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Laura Tangley is a senior editor for National Wildlife magazine and the editor of the Birds & Birding and Wildlife Gardening sections of www.nwf.org. She also manages NWF's Certified Wildlife Habitat Facebook page. Based in Washington, DC, Laura is an avid traveler, birder and wildlife gardener.
An American robin visits a heated birdbath during a snowstorm in Smithtown, New York.  Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Elaine Davis.

Don’t Forget Water for Birds in the Winter!

12/3/2014 // By Laura Tangley

Throughout the hot summer months, backyard birders like me faithfully supply all the fresh water our feathered friends need for drinking, bathing or simply cooling off. By this time of year, however, most of us have covered up or put […] Read more >

Monarch Butterfly by Bernadette Banville

Get Ready For Monarch Migration

8/1/2014 // By Laura Tangley

If you spot monarch butterflies in your yard this month, there’s a good chance the eggs these insects are laying now will develop into the generation of adults that have made the monarch such an iconic species. Beginning in late […] Read more >

Hummingbird moth by Roger Lee

Photo Gallery: Seven Surprising Pollinators

6/17/2014 // By Laura Tangley

We’re all familiar with the beleaguered honey bees and beautiful butterflies that pollinate our crops and wildflowers. But pollinating animal species comprise a diversity of wild creatures, from birds and bats to moths, beetles, flies and even the odd land […] Read more >

Monarch butterfly by Lois Settlemeyer

From Presidents to Wildlife Gardeners, Monarch Butterflies Need All the Help They Can Get

5/21/2014 // By Laura Tangley

It’s not often, if ever, that the White House convenes a meeting on the topic of insects. But that’s just what happened three weeks ago when John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, invited […] Read more >

Bumble Bee by Julie Chen

5 Facts About Bumble Bees—and How To Help Them

4/26/2014 // By Laura Tangley

If asked to name a key pollinator in the United States, you’re likely to think first of the honey bee. Native to Europe, honey bees were introduced to North America during the 1600s and have been busily pollinating our crops […] Read more >

Common Loon by Gary Lackie

Biologists Study Impact of BP Oil Disaster On Loons

4/15/2014 // By Laura Tangley

Just over a year ago, I held a “charismatic megavertebrate” on my lap. As a participant on a research project in the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of Louisiana, I had tucked the common loon’s head under my […] Read more >

Raccoon kits by Barbara Fleming

How to Keep Wild Raccoons Wild

3/31/2014 // By Laura Tangley

Whether you live in the country, the city or the suburbs, if you’re frequently out and about after sunset, you’ve likely encountered a raccoon or two in your yard or neighborhood. Highly adaptable mammals, these masked carnivores seem to make […] Read more >

Great Horned Owl by Roger Garber

Winter Weather’s Fine for Nesting Great Horned Owls

2/10/2014 // By Laura Tangley

Here in North America, where much of the continent is battling ice, snow and bone-chilling cold, this may seem like a very bad time of year for a bird to nest. But to the great horned owl, February is the ideal […] Read more >

Monarchs by Dave Hawkins.

Where Are Migratory Monarchs This Fall?

10/14/2013 // By Laura Tangley

Each fall at about this time, I try to spend a weekend at the Black Walnut Point Inn on Maryland’s Tilghman Island in the Chesapeake Bay. Located on the southern tip of the island, the inn is a perfect place […] Read more >

Purple Martin by Richard Winegar

The Case of the Missing Martins

9/12/2013 // By Laura Tangley

  A few weeks ago, I headed down Interstate 95 from my home in Washington, D.C., to attend a quirky festival, “Gone to the Birds,” held each August in Richmond, Virginia. The festival celebrates purple martins, and it is timed […] Read more >