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4 Ways to Recycle Your Christmas Tree for Wildlife

1/2/2014 // By Danielle Brigida

Each year, about 25-30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States, mostly from a selection of about 16 species of tree that we commonly call a “Christmas Tree.” They are decorated with lights and ornaments, become backdrops […] Read more >

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12 Things to Know about Mistletoe

12/17/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Often used as a symbol of renewal because it stays green all winter, mistletoe is famed for its stolen-kisses power. But the plant also is important to wildlife, and it may have critical value for humans, too. Extracts from mistletoe—newly […] Read more >

Moss-covered tree, WA, 1927 Credit: Darius Kinsey

3 Cheerful Eco-Friendly Tips to Brighten the Darkest Days of the Year

12/22/2011 // By Patricia Tillmann

Try these three easy eco-friendly tips to brighten your day! 1. Purchase live trees, flowers, and plants instead of cut varieties Beautiful bouquets of flowers are hard to resist, especially in winter when it seems so little is blooming. But, there are […] Read more >

An American Bald Eagle perched on a tree in Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service.

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…” to see Bald Eagles and Wild Ponies

12/22/2011 // By Megan Blevins

Wildlife-Friendly DMV connects wildlife enthusiasts in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia to local wildlife and the National Wildlife Federation. I will share with you the wildlife and nature where I “roam,” and bring to life the stories of […] Read more >

New Mercury Limits Protect Wildlife and People Alike!

12/21/2011 // By Joe Mendelson

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized new air pollution standards that will result in the first-ever national limits on the amount of mercuryspewing from the nation’s coal-fired power plants. Twenty plus years in the making, the new pollution limits […] Read more >

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NOT Alvin and the Chipmunks: 10 Facts You May Not Know about the Real Rodents

12/13/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Christmas time, and our thoughts turn to—chipmunks. Yes, it is odd that a hibernating rodent would become associated with Christmas, but that is the miracle of radio and a hit song for Alvin and the Chipmunks back in 1958 (when they […] Read more >

Buying your holiday tree from a local farm.

Buy Local and Get Your Kids Outdoors — A Christmas Tree Tale

12/9/2011 // By Kristy Myers

I’m always on the hunt for creative ways to enjoy family time outdoors. As a busy parent, I’m also always looking for clever ways to make our family “To Do” list fun. We’d set aside last weekend to do our holiday […] Read more >

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Louisiana Uses Discarded Christmas Trees to Fight Wetland Loss [w/Video]

1/13/2011 // By Craig Guillot

“When you deploy these things, they create a sediment trap and really help the shorelines with erosion protection.” Read more >

Reindeer: Twelve Fascinating Facts About These Amazing Creatures

12/21/2010 // By Kevin Coyle

Reindeer are prominent in our holiday music and images.  They pull Santa’s sleigh, have red noses, have names, and fly.  But how much do you really know about this northernmost deer species? Here are 12 fascinating facts you can use […] Read more >

Outdoor Ideas for the Holidays

8 Easy Ways to Create Your Own Outdoor Holiday Tradition

12/17/2009 // By Anne Cissel

Let’s face it: It might feel a bit claustrophobic in the house at this time of year—with the kids underfoot, relatives hovering over you, and the strain of cooking, cleaning, shopping, and buying presents. Plus—who couldn’t use a brisk walk after eating […] Read more >

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