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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 …

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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, …

Installing a raingarden in a Washington DC backyard. Photo by 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 …

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 …

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 …

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

2/11/2014 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

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 …

Great Horned Owl by Roger Garber

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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 …

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