Conservation across the Continent

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Today common experience breaks the confines of national borders more than ever before. From pop culture to the Internet, we share one global community. This applies especially to our environment. There are no borders for the air we breathe, the water that sustains us or the wildlife that graces our world. We are reminded of this reality by the dependence of people and wildlife on the fragile health of waterways that span political boundaries, and by the spectacular journeys of migratory birds.

When we view wildlife and wild places as part of a single global landscape, we recognize anew that conserving our environment must not be limited by borders either. We are one community, bound by the natural resources on which we all depend.

Though we have carved North America into three nations, the continent remains one continuous habitat. Its vast land and wildlife will not flourish, or even endure, unless conservation efforts transcend artificial boundaries.

In the months to come, the reality of this interconnectedness will play out in the coverage of more international stories in National Wildlife. We have made the decision to broaden our own artificial boundaries by sharing with you more of our important international conservation work and the stories of the wildlife and wild places at stake.

The change parallels a new NWF initiative to build on years of work with Canadian conservationists and to reach out as well to our colleagues to the south. Mexico holds some of the most important biological resources of the continent and, indeed, the world. The nation sustains more mammal and bird species than the United States, in just one-fifth of the land area. Following requests from a range of Mexican environmental organizations, NWF is exploring ways we can help them build on their existing work to conserve Mexico's wildlife, habitat and natural resources. …