Nov 142017
Marineland Sues Ontario SPCA for Trying to ‘Destroy’ Theme Park

For many years, advocates have voiced their concerns about the welfare of the captive animals at Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario. In November 2016, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) filed five animal cruelty charges against Marineland in regard to the theme park’s failure to provide prescribed standards of care […]

Jul 212016
US Navy banned from using sonar that harms dolphins and walruses

A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the US Navy was wrongly allowed to use sonar in the nation’s oceans that could harm whales and other marine life. The ninth circuit court of appeals reversed a lower court decision upholding approval granted in 2012 for the Navy to use low-frequency sonar for training, testing […]

Sep 032015
Extreme Arctic sea ice melt forces thousands of walruses ashore in Alaska

The extreme loss of Arctic sea ice due to climate change is forcing thousands of walruses to crowd ashore on a remote barrier island off Alaska, and threatening their survival. Barack Obama will be the first US president to visit the Alaskan Arctic on 31 August on a three-day tour to draw attention to the […]

Oct 082014
POLL: Are walrus under threat of extinction from climate change?

The plight of thousands of walruses forced to crowd on to an Alaska beach because of disappearing sea ice has set off an all-out response from the US government to avoid a catastrophic stampede. The Federal Aviation Authority has re-routed flights, and local communities have called on bush pilots to keep their distance in an […]

Mar 222014
Expedition Cruise on Board M/S Origo, June 1-10, 2014

Polar Bear Expedition Workshop – last 2 cabins still available. We are now close to full ship.Anyone out there interested in joining, there are now just 2 cabins available. The majority of the group is flying to Longyearbyen on May 31st, there are still a few seats available on that flight as well. The land […]

Mar 022014
NON-PROFIT expedition workshop to see polar bears in Svalbard, 2014

Join us on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage in the High Arctic to experience polar bears in their environment, while learning about their biology, their current and future status, the threats against them, and what you can do to help protect them. While we will provide and ensure the full experience that a regular small-ship expedition cruise […]

Nov 012013
Dwindling Arctic Sea Ice Forces 10,000 Walruses Ashore

When we discuss sea ice here at NWF, we’re usually talking about polar bears. But this month, the annual loss of sea ice in the Arctic is affecting another marine mammal: walruses.Right now, melting ice caused by climate change is putting thousands of Pacific walruses that were forced onto shore in Alaska at risk of […]

Mar 222013
Endangered or Not, but at Least No Longer Waiting

Perhaps it does not seem cause for celebration that the Oregon spotted frog, a four-inch-long amphibian that prefers the Pacific Northwest’s dwindling marshy spots, is to be considered this year for federal protection as an endangered species. Tell that to the frog. It has been languishing for 22 years — since 1991 — awaiting its […]

Dec 182012
Tooth Walker…

A young walrus bull (Odobenus rosmarus) cautiously approaches as I lay on a rocky beach of Nordaustlandet. The scientific name of a walrus, Odobenus, comes from a combination of old Greek words: “odous” or tooth and “bainos” meaning walk. Often, a walrus will use his tusks to pull his large mass along the ice or […]