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Autumn Leaves on Shilhowee Mountain

Why Leaves Fall from Trees in Autumn

9/5/2014 // By Roger Di Silvestro

French author Albert Camus tells us, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” And what opulent bouquets the leaves of autumn do create—whole mountainsides of dazzling color. But nature has a way of combining the sublime […] Read more >

Atala, Flickr user Brandon Trentler.

A Tale of Three Butterflies: Endangered Species and the Everglades

8/12/2014 // By Sara Gonzalez-Rothi

Can you imagine a place where alligators and crocodiles live side-by-side? It isn’t a fairytale: it is America’s Everglades! The historic Everglades ecosystem once encompassed 11,000 square miles. Home to a mind-boggling diversity of plants and animals, the River of […] Read more >

Virginia opossum, gardening, NWF, National Wildlife Federation

Opossums and Gardening: A Few Things to Know

7/28/2014 // By Roger Di Silvestro

The opossum is one of the most frequently encountered U.S. wildlife species, showing up in woods and swamps, plains and marshes, cities and suburbs—and in backyard gardens, where it may play some important roles in controlling garden pests and even […] Read more >

Doane Wildlife and Conservation Organization/Sarah Genrich photographer

NWF Certified Wildlife Habitats Coming to a College Near You!

6/26/2014 // By Kristy Jones

National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife program has been helping individuals and communities certify their wildlife habitats and take action on behalf of wildlife since 1973. The program engages homeowners, businesses, schools, colleges, churches, parks and other groups that are […] Read more >

A soldier ant in Western Ghats, India, carries a larva on its head. Meeting one another's needs is a key behavior of social ants. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Sandesh Kadur.

The Life of Ants in Your Garden

6/24/2014 // By Roger Di Silvestro

As almost every U.S. gardener knows—they are out there. They are out there in teeming millions, they are out there in colonies and queendoms. They are out there on the earth, on the shrubs, on the trees. They are ants, […] Read more >

Kelly Moore grew a field of poppies in honor of her father, pictured, who was known for his own poppy garden earlier in life. Photo donated to the National Wildlife Photo Contest.

How to Garden Your Way to Health and Happiness

6/6/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Growing up, I didn’t need anything to motivate me outside, but I tried my best to profit from it. I had a neighborhood business pulling weeds, raking leaves, planting trees and watering flowers while neighbors were out of town. I […] Read more >

Weekly News Roundup: Great American Backyard Campout Quickly Approaching and more

5/30/2014 // By Linda Argueta

With June only a couple of days away, that leaves our Great American Backyard Campout only a couple of weeks away! This year, we are aiming for 200,000 people to join our Campout! Have you pledged to campout this year? If […] Read more >

A Georgia chipmunk with cheeks packed with seeds gathered at a garden feeder. Sometimes chipmunks will drop seeds into flower pots, leading to unexpected growth for gardeners. The habit is part of the rodent's natural ecological role as a seed spreader. Photo by Barb Dunlap

Keeping the Peace Between Gardeners and Chipmunks

5/27/2014 // By Roger Di Silvestro

When I first moved into one of Washington, D.C.’s Virginia suburbs, shrouded with heavy woodlands, I was thrilled by a little flash of energy that rocketed past me one day as I stepped from house to backyard. Was that a […] Read more >

A bee in a fishhook cactus flower. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Kelly Brewer.

If It Weren’t for Pollinators…

5/19/2014 // By Becca Shapiro

Birds, bees, bats, butterflies, beetles – these small pollinating animals are responsible for providing us with food, fibers, medicines, and more. Pollination occurs when pollen is moved from one flower to another of the same species, allowing fertilization to occur. […] Read more >

RedLeggedFrog_Jamie Bettaso Marin

Helping California’s Legendary Frog Go the Distance

5/16/2014 // By Anne Bolen

Last fall, even before we had hints of the severity of the drought that is ravaging California, I was staring at a small pond in the central part of the state and wondering how could this drop in a very […] Read more >