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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 >

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 >

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The Evolutionary Arms Race Between Rough-Skinned Newts and Garter Snakes

2/11/2014 // By Beth Pratt

A note from NWF’s California Director Beth Pratt: California Conservation Corp crew members and their leader John Griffith have embraced NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program and certified their Ukiah campus, with plans of doing more sites across California. I recently […] Read more >

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Winter Weather’s Fine for Nesting Great Horned Owls

2/10/2014 // By Laura Tangley

Here in North America, where much of the continent is battling ice, snow and bone-chilling cold, this may seem like a very bad time of year for a bird to nest. But to the great horned owl, February is the ideal […] Read more >

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Two Easy, Gooey, Fun Winter Bird Feeding Projects

2/6/2014 // By Carla Brown

Here are two simple, cute projects that you could make right now to help the birds in your yard. Like us, birds and other backyard wildlife are facing more snow and colder temperatures this year than typical in many regions […] Read more >

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Creating a Habitat for Screech Owls

2/5/2014 // By Doug Inkley

On a cold winter day my favorite little screech owl recently spent the afternoon sunning. Dressed in its handsome feathered suit, my screech owl becomes almost invisible sitting in the opening of its nest hole. Usually hidden away in the […] Read more >

A pair of monarch butterflies in Rockland, Maine, fueling up for the trip south. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Gordon Brown.

Monarchs Face New Threats, Losses Along Migration Route

1/31/2014 // By Linda Argueta

The monarch butterfly has always been the most popular, recognizable and well known species of its kind. With its stunning bright orange wings and black and white markings, these butterflies bring smiles to people across the United States during their […] Read more >

Wildflowers along Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, Washington. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Amanda Frick.

How to Create a Wildflower Meadow

1/22/2014 // By Cierra Hunziker

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I was spoiled by the vast exposure I had to the wildly diverse attributes of this region. Summers, an especially wondrous time in my childhood, were spent horseback riding through mountain terrain in the […] Read more >

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4 Ways to Recycle Your Christmas Tree for Wildlife

1/2/2014 // By Danielle Brigida

Each year, about 25-30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States, mostly from a selection of about 16 species of tree that we commonly call a “Christmas Tree.” They are decorated with lights and ornaments, become backdrops […] Read more >

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6 Tips for Feeding Wild Turkeys with Your Garden

11/22/2013 // By Danielle Brigida

Turkeys are some of the most recognizable birds in this country. Holidays like Thanksgiving give us great excuses to learn more than recipes about turkeys and discuss their intriguing history, make turkey-inspired crafts and memorize amusing trivia. As these fascinating and adaptable birds are […] Read more >