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Three Things to Learn from Bison Conservation

5/23/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

The bison, or American buffalo, roamed the plains and woodlands of North America tens of thousands of years ago. It was a contemporary of saber-toothed cats, woolly mammoths and woolly rhinos but was a better survivor: the bison is the largest […] Read more >

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Great American Backyard Campout: Seven Things to Do After Dark

5/18/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

That day on which thousands of people across the nation pitch tents and roll out sleeping bags is almost here—National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout,  slated this year for June 25. Camping, even for just a night in a […] Read more >

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National Endangered Species Day: Lest We Forget

5/17/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Probably the most astonishing wildlife spectacle that ever occurred in American history was the migration of the passenger pigeon, a bird that resembled a larger, more colorful mourning dove, with a bluish back and a rosy breast. Now largely forgotten, […] Read more >

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For Wildlife Garden Month: Thoreau’s Thoughts on Trees

5/11/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Here at NWF we are celebrating Garden for Wildlife Month, because May is perfect for making home gardens into wildlife havens. Even if your garden is only a window box, you can find ways to turn it into a stopping […] Read more >

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For Dog Appreciation Month: The Origin of Domestic Dogs

4/19/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

April is Dog Appreciation Month, a good time for asking where in the wild these four-footed companions originally came from. For many years, scientists interested in canine evolution speculated that some dog breeds descended from wolves and some from jackals […] Read more >

Frog in Costa Rica by Lise U. Chase

National Frog Month: 6 Ways to Tell If You Are a Frog

4/1/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

  A concerned reader writes: “I hear that April is National Frog Month, so I would like to know, how do I tell whether I am a frog?  And if I am one, can I get some sort of government […] Read more >

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5 Ways to Tell Spring Has Arrived

3/17/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

National Wildlife Federation Conservation Hall of Fame honoree Henry David Thoreau wrote in his journal on March 17, 1857, “No mortal is alert enough to be present at the first dawn of spring.” How right he was, given that the […] Read more >

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Wake Up!! Sleep Secrets from the Animal Kingdom

3/7/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Wake up!  We’re in the middle of National Sleep Awareness Week (March 3-9)!  This is no time to be dozing!  But it is a perfect time to take a look and some of the things we’ve learned about sleep from […] Read more >

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International Polar Bear Day: 13 Things You May Not Know about Polar Bears

2/22/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

In honor of International Polar Bear Day, which falls each year on February 27th, here are a few things about the celebrated bruin that may amaze and amuse you: The polar bear rivals the Alaska brown bear as the world’s […] Read more >

Alaska Brown Bear on Admiralty Island by April Carpenter

President’s Day: How Animals Lead

2/16/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

President’s Day weekend was set aside to honor the memory of our first president, George Washington,  celebrating his skillful leadership at the dawn of our history as a nation. Leadership and hierarchies seem to come naturally to humans, helping to […] Read more >