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Roger Di Silvestro is a senior editor for National Wildlife magazine and the author of several books on wildlife conservation and American history.
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Ten Things to Know about Earthworms

2/26/2014 // By Roger Di Silvestro

As winter draws to a close, gardeners begin their spring migration into the outdoors, leaving winter dens behind and coming into contact with the harbingers of the shifting seasons: shovels, hoes and trowels. Oh, and earthworms. Anyone prone to working […] Read more >

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Snowfall, Wildlife and Gardens

12/13/2013 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Have you been dreaming of a white Christmas, or dreading it?  Either way, the very essence of winter in temperate climes is snow. And what a wonderful thing snow is. Think of it—when temperatures are low enough, water falls from […] Read more >

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Giving a Gift for Conservation

12/12/2013 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Donors are the foundation of NWF’s success in protecting wildlife and habitat, getting children outdoors and fighting climate change. The threats facing the natural world are diverse and ever-changing, putting heavy demands on NWF resources—which is why every gift and […] Read more >

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Thanksgiving Wishes to NWF Donors

11/22/2013 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Every year around Thanksgiving, NWF staff members phone a selected list of individual donors to thank them for their generosity in supporting the Federation’s conservation work. In making these calls, we touch base person-to-person with the people who make our […] Read more >

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The Wildlife Benefits of Acorns and Oaks

10/16/2013 // By Roger Di Silvestro

The time of year has come during which, when I’m reading in the evening in the silence of my home, I hear a sharp thwack! on the roof, followed by an increasingly quieter bump bump bump bump. Ah yes, the […] Read more >

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Seven National Wildlife Photo Contest Shark Pictures

6/18/2013 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Although as an editor for National Wildlife magazine I’m accustomed to seeing some of the world’s best nature photography, I never cease to be amazed by the quality of work that participants enter in the annual National Wildlife Photo Contest. […] Read more >

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Nature Is My Gardener

5/21/2013 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Or you could call this blog, How to Garden for Wildlife in Zero Easy Steps.   A Hands-off Policy In a poem that captivated my imagination when I was about 11 years old, Walt Whitman wrote, “I think I could […] Read more >

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Sharks and Wolves: Separated at Birth?

4/8/2013 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Gray wolves and tiger sharks may seem like completely different animals, because—well—because they are. But aside from that, the two species are remarkably similar in how they function in their respective habitats, as revealed by studies of the interactions between […] Read more >

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National Squirrel Appreciation Day: Robo-rodents, Plus a Squirrel-Food Recipe

1/17/2013 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Although January 21st has been recognized as National Squirrel Appreciation Day since 2001, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technologyhave carried squirrel appreciation way beyond a puny period of 24 hours. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, squirrels […] Read more >

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Les Misérables: Victor Hugo’s Nature Lesson

1/3/2013 // By Roger Di Silvestro

When I decided to read Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel Les Misérables in preparation for my wife dragging me to the musical film of the same name, I did not expect to find in the novel’s 1,400 pages a lesson on […] Read more >