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Butterfly Heroes’ Highlights and Successes

12/18/2015 // By Erin Sweeney

The National Wildlife Federation’s Butterfly Heroes program sought to bring awareness to the declining population of monarchs and other pollinators and connect gardeners, kids, and families alike to protect these important species. Participants who pledged (by uploading a photo of the ASL symbol for …

Photos: Loraine Bond

Missoula Garden Fosters Healthy Living for Kids and Wildlife

10/28/2015 // By Education Coordinator

The kids at The Parenting Place have gone over the hill. And under it. Constructed last summer by volunteers, a tunnel and slide built into a hill in the backyard of the Missoula, Montana establishment has become one of the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

Monarch butterfly by Lois Settlemeyer

From Presidents to Wildlife Gardeners, Monarch Butterflies Need All the Help They Can Get

5/21/2014 // By Laura Tangley

It’s not often, if ever, that the White House convenes a meeting on the topic of insects. But that’s just what happened three weeks ago when John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, invited …

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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 …

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