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Photo by Mark Brinegar.

Take the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

6/3/2015 // By David Mizejewski

The National Wildlife Federation is joining with dozens of conservation and gardening organizations as well as seed groups to form the National Pollinator Garden Network and launch a new nationwide campaign – the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. Designed to accelerate …

NWF’s Wildlife Habitat and Sustainability Educator Darcy McKinley Lester visits the 8th Street Pocket Park, one of the certified wildlife habitats in Missoula, MT.  Photo by Steve Woodruff.

Do You Garden For Wildlife?

5/27/2015 // By Kate Sutherland

We often picture wildlife habitat as, well, wild: forests, rivers, and mountain peaks.  However, the green spaces around our homes also provide important wildlife habitat for songbirds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators, as well as small mammals, frogs, snakes and …

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market in Lewes, DE offers an array of freshly grown vegetables. Photo by Abby Barber

Eating and Growing Local to Sustain Wildlife

4/24/2015 // By Abby Barber

Farmers markets benefit local communities in a variety of ways, from boosting the local economy to supplying an array of fresh, oftentimes sustainably grown food to helping small farmers whose farms frequently serve as wildlife habitats. The number of farmers …

Photo by Scott Landseidel

Finding a Fawn: What To Do

4/15/2015 // By David Mizejewski

Every springtime, the National Wildlife Federation gets numerous emails and phone calls from concerned people asking the following question: “I found an abandoned fawn! Where can I take it?” The answer is almost always the same: The fawn isn’t abandoned and …

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How to Live Responsibly Alongside Our Wild Neighbors

3/5/2015 // By Dani Tinker

Urban ecosystems are increasingly becoming critical habitats for wildlife. It’s time we embrace it, roll out the welcome mat and find ways to live responsibly alongside our wild neighbors. This list is simply a starting place, please add your advice and tips …


Create an Enchanted Wildlife Garden

3/3/2015 // By Mary Phillips

Our children have the ability to connect with nature through individual exploration and imagination in our Certified Wildlife Habitat. I often enjoy watching my children playing outdoors and seeing what new things they discover and build such as a treasure-filled …

Swamp Milkweed. Photo Credit: Tom Potterfield, Flickr Creative Commons

Twelve Native Milkweeds for Monarchs

2/27/2015 // By Abby Barber

The monarch butterfly population in North America has plummeted by over 90% in just the last 20 years. Destruction of America’s grasslands ecosystems, commercial agricultural practices and even conventional gardening have all contributed to the precipitous decline of this iconic species. National Wildlife …

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 …

Weekly News Roundup: Giving your Heart to Animals this Valentine’s Day!

2/13/2015 // By Linda Argueta

For those of you who don’t already have a Valentine – and even those of you who do – try doing something a little different this year and give your heart to one of these amazing wild animals! One of …

Monarch being released after emerging. Photo by Avelino Maestas.

High Stakes in Declining Monarch Butterfly Populations

2/12/2015 // By Tiffany Woods

As a child, I loved to spend my time chasing the majestic monarch butterflies as they danced around the woods and garden on my parents’ small farm in rural Georgia. Now when I spot the distinctive wings that flutter so swiftly …