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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 >

Yellowstone Wolf by Floyd H. Bond

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 >

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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 >