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David Mizejewski is a naturalist, author, blogger and national media personality with National Wildlife Federation. He interprets the natural world and teaches Americans about wildlife, how to help it, and how to connect with nature. David hosted and co-produced the Animal Planet TV series Backyard Habitat and regularly appears on The Today Show, The Martha Stewart Show, Conan and many others. He is author of the award-winning book Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife and writes the blog Animal Oddities.
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What to do With Fallen Leaves

11/12/2014 // By David Mizejewski

You shouldn’t feel obligated to rake up every last leaf in your yard this fall.  Leave leaves on the ground — they have a lot of benefit to wildlife and your garden.  Below are some tips on how to minimize […] Read more >

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Nuts for Wildlife

9/30/2014 // By David Mizejewski

When we think of autumn, the first image that comes to mind is colorful leaves falling from the trees. Leaves, however, aren’t the only thing falling in the fall. This is the season of the nut as well, and many species […] Read more >

8 Tips to Protect Baby Turtles in Your Yard

7/29/2014 // By David Mizejewski

Last June, Ellen Lambeth and Greg Hudson, fellow staffers here at National Wildlife Federation who work on Ranger Rick magazine, had a pretty awesome wildlife sighting. While Ellen was heading to the compost bin at the back of NWF’s headquarters landscape to deposit food scraps […] Read more >

Snake slithers in Maryland by Hannah Grove.

Eliminating Snakes in Your Yard

7/24/2014 // By David Mizejewski

As National Wildlife Federation Naturalist, I frequently get questions from folks about “getting rid of” wildlife in their yard. Especially snakes. Unfortunately, most of the advice you can find online on the subject is bad. Mothballs are often suggested, but they […] Read more >

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Functional Decor for the Wildlife Garden

6/27/2014 // By David Mizejewski

You can create a wildlife-friendly garden that provides birds, butterflies and other backyard wildlife with the four components of habitat: food, water, cover, and places to raise their young. These things will make your garden attractive to all sorts of […] Read more >

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Howard Cheek.

Top 7 Garden for Wildlife Questions, Answered

6/5/2014 // By David Mizejewski

During Garden for Wildlife Month we heard from many of you with questions about creating the best wildlife-friendly gardens. Here are answers to seven of the most frequently asked questions. If you’re a Wildlife Gardener who hasn’t yet certified your garden with […] Read more >

Ratibida columnifera, courtesy American Beauties.

Five Native Plants to Add to Your Garden

3/4/2014 // By David Mizejewski

Spring will be here before you know it. Gardeners everywhere are itching to get outside and start planting. As you’re planning your garden and waiting for the weather to warm up, consider including a few (more) native plants. They’re the […] Read more >

Patagonian cavy photo by Joachim S. Müller via Flickr Creative Commons.

Wildlife Olympians on Today Show

2/13/2014 // By David Mizejewski

The Olympics are here and with them, a celebration of the world’s best athletes.  In keeping with that theme, for my latest appearance on the Today Show I brought wild animals that are impressive athletes in the game of survival. […] Read more >

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Hire a Certified Wildlife Landscaping Professional

1/29/2014 // By David Mizejewski

Do you want to attract more birds, butterflies and other wildlife your garden, but don’t know where to start? National Wildlife Federation is excited to announce a brand new program designed to help you. Two of the biggest requests we’ve […] Read more >

Kathie Lee and Hoda and a wild turkey from NWF Naturalist David Mizejewski's latest Today Show appearance.

Attempted Turkey Escape Sends Today Show Hosts Ducking for Cover

11/25/2013 // By David Mizejewski

For my monthly appearance on the Today Show this November, I kept with the annual tradition of bringing on a wild turkey and other North American wildlife in celebration of one of our most American holidays, Thanksgiving. Here’s the segment. […] Read more >