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 …

common loon, tar sands, alberta

Five Things to Know about the Tar Sands Threat to American Birds

Tar sands—a mixture of sand, clay and water from which a dense and extremely viscous form of petroleum, called bitumen, can be extracted—underlie more than 54,000 square miles of northeastern …

Wood duckling jumps from nest by Harlan Albers.

Wood Ducklings Jump, But Don’t Worry, They Bounce

Wood ducks are special to North America because they are found nowhere else in the world. They were threatened with near extinction in the late 1800s and early 1900s when habitat destruction …

Migratory waterfowl in Louisiana

International Migratory Bird Day is Around the Corner!

This May, celebrate International Migratory Bird Day! On May 10th, International Migratory Bird Day will aim to share the many ways that migratory birds matter to us and the earth. …

blog nest robin 400742 Rick Rosenzweig

How to Offer Bird-Nesting Materials in Your Garden

Spring is here, and birds around the world—and in your backyard—are turning into construction crews. It’s nesting time! Many songbirds are master builders, putting together intricately made weavings of twig …

Mitzi Jones captured these two male Gould's turkeys strutting in her backyard in the Huachuca Mountains of southeast Arizona.

Gobble, Strut and Wattle: We’re Talking Turkey

Most everyone is at least a little familiar with the wild turkey. The bird’s signature gobble is easily recognizable, and many people know the story of Ben Franklin pushing for …

Common Loon by Gary Lackie

Biologists Study Impact of BP Oil Disaster On Loons

Just over a year ago, I held a “charismatic megavertebrate” on my lap. As a participant on a research project in the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of …

South Doyle Middle School NWF Schoolyard Habitat & Amphitheater

South Woodlawn Becomes First NWF Community Wildlife Habitat in Tennessee

The City of Knoxville, Tennessee, has a mounting reputation for being a top destination for outdoor recreation. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians Mountains, it’s just about 45 minutes …

Mallard duck coated in oil, March 2013 (via Arkansas HAWK Center)

A Year After Mayflower Disaster, an Oil Spill at Every Turn

A year ago, residents of a quiet suburban neighborhood in Mayflower, Arkansas, watched in horror as heavy, toxic tar sands oil poured out of a burst pipeline, across their yards …

The American White Pelican is huge – it has a nine-foot wingspan, measures over five feet in length, and weighs about 16.4 pounds. Image: mikebaird/Flickr

Oil Spill Threatens Wildlife in the Galveston Bay

Well, it looks like there has been yet another fossil fuel accident. Over the weekend, 168,000 gallons of toxic oil spilled into the Galveston Bay. A Kirby Inland Marine oil barge collided with a cargo …

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