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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.
Students at PS 179 in Brooklyn. Photo by Teri Brennan.

Students at NWF Eco-School Help Monarchs

5/7/2015 // By David Mizejewski

It doesn’t get more heartwarming than this.  Students at PS 179 in Brooklyn are learning about the life cycle of monarch butterflies and helping this declining species at the same time.  The school is a participant in National Wildlife Federation’s …

Photo by Scott Landseidel

Finding a Fawn: What To Do

4/15/2015 // By David Mizejewski

Every springtime, the National Wildlife Federation gets numerous emails and phone calls from concerned people asking the following question: “I found an abandoned fawn! Where can I take it?” The answer is almost always the same: The fawn isn’t abandoned and …

Monarch Butterfly

Six Ways to Save Monarchs

2/10/2015 // By David Mizejewski

Monarch butterflies are in trouble. Over the last few decades, populations of these iconic orange and black butterflies have declined by over 90 percent. The National Wildlife Federation is teaming up with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other …

Wood frog by Brian Gratwicke on Flickr.

Frogs That Freeze Solid

1/5/2015 // By David Mizejewski

Different animals use different strategies to survive winter. Some species migrate south, others grow thick coats, and some fatten up or stash food reserves. Many species hibernate or go dormant to get through the cold, lean winter. Amphibians are hibernators. Some …

Summer tanager by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant John Bomar Jr.

Seven Red Birds for the Holidays

12/10/2014 // By David Mizejewski

Red is a color associated with Christmas, Yule and the winter holiday season in general. Here in North America, we don’t have too many wildlife species that are red. There are a few reptiles that have a bit of red …

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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 …

Acorn Woodpecker with Acorn

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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