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Purple Martin by Richard Winegar

The Case of the Missing Martins

9/12/2013 // By Laura Tangley

  A few weeks ago, I headed down Interstate 95 from my home in Washington, D.C., to attend a quirky festival, “Gone to the Birds,” held each August in Richmond, Virginia. The festival celebrates purple martins, and it is timed […] Read more >

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The Salad Bar is Open for Backyard Wildlife

9/4/2013 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Amanda Frayer When we moved into our house in Washington D.C., our yard was turf, pavement and invasive species. We knew it wasn’t a true ecosystem, though it showed a few signs of life. So my husband […] Read more >

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Photo Gallery: Surprising Backyard Bees

8/7/2013 // By Laura Tangley

Until a few months ago, if someone said the word “bee,” I’d immediately picture the familiar black-and-yellow-striped honeybee or perhaps a big, fuzzy bumblebee—both regular summer visitors to the flowers in my yard. But a trip last spring to the […] Read more >

By shooting close to the ground, photographer Rolf Nussbaumer  Western Diamondback Rattlesnake image is larger than life!

5 Last-Minute Steps to Enter the National Wildlife Photo Contest This Weekend

7/19/2013 // By Avelino Maestas

If you hadn’t heard, the deadline was extended for the National Wildlife Photo Contest. Hopefully this will give many of you the time you need to complete your entries and ensure you have a chance at that grand-prize trip to […] Read more >

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San Francisco Airport Marriott Gives a Hoot for Barn Owls

7/9/2013 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Last year a guest at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront reported a rather unusual visitor to hotel management. People staying at the hotel expect views of the San Francisco Bay from their rooms, but they didn’t anticipate opening their […] Read more >

Photo by Hari Viswanathan.

Mountain Lion Seeks Backyard Oasis

6/24/2013 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Hari Viswanathan. On May 18, this beautiful mountain lion stopped by my parent’s backyard pond in Los Alamos, N.M., adding to the long list of amazing wildlife encounters over the years. Our pond—called Warbler Pond due to the […] Read more >

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Beekeeping Offers a Connection with Nature

6/20/2013 // By David Ruckman

NWF’s lead online developer shares memories of his beekeeping hobby. Read more >

Campus Ecology Fellow Ellen Teygart collects a soil sample from the field. Image credit Brittany Prischak.

Campuses Safeguard Wildlife, Cut Carbon Pollution

6/20/2013 // By Sara Gassman

Sure you’ve noticed the extreme weather events of the past few months: extended drought, supercharged storms. But do you know the specific effect of climate change on wildlife at your campus and in your community? The 2013 NWF report “Wildlife in […] Read more >

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Facebook Employees Rally Around Foxes—And Earn a Certified Wildlife Habitat!

6/18/2013 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

When strolling through the Menlo Park headquarters of the technological giant Facebook, one might expect to encounter packs of software engineers or herds of hackers, but a skulk of gray foxes? Perhaps sensing the “friendly” nature of Facebook’s business, a […] Read more >

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Photo Gallery: Seven “City Birds”

5/30/2013 // By Laura Tangley

Hear the words “city birds” and you’re likely to picture a handful of common nonnative species such as the European starling, house sparrow and pigeon. But a long-term survey of breeding birds in Baltimore, Maryland, has revealed that a surprising […] Read more >