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Echinacea purpurea ‘Double Decker’ is a cultivar selected because of its novel, short petals on the top of the cone.

What Is a Native Plant?

5/10/2012 // By Guest Author

What is a native plant? That may sound like an easy question but it isn’t. There are almost as many different definitions as people you ask. Our environment is an extremely elaborate system, with endless inner connections between its parts and that makes it impossible to speak in generalizations. Definitions will always vary depending on the way people or groups of people want to interact with nature. Read more >

Rufous Hummingbird in Flight

Ten Amazing Things About the World’s Tiniest Backyard Birds

5/2/2012 // By Kevin Coyle

Hummingbirds are a definite favorite for so many North American wildlife gardeners, and after you voted last month these tiny wonders have a special place of honor during our Garden for Wildlife Month. There are eight species of hummingbirds that […] Read more >

Alaska Youth for Environmental Action Gather to Address Elected Officials

4/30/2012 // By Max Greenberg

Displaying initiative I couldn’t have imagined as a teenager, 24 young activists (ages 13-18) from around Alaska gathered in Juneau last month for the 12th annual Civics and Conservation Summit, sponsored by Alaska Youth for Environmental Action(AYEA, an NWF project). […] Read more >

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Wildlife Gardening on Today Show

4/28/2012 // By David Mizejewski

Garden for Wildlife Month kicks off on May 1st so I themed my most recent appearance on the Today Show around “backyard wildlife,” native plants, and simple tips on how to make your garden a place for the local critters […] Read more >

Picking up trash at our neighborhood clean-up

3 Tips for a Fun Community Clean-up Day

4/26/2012 // By Carla Brown

Gathering neighbors and friends to beautify your community is a great way to connect with nature… and each other. Read more >

Red-spotted newt in its "red eft" stage climbing through a garden in New York

Photo of the Day: Red-spotted Newt

4/7/2012 // By Rachel Faulkner

Create Wildlife Habitat At Home In just a few easy steps, you can turn your backyard, balcony or patch of grass into a habitat for wildlife. Start gardening for wildlife >> This Photo of the Day was donated by a […] Read more >

Old MacDonald Had a … Garden? 5 Tips to Make Your Vegetable Garden Wildlife-Friendly

4/6/2012 // By Mary Quattlebaum

Yes—Old MacDonald did have a garden!  Jo MacDonald, the granddaughter of the old gent in the popular children’s song, introduces kids to garden creatures in my new children’s book Jo MacDonald Had a Garden. And if he’s an eco-friendly kind of […] Read more >

Rabbit by Sarah Rose

Easter, Eggs and Your Backyard

4/4/2012 // By Mark Wexler

As far as I know, no rabbit has ever left an egg in my backyard during Easter. But birds have, and with spring arriving earlier than usual this year, some of our feathered friends have been busy for days ahead of their normal schedules, building nests on my property. (photo by Sarah Rose) Read more >

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Real ‘White House’ Wives: First Ladies Put Planet First

2/19/2012 // By Megan Miraglia

While the “Real Housewives of DC” occupy their days with dry cleaning, diamonds, and drinking, our nation’s First Ladies have more significant items on their daily to-do lists. On the day that honors our nation’s first men, let’s acknowledge a […] Read more >

David Mizejewski talks about creating an amphibian house.

David Mizejewski talks about Creating Wildlife Habitat

2/17/2012 // By Becky McIntire

This past Saturday David Mizejewski came and chatted with staff and community members at the Willow Creek Hatchery and Habitat Demo Garden in Edmonds, WA. Here you can see him talking to the group about an amphibian house that they […] Read more >