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Nuttall's woodpecker fledgling by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Anthony Mancini.

8 Wonky and Wonderful Woodpecker Adaptations

12/15/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Each winter I’m absolutely thrilled to see woodpeckers in the woods of Virginia. Woodpeckers are a welcome part of my cold weather hikes, when wildlife sightings become more rare. I’ve had a few looming curiosities about these birds. For example, how […] Read more >

Summer tanager by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant John Bomar Jr.

Seven Red Birds for the Holidays

12/10/2014 // By David Mizejewski

Red is a color associated with Christmas, Yule and the winter holiday season in general. Here in North America, we don’t have too many wildlife species that are red. There are a few reptiles that have a bit of red […] Read more >

Rufous hummingbird by Ronald T. Sells

Weekly News Roundup: Catering to Birds during the Winter Months and More

12/5/2014 // By Linda Argueta

Throughout winter, many bird lovers put away their birdbaths and fountains assuming they won’t be needed again until the spring. What many don’t realize though, is that water is just as important in the cold months as it is during […] Read more >

Waxwing eats berries

Winter Berries for Birds

12/4/2014 // By Mary Phillips

Food is one of the four essential elements for wildlife habitat, and berry-producing shrubs are one of the best food sources for birds, particularly in the winter when other food sources are scarce. Common bird species that do not migrate, […] Read more >

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 >

Scarlet Tanager. Photo credit:

Working to Protect Wildlife at the International Climate Change Conference

12/3/2014 // By David Burns

Over the next two weeks, National Wildlife Federation staff will be blogging from the annual international climate negotiations (COP20 - or 20th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), which opened Monday in Lima, Peru.  In […] Read more >

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Flora of Wax Lake: Louisiana’s Best-Kept Secret to Coastal Restoration

12/2/2014 // By Maggie Yancey

Read the original post at Delta Dispatch. The Wax Lake Delta, a lush secluded enclave of natural beauty located in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya River Basin, is a hunter’s paradise among many wonders most people wouldn’t expect. The delta is known for […] Read more >

Soybean plantation: Photo: Tiago Fioreze

The Amazon Soy Moratorium is safe!

11/25/2014 // By Simon Hall

  Despite repeated attacks, the Soy Moratorium in the Brazilian Amazon is safe—at least for a while. This is a huge win, not only for tropical forest conservation, but also for wildlife habitat and biodiversity. Earlier this year, the Brazilian soy […] Read more >

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What to do With Fallen Leaves

11/12/2014 // By David Mizejewski

You shouldn’t feel obligated to rake up every last leaf in your yard this fall.  Leave leaves on the ground — they have a lot of benefit to wildlife and your garden.  Below are some tips on how to minimize […] Read more >

Weekly News Roundup: Photo Contest Winners Revealed and More!

11/7/2014 // By Linda Argueta

After an incredible 29,000 entries and countless votes from wildlife enthusiasts across the country, the winners of the 2014 National Wildlife Photo Contest have been released! Our contest winners will be featured in an upcoming issue of National Wildlife magazine! […] Read more >