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Monarch being released after emerging. Photo by Avelino Maestas.

High Stakes in Declining Monarch Butterfly Populations

2/12/2015 // By Tiffany Woods

As a child, I loved to spend my time chasing the majestic monarch butterflies as they danced around the woods and garden on my parents’ small farm in rural Georgia. Now when I spot the distinctive wings that flutter so swiftly […] Read more >

Squirrel in a pumpkin by Katherine Flickinger.

How to Recycle Halloween Pumpkins for Wildlife

10/30/2014 // By Dani Tinker

One of my favorite parts of Halloween, is carving pumpkins. My evening walks through the neighborhood are even better with the bright orange pumpkins, highlighting the colors of autumn, and showing off creative designs. After the trick-or-treaters clear away, and Halloween is […] Read more >

The Preserve was the first approved “Waif Tortoise Recipient Site” in the state and in December 2011 we adopted 4 female gopher tortoises.  Photo from City of Oakland Park.

Threatened Gopher Tortoises Benefit from Florida Community Wildlife Habitat

7/22/2014 // By Patrick Fitzgerald

Our amazing Garden for Wildlife volunteers in Oakland Park, FL are making a difference for the threatened gopher tortoise. The city, which is located in Broward County and is smack dab in the middle of the Miami metropolitan area, is working to […] Read more >

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Not a Bird! Unexpected Bird Bath Visitors

6/10/2014 // By Danielle Brigida

Providing water for wildlife on your property is one of the required steps to having a Certified Wildlife Habitat and many fulfill the requirement by having a bird bath. While providing water this way can help wildlife, it is important to […] Read more >

garlic mustard in an NWF bag

5 Ways to Make the Most Out of Garden for Wildlife Month

4/28/2014 // By Danielle Brigida

Every May we celebrate Garden for Wildlife Month as a way to remind us to prepare our gardens for wildlife, highlight amazing stories, and share tips with one another. Since the birth of NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program back in 1973, people have […] Read more >

Bumble Bee by Julie Chen

5 Facts About Bumble Bees—and How To Help Them

4/26/2014 // By Laura Tangley

If asked to name a key pollinator in the United States, you’re likely to think first of the honey bee. Native to Europe, honey bees were introduced to North America during the 1600s and have been busily pollinating our crops […] Read more >

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How to Offer Bird-Nesting Materials in Your Garden

4/24/2014 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Spring is here, and birds around the world—and in your backyard—are turning into construction crews. It’s nesting time! Many songbirds are master builders, putting together intricately made weavings of twig and leaf, stem and fluff, hair and moss. Some nests, […] Read more >

Installing a raingarden in a Washington DC backyard. Credit: A. Frayer

Your Backyard: A Stormwater Sponge

3/28/2014 // By Kara Reeve

As urban areas have grown, we have altered nature, replacing it with sidewalks, parking lots, roads, and other man-made structures. Our development patterns have not only led to harmful levels of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, causing the climate […] Read more >

Wood frog by Dave Huth.

5 Frogs Coming to a Pond Near You

3/19/2014 // By Dani Tinker

The beginning of spring signals the return of frogs to local vernal pools, streams, and wetlands. Frogs are amphibians, which means “double life,” because they live part of their lives on land, and part of it in water. That means […] Read more >

Bluegill on hook baited with earthworm (US Fish and Wildlife Service)

Ten Things to Know about Earthworms

2/26/2014 // By Roger Di Silvestro

As winter draws to a close, gardeners begin their spring migration into the outdoors, leaving winter dens behind and coming into contact with the harbingers of the shifting seasons: shovels, hoes and trowels. Oh, and earthworms. Anyone prone to working […] Read more >