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12 Ways Nature Can Help You Forecast Weather

3/12/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

The weather. Wherever you go, there it is, sometimes adding perfection to a day or night, sometimes ruining the best laid plans. But to be forewarned is to be forearmed, if by armed you mean having a rain suit at […] Read more >

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4 Things to Know About Daylight Savings Time

3/7/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

The time for our clocks to spring forward is almost upon us—the second Sunday in March, when we move our timepieces one hour head at 2 a.m. Although Daylight Savings Time (DST) is all about time, it actually has a […] Read more >

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Why Leap Year: The Planetary Connection

2/27/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

This year promises to be a long one—a full day longer than usual—because 2012 is a Leap Year, composed of 366 days instead of the typical 365. And wouldn’t you know that U.S. presidential election cycles pop up during Leap […] Read more >

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Valentine’s Day: A Holiday for Real Animals

2/13/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Naturalist, writer and NWF Conservation Hall of Fame inductee Ernest Thompson Seton, whose animal tales were popular among a wide audience in the early 1900s, wrote in Wild Animals I Have Known, “Man has nothing that the animals have not at […] Read more >

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Making Wishes for Wildlife

12/20/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Songwriter Harry Nilsson in the late 1960s released “The Puppy Song,” in which he declared that “Dreams are nothing more than wishes, and a wish is just a dream you wish will come true.”In keeping with this concept about aspirations […] Read more >

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NOT Alvin and the Chipmunks: 10 Facts You May Not Know about the Real Rodents

12/13/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Christmas time, and our thoughts turn to—chipmunks. Yes, it is odd that a hibernating rodent would become associated with Christmas, but that is the miracle of radio and a hit song for Alvin and the Chipmunks back in 1958 (when they […] Read more >

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A Special NWF Thank You to Donors at Thanksgiving

11/21/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

As an employee of the National Wildlife Federation, I recognize that my work depends largely on the kindness of strangers. Nonprofit organizations like NWF rely for survival on donations, and roughly 75 percent of the money donated to nonprofits yearly […] Read more >

Meltdown in the Mountains: How Global Warming Threatens Pikas and Other High-Country Critters

7/19/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Alarm Bells for the Alpine Zone It’s high atop the world’s mountains, where it accounts for less than 5 percent of the Earth’s surface. It’s battered by winds, it’s frigidly cold most of the year, and it is treeless. Ecologists […] Read more >

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Imperiled Wilderness: Eight Things You Probably Don’t Know about Alaska’s Bristol Bay

7/11/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

The 40,000-square-mile Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska stretches across pristine tundra and wetlands crisscrossed with rivers that flow into the bay. Up to 40 million sockeye salmon return to this watershed each year—the world’s largest salmon run. In addition […] Read more >

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Five Things You Should Know About Wildlife Corridors

6/16/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Beginning in the early 1900s and continuing for much of the 20th century, conservationists focused on protecting core areas for wildlife—biologically diverse habitats designated as wildlife refuges, wilderness areas, parks and other units. But since the 1970s, scientists have learned […] Read more >