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Northern Cardinals by Paul Brown

Help Bugs—and Birds—By Growing Native Plants

5/9/2013 // By Laura Tangley

Like most environmentally-friendly gardeners, I’ve long known that it’s better to cultivate native than nonnative plants. Adapted to local conditions, natives thrive better—and with less water and other expensive inputs such as fertilizer—than do most exotics. Natives also are less […] Read more >

NWF Naturalist David Mizejewski with an alligator, from the Today Show's Instagram page.

Today Show: Surprising “Backyard Wildlife”

5/1/2013 // By David Mizejewski

It’s Garden for Wildlife Month! In honor of this annual celebration of National Wildlife Federation’s 40-year-old Certified Wildlife Habitat program, I brought some “backyard wildlife” on my Today Show segment this week.  But these animals are definitely NOT the songbirds […] Read more >

National Wildlife Photo Contest entry by Lara Hardesty.

Vote for the Face of Garden for Wildlife Month

4/9/2013 // By Avelino Maestas

Ready? Set? Spring! As you start to welcome Spring to your backyard, which of our contenders for the “Face of Garden for Wildlife Month” are you most excited to see? Meet the contenders, vote for your favorite, and help us […] Read more >

And the Winner of the 2012 Garden for Wildlife Month Meme Contest is…

6/1/2012 // By Megan Blevins

Congratulations to Angie Scharnhorst! She is the winner of the 2012 Garden for Wildlife Month Meme contest! Angie submitted a very “foxy” meme that made the judges “frolic.” Winning Meme Till next time… Thanks to everyone who entered the contest– […] Read more >

My cherry tomatoes on May 30.  These are my pride and joy-- they're growing so well. I don't know why the one is so much bigger, but all three are healthy!

Tom Petty was Right… the Waiting Really is the Hardest Part: An Urban Garden Update

5/31/2012 // By Megan Blevins

In February, I conquered my fear of the gardening world, and began building my own urban garden. With Urban Organic Gardening expert Mike Lieberman at my side and encouraging me that “you don’t need a green thumb, just two opposable ones,” to […] Read more >

Broad-tailed hummingbird in Colorado

Six Tips For Photographing Hummingbirds

5/30/2012 // By Rachel Stemen

Some of the same qualities that make hummingbirds the unique, animated creatures that we love can also make them a challenge to photograph. Here’s some tips that may help you on your quest for great hummingbird photos: Offer Up Some […] Read more >

Monte Sano Civic Assoc, Pres. Marylynn Perry, Roxanne Paul & Team Leader Susan "Soos" Weber proudly display certificate. Photo by Jerry Green.

Monte Sano, Huntsville, Alabama celebrates Community Wildlife Habitat Certification

5/21/2012 // By Roxanne Paul

It seemed only appropriate that the community of Monte Sano in Huntsville, Alabama chose Earth Day to celebrate their recent certification as the first National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat® in the state. Monte Sano is a community of 1600 people named […] Read more >

Photo: Jim Brown

Backyard Wildlife Color of the Week: YELLOW

5/18/2012 // By Anne Senft

Enjoy these beautiful photos of backyard wildlife that are all or partially yellow. Read more >

Monarch Butterfly

Why are Native Plants so Important?

5/14/2012 // By Guest Author

I am often asked why native plants are becoming so popular, and why we’re reading and hearing so much about them these days. I think it’s part of a larger “green movement” that we’re experiencing in our country today. People are becoming more aware and better educated about our environment through organizations like the National Wildlife Federation. There seems to be a sincere desire to live in such a way that our impact on the environment is lessened. Read more >

Like all other blue birds, Indigo Buntings lack blue pigment. Their jewel-like color comes instead from microscopic structures in the feathers that refract and reflect blue light, much like the airborne particles that cause the sky to look blue. (Photo: Steve Creek)

Backyard Wildlife Color of the Week: BLUE

5/10/2012 // By Anne Senft

Enjoy these beautiful photos of backyard wildlife that are all or partially blue. Read more >