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12 Things to Know about Mistletoe

12/17/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Often used as a symbol of renewal because it stays green all winter, mistletoe is famed for its stolen-kisses power. But the plant also is important to wildlife, and it may have critical value for humans, too. Extracts from mistletoe—newly […] Read more >

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Thanksgiving: A Note of Gratitude to NWF Supporters

11/20/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

About 75 cents out of every dollar spent by nonprofit organizations comes from individual donors. Consequently, those people who sit down at home and write checks to NWF, or who give online, or who join the NWF Wildlife Leaders Club […] Read more >

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Natural Backyard Habitats Serve Birds Better

9/4/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

A recent study of residential landscape types and native bird communities in Phoenix, Arizona, suggests that yards mimicking native vegetation and wild lands offer birds “mini refuges,” helping to offset the loss of biodiversity in cities and supporting birds better […] Read more >

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Hike & Seek Question: What Are Bats?

8/29/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

In September and October, NWF’s Hike & Seek™  program will be offered in select cities nationwide, teaching children of all ages about wildlife and the outdoors. “What Are Bats?” is a pre-Hike & Seek kickoff for kids eager to add to their […] Read more >

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Bat Facts You Won’t Find in “The Dark Knight Rises”

7/19/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Back when The Dark Knight was released in 2008, we made a very solid case for “7 Reasons Bats are Just as Cool as Batman.” Really, who can challenge these amazing flying mammals, especially when put up against what is essentially […] Read more >

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Spiderman vs the Real Deal: Spider Powers

6/25/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

The launch of the fourth Spiderman film on July 3rd marks the perfect time to contemplate Peter Parker and . . . you know . . . spiders, a.k.a. arachnids (from the Greek word meaning get this creepy thing outta here; just […] Read more >

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An Expert’s Tips: How to Make Better Nature Photos

5/21/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

You’ve probably seen photographer Rob Sheppard’s images in National Wildlife magazine. Based in Southern California, he’s worked as a nature photographer for nearly 30 years. In addition to shooting photos for magazines, he offers nature photography workshops in which he […] Read more >

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Animals That Grow Gardens

5/7/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

May is Gardening for Wildlife Month, in which green thumbs cultivate plants specifically to provide homes and food for wild animals. However, some animals take the role of cultivator into their own, uh, hands and grow their own gardens. Here […] Read more >

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Feeling Stressed!!?! Visit Doctor Nature

4/9/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

April is National Stress Awareness Month. Most of us probably feel we’re already plenty aware of stress, with anxiety over the economy and politics and getting by. But Stress Awareness Month, sponsored by the Health Resource Network, is a national, […] Read more >

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Animal Trickery: It’s No April Fool’s Joke

3/29/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

April Fool’s Day marks a time when lies, trickery and deception are okay, even encouraged, provided they’re done harmlessly and in a spirit of fun. In the nonhuman world, however, trickery can be serious business, a way to live long and […] Read more >