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Carolina Chickadee by Doug Tallamy

Chickadees Show Why Birds Need Native Trees

4/28/2015 // By Laura Tangley

This year, more than ever, I had been looking forward to songbird-nesting season. The reason? Last spring, my Washington, D.C., yard became one of more than 100 study sites in a three-year research project to investigate how nonnative trees in …

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Songbirds, Migration and Soy: What’s the Connection?

4/27/2015 // By Gabrielle Swaby

Spring season is now in full swing, with bluebells blooming and daffodils dancing. And, even sweeter, there is the sound of songbirds singing. Now is peak migration time for many of these songbirds and they and other neotropical migrants are …

Anna's Hummingbird Nest

Video Diary: One Tiny Hummingbird Family

4/21/2015 // By Guest Author

If you don’t already have an obsessive devotion for hummingbirds like I do, beware: this might change your mind. Hummingbirds are among the worlds smallest and fastest birds. Darting and diving through the sky at faster-than-the-eye speeds that can make even …

Credit: James "Newt" Perdue / USFWS

Small but Mighty: Streams and Wetlands that Matter

4/13/2015 // By Tori Leach

Marshes, wetlands, intermittent streams, and even some lakes fill from rainwater or snowmelt then empty through evaporation—coming and going throughout the year. These small but mighty habitats filter out pollution, ease the effects of flooding, and provide water for wildlife …

Dogs playing on the beach. Photo by Abby Barber

Meet Your Pets’ Wild Relatives

3/13/2015 // By Abby Barber

Ask me to describe my dog, Humphrey, in one word and I immediately think “Wild.”  Not just because he is a sweet-faced troublemaker, but because he reminds me of his wild ancestor, the gray wolf. Like most pets, my dog …

Five Tips for Nesting Box Success

2/26/2015 // By Darcy McKinley Lester

As winter wanes and our thoughts turn to springtime, it’s time to think about nesting boxes for birds.  Many cavity nesting birds scout out and select nest sites starting in late February through May, so now is the time to begin making preparations. While …

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5 Unexpected Animal Noises

2/9/2015 // By Courtney Hyde

For me, watching wildlife videos is a legitimate hobby and pastime. There is nothing quite like coming home after a long day of work and finding out how wildlife would save us all in the event of zombie apocalypse. But …

Weekly News Roundup: Happy 79th Birthday to the National Wildlife Federation!

2/6/2015 // By Linda Argueta

It all started in 1936 when our founder, Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling, had a vision of a federation promoting conservation interests, encouraging social diversity and demanding action from Congress. Many years later, the National Wildlife Federation has blossomed into America’s …

American Avocet

Why Chicks Need Potholes

2/6/2015 // By Jane Kirchner

I find this strange to say, but I want more potholes. Not the failure-of-asphalt kind that wreak havoc with cars. I want more of the kind Mother Nature makes, the ones that beautiful shorebirds like the American Avocet use to …

Pileated woodpecker visiting a backyard suet feeder by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Beau Liddell.

Feeder Friends: A Few Birds You’ll Want to Meet

2/5/2015 // By Dani Tinker

I remember my backyard growing up as a natural wonderland, flowers abuzz with bees, bugs under stones and squirrels chasing each other around. Yet, somehow, I don’t remember the birds! My fierce basketball games must have scared them away. I’ve made up …

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