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Firefly photographed by Radim Schreiber in Iowa.

Fireflies!

7/31/2009 // By David Mizejewski

The weather’s warm and the kids are on summer vacation, which means it’s the perfect time to get outside and encounter the insect icon of summertime: the firefly. Did you know? Fireflies are actually beetles, not flies.  Lightning bug, their […] Read more >

Part 2: 10 Tips for Keeping Mosquitoes at Bay

7/24/2009 // By David Mizejewski

Read Part 1 here… Remove unnecessary standing water around your home. Typical hot-beds for mosquito reproduction are clogged gutters, flower-pot drainage dishes, children’s play equipment, tarps and any debris that can hold water. Share this advice with your neighbors. Mosquitoes […] Read more >

Mosquitoes, Part 1

7/22/2009 // By David Mizejewski

It’s Mosquito Time! Summer is the prime time for one of our least favorite insects: mosquitoes.  With the wet spring and early summer in many parts of the country, mosquito numbers are likely to be high this year. Life Cycle […] Read more >

Baby Raccoons In NWF’s Backyard

7/1/2009 // By David Mizejewski

This morning at NWF’s headquarters in Virginia, a raccoon mom and her two babies were spotted in the enormous dead standing tree (called a snag) on the edge of the woods behind our building. The snag used to be a […] Read more >

Bald Birds

6/9/2009 // By David Mizejewski

At this time of year, you might start seeing something strange at your bird feeder: bald birds.  Blue jays and cardinals are the most commonly reported bald birds, but it can happen to any number of common backyard species. Ornithologists […] Read more >

It’s Baby Bird Season

6/1/2009 // By David Mizejewski

I was reminded this week that we are in the thick of baby bird season. I was heading out to run some errands a few nights ago and as I was getting into my car I spotted movement across the street.  It […] Read more >

Moms Gone Wild!

5/9/2009 // By David Mizejewski

Motherhood is a life-changing experience for humans and wildlife alike. Wildlife mothers devote precious resources to finding a mate, digging dens, building nests, giving birth and protecting and feeding their babies. Just because they’re not human doesn’t make wildlife mothers […] Read more >

What the Easter Bunny was REALLY Doing

4/13/2009 // By David Mizejewski

This past weekend the Easter Bunny made his rounds, leaving baskets filled with marshmallow peeps,  jellybean-filled plastic eggs, and chocolates made in his image.  But real rabbits and their cousins the hares aren’t interested in baskets and candy.  For them, […] Read more >

Bird Watching: The American Robin

2/18/2009 // By David Mizejewski

Robins in Winter? American robins are found throughout North America and are a symbol of winter’s end. The first appearance of a robin is a sure sign that spring has sprung. But did you know that in most of the lower 48 […] Read more >

Valentine’s Day: Weird Wildlife Mating Rituals

2/13/2009 // By David Mizejewski

While they might not be giving roses and writing love poems, wildlife have some pretty fascinating–and sometimes downright bizarre–courtship and mating rituals of their own.You won’t find singles bars or online dating sites for our furry and feathered friends but […] Read more >