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Swamp milkweed and monarch butterfly by Victor Quintanilla

Monarch Butterflies in a Changing World

3/19/2013 // By Laura Tangley

On a recent trip to California, I stopped by Natural Bridges State Beach, a lovely seaside protected area in Santa Cruz that’s best known for the monarch butterflies that overwinter there. Unlike monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains, which fly up […] Read more >

Certified Wildlife Habitat, Washington, DC

Wildlife Gardening: Don’t Forget the Neighbors

2/25/2013 // By Laura Tangley

When I bought a house on a large corner lot a decade ago, I was in a hurry to convert the lawn as quickly as possible to a lush, plant-filled haven for wildlife. Too much of a hurry, it turned […] Read more >

Cedar waxwing feeding on white mulberry

Nonnative Plants: Ecological Traps?

1/28/2013 // By Laura Tangley

When I moved into my first house several years ago, it was also the first time I’d ever had my own yard—and with a double lot located on a corner, it was a substantial yard indeed. A lover of lush […] Read more >

Barred Owl by Peggy Hanna

Things That Go Bump—or Hoot—in the Night: 5 Animals You May Hear While Camping in Your Yard

6/1/2012 // By Laura Tangley

Welcome to June, officially designated as Great Outdoors Month by the federal government and several states across the country. Here at the National Wildlife Federation, we’ll be celebrating the outdoors in a big way on June 23 with NWF’s Great American Backyard […] Read more >

Brown Pelican by Kelle Herrick

Back from the Brink: A Photo Gallery of Birds Helped by the Endangered Species Act

5/16/2012 // By Laura Tangley

This Friday, May 18, 2012, the nation celebrates Endangered Species Day. To mark the event, we’re sharing photos of five North American bird species that represent endangered species success stories. To ensure that these birds continue to recover–and to provide […] Read more >

Ruby-throated hummingbird by Bud Hensley

Four Tips For Attracting Hummingbirds

4/30/2012 // By Laura Tangley

Here in the MidAtlantic region, ruby-throated hummingbirds are just starting to show up, returning from their wintering grounds in Central America and Mexico to breed across much of eastern North America. Elsewhere across the country, hummingbirds are on the move […] Read more >

Male rose-breasted grosbeak by Michelle Wisniewski

Bird of the Week: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

9/22/2011 // By Laura Tangley

Glancing out the window at my feeder last weekend, I noticed something unusual: a streaky, buff-breasted, brown bird that was larger—and had a much bigger bill—than the dozen or so house sparrows that surrounded it. What the bird most reminded […] Read more >

Northern pintails by Larry Hitchens

Ready to Fight the Stealth Attack on Wildlife? Part Two: Northern Pintails

8/24/2011 // By Laura Tangley

It’s easy to see why the northern pintail is known as the “greyhound of the air.” A long, slender, small-headed and long-necked duck—propelled by narrow, elongated wings—the sleek pintail seems designed for speed. This quick and graceful flier stands out easily […] Read more >

American goldfinch by Lara Hardesty

Bird of the Week: American Goldfinch

7/29/2011 // By Laura Tangley

A few years ago, the editors of National Wildlife magazine asked readers to vote for which North American bird species they’d most like to see. In the emails and letters that followed, the number one choice, by far, was the […] Read more >

Snowy owl by Barbara J. Fleming

Bird of the Week: Snowy Owl

7/12/2011 // By Laura Tangley

With the final Harry Potter movie opening this week, J.K. Rowling fans across the country will once again have their minds on owls. On her website, The Owls of Harry Potter, writer, photographer and radio producer Laura Erickson notes: “In J.K. Rowling’s […] Read more >