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

How to Enjoy Owls in Winter (or Anytime)

1/29/2014 // By Dani Tinker

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 learn about owls first-hand this winter. Go on an owl …

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

Why Dragonflies Would Make Brilliant Spies

8/23/2013 // By Dani Tinker

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 million years, evolving impressive abilities & sharp senses to take …

Mud Run

Get Dirty, Muddy, Happy and Healthy

6/29/2013 // By Dani Tinker

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 a barrier to getting outside. But mud is a key …

Fox squirrels

Photo of the Day: Fox Squirrel Quarrel

12/11/2012 // By Rachel Faulkner

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 the next Photo of the Day! Share your images with …

Female rufous hummingbird hovering above water droplets

Photo of the Day: Rufous Hummingbird

4/5/2012 // By Rachel Faulkner

Backyard Photography Tips Candid Cameras: Three nature photographers share their secrets for getting great images of backyard birds How I Turned My Backyard Into a Photo Zone   This Photo of the Day was donated by a participant in the …

Pacific tree frog

Backyard Nature Photo of the Week: Pacific Tree Frog

10/12/2010 // By Hannah Schardt

Tree frog? What tree frog? Efren Adalem spotted and photographed this tiny, well-camouflaged Pacific tree frog (Pseudocris regilla) in his Watsonville, California, backyard.

Fresh Snow Reveals Visitors to NWF’s Backyard

2/2/2010 // By Miles Grant

A winter backyard can look barren. But is that reflection of reality, or just a measure of how little we really look?