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What to do With Fallen Leaves

11/12/2014 // By David Mizejewski

You shouldn’t feel obligated to rake up every last leaf in your yard this fall.  Leave leaves on the ground — they have a lot of benefit to wildlife and your garden.  Below are some tips on how to minimize […] Read more >

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Researchers Recognize Conservation Agriculture’s Benefits

11/7/2014 // By Ryan Stockwell

For the first time, a land grant university has recognized the benefits of a conservation practice to productivity and is changing recommended fertilizer rates accordingly. Read more >

Acorn Woodpecker with Acorn

Nuts for Wildlife

9/30/2014 // By David Mizejewski

When we think of autumn, the first image that comes to mind is colorful leaves falling from the trees. Leaves, however, aren’t the only thing falling in the fall. This is the season of the nut as well, and many species […] Read more >

Monarch Butterfly by Bernadette Banville

The Goldenrod Allergy Myth

9/26/2014 // By Kelly Senser

Goldenrod blooms are an autumn delight—both for human admirers and wildlife visitors. I can’t help but smile when I see the sunny blossoms, teeming with pollinators. That’s what makes hearing the native plants (Solidago spp.) regarded as the main cause […] Read more >

Autumn Leaves on Shilhowee Mountain

Why Leaves Fall from Trees in Autumn

9/5/2014 // By Roger Di Silvestro

French author Albert Camus tells us, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” And what opulent bouquets the leaves of autumn do create—whole mountainsides of dazzling color. But nature has a way of combining the sublime […] Read more >

Monarch chrysalis by Avelino Maestas.

A Visual Journey Through the Monarch Life Cycle

9/5/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Monarch butterflies have been in the news quite a bit recently, due to their rapid decline. In order to find ways to help, it’s essential to first understand the life cycle of monarchs. When adult monarch butterflies migrate from their overwintering grounds […] Read more >

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Surprising Similarities: What’s Going on in YOUR Backyard?

8/15/2014 // By Guest Author

By Kim Kurki, author of World of Birds: A Beginner’s Guide Did you ever think of hummingbirds and woodpeckers as similar? Until recently, I didn’t. Where I live in Eastern North America, Ruby-throated hummingbirds have been lapping up nectar from […] Read more >

Monarch Butterfly by Bernadette Banville

Get Ready For Monarch Migration

8/1/2014 // By Laura Tangley

If you spot monarch butterflies in your yard this month, there’s a good chance the eggs these insects are laying now will develop into the generation of adults that have made the monarch such an iconic species. Beginning in late […] Read more >

8 Tips to Protect Baby Turtles in Your Yard

7/29/2014 // By David Mizejewski

Last June, Ellen Lambeth and Greg Hudson, fellow staffers here at National Wildlife Federation who work on Ranger Rick magazine, had a pretty awesome wildlife sighting. While Ellen was heading to the compost bin at the back of NWF’s headquarters landscape to deposit food scraps […] Read more >

Snake slithers in Maryland by Hannah Grove.

Eliminating Snakes in Your Yard

7/24/2014 // By David Mizejewski

As National Wildlife Federation Naturalist, I frequently get questions from folks about “getting rid of” wildlife in their yard. Especially snakes. Unfortunately, most of the advice you can find online on the subject is bad. Mothballs are often suggested, but they […] Read more >