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Love is in the Air: Courtship Behavior in Backyard Birds

1/21/2015 // By Kaitlin Parker

February is the month of love, and not just for those who celebrate with a Valentine’s Day card and a box of chocolates.  As spring approaches you may be observing some interesting behaviors exhibited by your backyard birds. Why do […] Read more >

Squirrel in the Snow

10 Nutty Facts to Make You Appreciate Squirrels

1/21/2015 // By Dani Tinker

Why exactly is National Squirrel Appreciation Day (January 21) so popular? Maybe it’s because squirrels are adorable, and extremely fun to watch. Maybe it’s the many hats they wear (not real hats — please don’t put hats on squirrels). What I mean is, they […] Read more >

Northern Cardinals by Laura Hedgecockk

Tips for Winter Bird Feeding

1/7/2015 // By Laura Tangley

As temperatures drop across much of the country, it’s time to put more thought into what your backyard birds are eating. Providing high-quality food during winter not only entices more birds to visit your yard, it also may help them […] Read more >

Wood frog by Brian Gratwicke on Flickr.

Frogs That Freeze Solid

1/5/2015 // By David Mizejewski

Different animals use different strategies to survive winter. Some species migrate south, others grow thick coats, and some fatten up or stash food reserves. Many species hibernate or go dormant to get through the cold, lean winter. Amphibians are hibernators. Some […] Read more >

Animal Prints by Charlene Clark.

Who Goes There? Identifying Animal Tracks In Your Backyard

12/23/2014 // By Kaitlin Parker

Are you eagerly awaiting the snowy season in order to take a peek at what critters have been scurrying through your backyard? Studying prints left by animals is an ancient activity that was first practiced by those who depended on […] Read more >

Nuttall's woodpecker fledgling by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Anthony Mancini.

8 Wonky and Wonderful Woodpecker Adaptations

12/15/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Each winter I’m absolutely thrilled to see woodpeckers in the woods of Virginia. Woodpeckers are a welcome part of my cold weather hikes, when wildlife sightings become more rare. I’ve had a few looming curiosities about these birds. For example, how […] Read more >

Waxwing eats berries

Winter Berries for Birds

12/4/2014 // By Mary Phillips

Food is one of the four essential elements for wildlife habitat, and berry-producing shrubs are one of the best food sources for birds, particularly in the winter when other food sources are scarce. Common bird species that do not migrate, […] Read more >

An American robin visits a heated birdbath during a snowstorm in Smithtown, New York.  Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Elaine Davis.

Don’t Forget Water for Birds in the Winter!

12/3/2014 // By Laura Tangley

Throughout the hot summer months, backyard birders like me faithfully supply all the fresh water our feathered friends need for drinking, bathing or simply cooling off. By this time of year, however, most of us have covered up or put […] Read more >

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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 >

June 23 2014 residue cover in no till cover cropped field

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 >