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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 >

Gray Catbird by Robert Strickland

Bird of the Week: Gray Catbird

6/29/2011 // By Laura Tangley

Of all the wonderful birds that visit my Washington, DC, Certified Wildlife Habitat® site each summer, my very favorite species is the gray catbird. Mostly slate gray—with a small black cap, darker gray tail and rusty patch just under the tail—the […] Read more >

Lesser long-nosed bat by Greg Tucker

Wildlife-Watching at Night: Five Species You May Spot in Your Backyard

6/1/2011 // By Laura Tangley

Welcome to June 2011—a month that has been designated Great Outdoors Month by President Barack Obama and by dozens of states across the country. Here at the National Wildlife Federation, we’re gearing up to celebrate the great outdoors with NWF’s Great American […] Read more >

Brown Pelican by Jim Gray

Bird of the Week: Brown Pelican

5/18/2011 // By Laura Tangley

This Friday, May 20, 2011, the nation will celebrate Endangered Species Day. Of the nearly 2,000 plant and animal species listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act— first passed in 1966 and updated in 1973—few provide better […] Read more >

Canada warber by Darlene Friedman

Bird of the Week: Canada Warbler

5/13/2011 // By Laura Tangley

Across the United States, tens of thousands of birds that have wintered in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean are on the move this month, making their way toward breeding grounds in North America. To celebrate the amazing long-distance feats performed by these […] Read more >

Male ruby-throated hummingbird by William Heban

Bird of the Week: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

4/29/2011 // By Laura Tangley

If you live anywhere within the eastern or midwestern part of the country, you already may have spotted your first ruby-throated hummingbird of the season—or maybe not. These tiny jewels of the bird world, which breed from southern Canada to […] Read more >

Arctic Tern by Amber Barger

Bird of the Week: Arctic Tern

4/8/2011 // By Laura Tangley

The Arctic tern is a “migratory marvel.” In the current issue of National Wildlife,  science writer Jessica Snyder Sachs reports that last year an international team of researchers employed geolocators—tiny animal-tracking devices—to follow the journeys of these seabirds as they […] Read more >

American Redstart by Darlene Friedman

Declining Rainfall in Tropics Affects Migratory Birds

3/31/2011 // By Laura Tangley

Scientists have long believed that changes in day length are the trigger that signals migratory birds wintering in the Tropics to begin flying north for the breeding season. But now that long-held assumption is being challenged by new research focusing […] Read more >