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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 …

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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 …

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Six Ways to Save Monarchs

2/10/2015 // By David Mizejewski

Monarch butterflies are in trouble. Over the last few decades, populations of these iconic orange and black butterflies have declined by over 90 percent. The National Wildlife Federation is teaming up with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other …

We all get our meals from the soil in some way...earthworms, robins, and people!  Photo: Ryan Bushby via Wikimedia commons

Celebrate the International Year of Soils! Some things you never knew…

1/23/2015 // By Lara Bryant

The United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils, and it’s high time that we all show the soil a little love. Soil isn’t just for farmers; the earth beneath your feet and your home, in your watershed, …

Feeding Cardnials Photo Credit: Linda Yvonne Flickr Creative Commons

Love is in the Air: Courtship Behavior in Backyard Birds

1/21/2015 // By Kaitlin Parker

February is the month of love, and not just for those who celebrate with a Valentine’s Day card and a box of chocolates.  As spring approaches you may be observing some interesting behaviors exhibited by your backyard birds. Why do …

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10 Nutty Facts to Make You Appreciate Squirrels

1/21/2015 // By Dani Tinker

Why exactly is National Squirrel Appreciation Day (January 21) so popular? Maybe it’s because squirrels are adorable, and extremely fun to watch. Maybe it’s the many hats they wear (not real hats — please don’t put hats on squirrels). What I mean is, they …

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