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Kelly Senser is a nature-loving mom who’s passionate about wildlife gardening and outdoor play. Her favorite place to explore is her family’s backyard, which is a Certified Wildlife Habitat site. She's a member of the NWF education team, and her Twitter handle is @klsnature.
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The Goldenrod Allergy Myth

9/26/2014 // By Kelly Senser

Goldenrod blooms are an autumn delight—both for human admirers and wildlife visitors. I can’t help but smile when I see the sunny blossoms, teeming with pollinators. That’s what makes hearing the native plants (Solidago spp.) regarded as the main cause […] Read more >

Tennessee Wildlife Federation created QR code cards to help raise awareness of its Hunters for the Hungry program.

With Support of Nonprofits, Hunters Help to Feed Nation’s Food Insecure

11/7/2013 // By Kelly Senser

Good nutrition. It’s an essential component of healthy living. Food fuels physical growth, mental well-being, academic achievement and economic productivity. But according to research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 14.5 percent of U.S. households are food insecure. That means […] Read more >

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Endangered Species Designation Offers Diamond Darter a Chance to Shine On

8/7/2013 // By Kelly Senser

The diamond darter (Crystallaria cincotta), a tiny fish that has faced serious threats, will now be protected under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced late last month. The diamond darter’s protected status will take effect […] Read more >

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Looking Out for Bicknell’s Thrushes in New Hampshire and Beyond

6/27/2013 // By Kelly Senser

Despite closing down in 1984, the Mittersill Ski Area in New Hampshire’s White Mountains never stopped attracting skiers. Wooed by the challenging terrain, these adventure seekers risked getting injured or lost in the unpatrolled landscape. To address this problem, the […] Read more >

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Damselflies, Dragonflies and Unexpected Discoveries

8/10/2012 // By Kelly Senser

I’ve got a new hideout. At least that’s what my son calls it—the natural area by the stream down the street. We had stopped by the other day, hoping to catch a glimpse of some tadpoles. We discovered so much […] Read more >

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“Let’s Go for a Walk” and Other Loving Invitations

3/22/2012 // By Kelly Senser

I LOVE YOU isn’t always expressed in those exact words, but the message is just as sweet to my ears. When my 11-year-old daughter says “Let’s go for a walk, Mom,” I pause, smile and promptly put on my sneakers. […] Read more >

Backyard Wonderland

10/29/2011 // By Kelly Senser

Though the winter season is weeks away, we were offered a taste of it today. Such put me in a musical mood. This song, sung to the tune of “Winter Wonderland,” is dedicated to my Be Out There friends. When […] Read more >

Outdoor Adventure Camp Volunteers Named Conservation Heroes

10/12/2011 // By Kelly Senser

For advancing the cause of conservation by turning on young people to the joys and thrills of outdoor sports, Tommie and Theresa Berger were recently named finalists in Field & Stream magazine’s 2011 Conservation Hero of the Year competition. The […] Read more >

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Wildlife That Move Us: A Week-Long Celebration

3/14/2011 // By Kelly Senser

IN 1938, PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT helped National Wildlife Federation launch its first National Wildlife Restoration Week. Held annually ever since, National Wildlife Week (as it is now known) is the Federation’s longest-running education program. Though its topic of focus […] Read more >

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Sign of Spring: Wood Frog Chorus

2/28/2011 // By Kelly Senser

I DID A DOUBLE TAKE when I passed the pond outside my office window this morning: activity! Dozens of frogs were moving about the water in the Certified Wildlife Habitat® at NWF’s headquarters in Reston, Virginia. Handicapped by my nearsightedness, […] Read more >

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