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6 Excuses to Avoid Yard Work This Fall

11/21/2013 // By Dani Tinker

They grow. They turn brilliant colors. They capture our hearts. Then they make a mess. Leaves can be a hassle, but put the rake down for a moment. It turns out, leaving the leaves in your yard is beneficial to both […] Read more >

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The Wildlife Benefits of Acorns and Oaks

10/16/2013 // By Roger Di Silvestro

The time of year has come during which, when I’m reading in the evening in the silence of my home, I hear a sharp thwack! on the roof, followed by an increasingly quieter bump bump bump bump. Ah yes, the […] Read more >

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Native Shrubs for Fall Color and Wildlife Benefits

10/15/2013 // By Jane Kirchner

I used to relish the brilliant red rush of color that burning bush provides in the fall.  I planted several in my yard and had one I could see through my front door sidelight that was dazzling every October. But even though winged burning bush is widely used in home […] Read more >

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Where Are Migratory Monarchs This Fall?

10/14/2013 // By Laura Tangley

Each fall at about this time, I try to spend a weekend at the Black Walnut Point Inn on Maryland’s Tilghman Island in the Chesapeake Bay. Located on the southern tip of the island, the inn is a perfect place […] Read more >

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Eco Boys And Girls Inspire Kids to Live and Play Sustainably

10/10/2013 // By Avelino Maestas

For Earth Day in 2010, Maria Snyder debuted her characters, the Eco Boys And Girls, at the Liberty Science Center. Snyder, an activist, artist and model, developed Ernie Earth, Lulu Love, Patsy Peace, Ray Recycle and Sammy Sun because she wanted to use her art […] Read more >

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The Case of the Missing Martins

9/12/2013 // By Laura Tangley

  A few weeks ago, I headed down Interstate 95 from my home in Washington, D.C., to attend a quirky festival, “Gone to the Birds,” held each August in Richmond, Virginia. The festival celebrates purple martins, and it is timed […] Read more >

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Ruffled Feathers: The Scraggly Life of Molting Birds

9/10/2013 // By Dani Tinker

I’ve noticed some scraggly looking birds the past few weeks. This time of year, many species go through a molt, which leaves them with a rough appearance. How embarrassing! It sparked my curiosity. I know you’ve probably noticed your own […] Read more >

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The Salad Bar is Open for Backyard Wildlife

9/4/2013 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Amanda Frayer When we moved into our house in Washington D.C., our yard was turf, pavement and invasive species. We knew it wasn’t a true ecosystem, though it showed a few signs of life. So my husband […] Read more >

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Make a Lasting Impression with Schoolyard Habitats

8/27/2013 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Margaret Redman. Over 5,000 schools around the world have certified their campuses with the National Wildlife Federation’s Schoolyard Habitats program. In order to become certified, schools must provide food, water, cover, and places to raise young for wildlife […] Read more >

An Eastern Amberwing Dragonfly. National Wildlife Photo Contest entry by Nicholas Thompson.

Why Dragonflies Would Make Brilliant Spies

8/23/2013 // By Dani Tinker

Dragonflies are impressive, the spies of the natural world. They already have the deceptive cover. They are not dragons. They aren’t even flies! These fascinating creatures have been around for over 350 million years, evolving incredible abilities & sharp senses to […] Read more >