's tree canopy alone sequesters nearly 1.35 million tons of CO2 and captures more than 800 million gallons of runoff storm water. Forests, large and small, help protect the planet from climate change and flooding, while also providing critical habitat for birds and other fauna, including keystone pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Trees, plants, and the critters that call them home all work together to provide us with air, water, food, and shelter from storms. They are the original team players.

Cherry blossoms blooming near the Jefferson Memorial

The Early Blooms of Spring

Early bloom times affect entire ecosystems through disrupting plant-pollinator relationships, increasing pest outbreaks, & worsening human allergies.
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Family of reindeer in the arctic

Where Have Santa's Reindeer Gone?

Both reindeer and caribou rely on lichen as their main food source in the winter, which is threatened in Alaska.
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Pumpkins and gourds

Don't Send Your Pumpkins to the Graveyard

In the US, almost one third of the available food supply went uneaten in 2010—that comes to 133 billion pounds and $161.6 billion of wasted food.
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Sandhill cranes migrating

Weather and Fall Migration

Hoping to spot migrating birds? Watch the weather! Find out how weather can affect bird migration patterns.
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Walruses on the beach

Marine Mammals on Ice

It’s a good time to take a look at the role ice plays in the larger Arctic ecosystem & how different marine mammals rely on this fluctuating resource.
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Hummingbird hawk-moth

Protecting Pollinators

Have you thanked a pollinator today? Globally, about 1,000 plants we depend on for food and products need to be pollinated by animals.
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 Mosquito aedes aegypti, transmissor de vírus

Beyond the Bite: Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Disease

Insects that carry disease, like mosquitoes and ticks, are more likely to be out and about in the warmer weather.
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Sprouted spring flowers

Spring Gardening

Grasses are growing, flowers are blooming: whether you’re new to gardening or your thumb has long been green, you’re invited to join this season.
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Illustration of Atlantic Cod

Marine Species Responding to a Changing Climate

Life on land is closely linked to and dependent upon the health of the oceans, which provide an abundance of resources for humans.
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Bumblebee on a purple flower

The Buzz on Climate Change

Honey bee populations in the United States add more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year through pollination.
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Gray whale migration

A Whale of a Trip

Gray whales complete one of the longest annual migrations of any mammal.
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Yellow legged tree frog

The Unique Lives of Frogs

Globally, about 30% of amphibian species, including frogs, salamanders, and newts, are at risk of extinction.
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Ringed seal

US Wildlife on the Move

Changes in fish/wildlife populations and their habitats in response to a changing climate have been observed on multiple levels in the United States.
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Burrowing owl

A Message from Birds

Did you know? Over 50% of North American bird species are considered to be ‘seriously threatened’ by climate change.
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Turtle swimming among coral

US Coral Reefs in a Warming Ocean

As the oceans around the US become warmer & more acidic due to greenhouse gas emissions, the health & survival of coral reef ecosystems are threatened
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Pollinator Gardens

Join the Million Pollinator Gardens Challenge

NEEF is a member of the campaign to register a million public and private gardens and landscapes to support pollinators.
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