Backyard Habitat

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The Beauty in Your Backyard

Even nature’s tiniest details are beautiful – see if you can capture them! Submit to the National Wildlife Photo Contest today!

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Not a Bird! Unexpected Bird Bath Visitors

Providing water for wildlife on your property is one of the required steps to having a Certified Wildlife Habitat and many fulfill the requirement by having a bird bath. While providing …

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Howard Cheek.

Top 7 Garden for Wildlife Questions, Answered

During Garden for Wildlife Month we heard from many of you with questions about creating the best wildlife-friendly gardens. Here are answers to seven of the most frequently asked questions. If you’re …

Snowy owl, like Hedwig, from National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest entrant Kim Leblanc.

How to Enjoy Owls in Winter (or Anytime)

Owls have been in the spotlight recently, from the DC snowy owl to the Colbert Report. They are incredible and elusive creatures. Here are some ways you can experience and …

Wildflowers along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, Washington. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Amanda Frick.

How to Create a Wildflower Meadow

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I was spoiled by the vast exposure I had to the wildly diverse attributes of this region. Summers, an especially wondrous time in my …

An Eastern Amberwing Dragonfly. National Wildlife Photo Contest entry by Nicholas Thompson.

Why Dragonflies Would Make Brilliant Spies

Dragonflies are the spies of the natural world. They already have the deceptive cover. They are not dragons. They aren’t even flies. These fascinating creatures have been around for over 350 …

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Get Dirty, Muddy, Happy and Healthy

Who doesn’t love to splash in puddles, roll in mud, kick up dirt? Apparently a lot of people. Dirt has become a widespread fear for kids (and adults), and ultimately …

First place winner, Backyard Habitats, 2012 National Wildlife Photo Contest. Photo by Alandra Palisser.

National Wildlife Photo Contest Category Spotlight: Backyard Habitats

You don’t have to go on safari or travel to some exotic locale to get wonderful nature photos. The Backyard Habitat category of our National Wildlife Photo Contest celebrates the …

NWF Naturalist David Mizejewski with an alligator, from the Today Show's Instagram page.

Today Show: Surprising “Backyard Wildlife”

It’s Garden for Wildlife Month! In honor of this annual celebration of National Wildlife Federation’s 40-year-old Certified Wildlife Habitat program, I brought some “backyard wildlife” on my Today Show segment …

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Photo of the Day: Fox Squirrel Quarrel

Photo by Flickr member Bob Daveant (daveantphoto) See more of Bob Daveant’s photos on Flickr >> Your Photo Could Be Here We want one of your nature photos to be …

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