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House finches at a feeder

Natural Backyard Habitats Serve Birds Better

9/4/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

A recent study of residential landscape types and native bird communities in Phoenix, Arizona, suggests that yards mimicking native vegetation and wild lands offer birds “mini refuges,” helping to offset the loss of biodiversity in cities and supporting birds better …

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West Nile Virus and Paying for Prevention

8/30/2012 // By Joe Mendelson

Like many across the country, I enjoy gardening and yard work during the summer. Mosquito attacks, however, have a way of diminishing the fun. Last weekend, I was out in the backyard trimming some bushes when I felt “the bite” – a nasty one going for …

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Fellow Gardeners Share the Best Ways to Attract Backyard Wildlife

8/25/2012 // By Anne Senft

Useful tips from fellow gardeners on creating a backyard haven for wildlife.

Fayetteville, Arkansas Celebrates Certification as a Community Wildlife Habitat

6/29/2012 // By Roxanne Paul

The weather didn’t cooperate when Fayetteville, Arkansas celebrated their recent certification as the first National Wildlife Federation Certified Community Wildlife Habitat in the state of Arkansas, but area residents were unfazed. They said that the rain was badly needed and celebrants gathered …

Girl Power + Shovels = New Wildlife Habitat

Girl Power + 650 Plants + Great Partners = More Wildlife Habitat

6/27/2012 // By Curtis Fisher

Dozens of Girl Scout troop leaders, Verizon and Liberty Mutual employee volunteers, Certified Wildlife Habitat Owners, NWF staff, and what felt like a zillion girl scouts made my last weekend a really special day. On Saturday, June 23, 2012, thousands of …

Students of Pine Jog Elementary, a U.S. Green Ribbon and NWF Eco-School, hold up lettuce from their hydroponic garden.

Black, Orange… and Green! My Alma Mater is a U.S. Green Ribbon School

6/8/2012 // By Hillary Tipton

Now more than ever, I can’t hide my Tiger pride. Last month, I was thrilled to learn that Loveland High School in Loveland, Ohio, was officially named a U.S. Green Ribbon School for excellence in environmental literacy and sustainability. In …

NWF Calls for Campus Case Studies on Sustainability Efforts

6/6/2012 // By Kristy Jones

National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program is calling for case studies on campus sustainability efforts and green jobs training programs from the 2011-2012 academic year; case studies are due on August 3, 2012. NWF’s Campus Ecology program has published case studies …

Georgia Teen Rallies Community Around Community Wildlife Habitat

6/5/2012 // By Roxanne Paul

At first, Johns Creek seems like your typical suburban neighborhood outside of Atlanta.  Residents obviously take great pride in their gardens. What they can also now take pride in is the fact that Johns Creek was recently recognized by the National Wildlife …

My cherry tomatoes on May 30.  These are my pride and joy-- they're growing so well. I don't know why the one is so much bigger, but all three are healthy!

Tom Petty was Right… the Waiting Really is the Hardest Part: An Urban Garden Update

5/31/2012 // By Megan Blevins

In February, I conquered my fear of the gardening world, and began building my own urban garden. With Urban Organic Gardening expert Mike Lieberman at my side and encouraging me that “you don’t need a green thumb, just two opposable ones,” to …

Germanna Community College’s New LEED Silver Science & Engineering Building

5/24/2012 // By Kristy Jones

Germanna Community College in Virginia opened their new green, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver building in early May. The new science & enginneering building, located at Germanna’s Fredericksburg campus, features: ~ Low maintenance landscaping; ~ Vegetative roof; …

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