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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 >

Echinacea purpurea ‘Double Decker’ is a cultivar selected because of its novel, short petals on the top of the cone.

What Is a Native Plant?

5/10/2012 // By Guest Author

What is a native plant? That may sound like an easy question but it isn’t. There are almost as many different definitions as people you ask. Our environment is an extremely elaborate system, with endless inner connections between its parts and that makes it impossible to speak in generalizations. Definitions will always vary depending on the way people or groups of people want to interact with nature. Read more >

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#Squirrels4good and Your Nature Favorites

5/8/2012 // By Danielle Brigida

We all have them: certain wildlife visitors that bring us joy and excitement when we happen to see them. I think it’s important to celebrate not only the animals that inspire awe like the polar bear, but also the everyday animals […] Read more >

A striking black-winged red bird, the Scarlet Tanager is a common species of the eastern forest interior. Despite its brilliant coloring it is often overlooked because of its rather secretive behavior and its preference for the forest canopy. (Photo: Daniel Marquis)

Backyard Wildlife Color of the Week: RED

5/3/2012 // By Anne Senft

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

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“Hey Girl,” Goslings Celebrate Garden for Wildlife Month

5/3/2012 // By Megan Blevins

In the spirit of Garden for Wildlife Month here at the National Wildlife Federation, we couldn’t help but share some of our own wild animal babies that just hatched in our garden: goslings.  And what better way to share goslings […] Read more >