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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-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 […] 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 >

Gardening for Wildlife in Indiana

1/30/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Certified Wildlife Habitat participant Pat Grigg. Gardening for wildlife was not the original plan for my modest-sized garden. Many years ago I planted flowering plants, shrubs and trees to be seen from every window, and to flower […] 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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Snowfall, Wildlife and Gardens

12/13/2013 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Have you been dreaming of a white Christmas, or dreading it?  Either way, the very essence of winter in temperate climes is snow. And what a wonderful thing snow is. Think of it—when temperatures are low enough, water falls from […] Read more >

American toads use the leaf litter to hide and hibernate.

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 >