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Monarch chrysalis by Avelino Maestas.

A Visual Journey Through the Monarch Life Cycle

9/5/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Monarch butterflies have been in the news quite a bit recently, due to their rapid decline. In order to find ways to help, it’s essential to first understand the life cycle of monarchs. When adult monarch butterflies migrate from their overwintering grounds […] Read more >

Atala, Flickr user Brandon Trentler.

A Tale of Three Butterflies: Endangered Species and the Everglades

8/12/2014 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

Can you imagine a place where alligators and crocodiles live side-by-side? It isn’t a fairytale: it is America’s Everglades! The historic Everglades ecosystem once encompassed 11,000 square miles. Home to a mind-boggling diversity of plants and animals, the River of […] Read more >

You can see the proboscis in this picture of a swallowtail butterfly, donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Donna Kert.

Ten Fabulous Facts About Butterflies: A Wildlife Garden’s Best Friend

5/19/2014 // By Kevin Coyle

For great wildlife gardening, it is important to know about pollinators. They can be birds, but most often they are insects that, while feeding on flowers, will help spread pollen to other plants for healthy garden propagation. Bees are the […] Read more >

Garden Quiz

Which Backyard Wildlife Species Are You?

4/4/2014 // By Dani Tinker

We all have a favorite backyard species, beautiful birds, butterflies, mammals or other wonderful creatures. What if they’re your favorite because they remind you of yourself? Find out which species you are and get ready for Garden for Wildlife Month in […] Read more >

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The Best Wildlife and Nature Photos from NWF Staff in 2013

12/31/2013 // By NWF

We’ve done a little looking back at 2013 already—see this piece about our 2013 accomplishments, and this one about the most popular Facebook photos of the year—but we also wanted to share some of our memories of wildlife and nature […] Read more >

Monarchs by Dave Hawkins.

Where Are Migratory Monarchs This Fall?

10/14/2013 // By Laura Tangley

Each fall at about this time, I try to spend a weekend at the Black Walnut Point Inn on Maryland’s Tilghman Island in the Chesapeake Bay. Located on the southern tip of the island, the inn is a perfect place […] Read more >

Team Hummingbird

Wildlife Battle: Team Butterfly vs. Team Hummingbird

10/3/2013 // By Dani Tinker

Today is National Butterfly and Hummingbird Day. That’s a lot to handle in 24 hours. Here’s your chance to show your support for #TeamButterfly or #TeamHummingbird (only the brave will choose to support both)! Let’s raise awareness and show both […] Read more >

Texas Wasp Moth

7 Moths that Make Butterflies Look Boring

7/24/2013 // By Dani Tinker

I still like butterflies, but let’s be honest, moths need some love. They just aren’t as popular as butterflies, and they certainly should be! Both belong to the large order of insects, Lepidoptera, which refers to the tiny scales covering most moth […] Read more >

Swamp milkweed and monarch butterfly by Victor Quintanilla

Monarch Butterflies in a Changing World

3/19/2013 // By Laura Tangley

On a recent trip to California, I stopped by Natural Bridges State Beach, a lovely seaside protected area in Santa Cruz that’s best known for the monarch butterflies that overwinter there. Unlike monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains, which fly up […] Read more >

butterfly on flower by JF Bruzan

5 Fun Things to Do With Kids on Learn About Butterflies Day

3/14/2013 // By Gretchen Pierce

Spring is in the air, and that means that soon something else will be in the air: butterflies! March 14 is Learn About Butterflies Day, so spend some time outside with your kids today and see if you can spot […] Read more >