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Outdoor Kids: The Space In Between

10/1/2009 // By Rebecca P. Cohen

Rebecca Cohen finds time–even in the midst of her family’s busy schedules–for nature. Read more >

Ranger Rick Six-Year-Old Helps Cornell Lab and NSF With U.S. Ladybug Recovery

9/17/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

It seems we must never underestimate the power of NWF’s favorite raccoon – Ranger Rick. Here is an AP story about how a motivated six year old Ranger Rick Reader helped Cornell researchers and the National Science Foundation locate a colony and obtain specimens of rare vanishing ladybugs. Mary […] Read more >

Exploring New Places

9/9/2009 // By Mary Quattlebaum

Children’s author Mary Quattlebaum picks some great books about nature that’s not necessarily in your backyard. Read more >

Study: Warmer Climate Is Sending Species Uphill

8/26/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

University of Connecticut ecologists studying plant and animal movement in Costa Rica are finding that species may move up mountain slopes as the climate warms but areas left behind will have little to replace them: AFP in the Vancouver Sun reports: […] Read more >

Migration Begins!

8/24/2009 // By David Mizejewski

August is waning and school is about to start.  Even though it’s technically still summer for another whole month, fall migration is already beginning for some species. The change of seasons is an important influence on animal behavior. Whether it’s the […] Read more >

Outdoor Kids: Rain Play

8/6/2009 // By Rebecca P. Cohen

On a hot summer day, sometimes its hard to keep up with new ways of staying cool. One may not have access to a pool, beach, or local swimming hole. Popsicles and trips down the slip ‘n slide seem to […] Read more >

Firefly photographed by Radim Schreiber in Iowa.

Fireflies!

7/31/2009 // By David Mizejewski

The weather’s warm and the kids are on summer vacation, which means it’s the perfect time to get outside and encounter the insect icon of summertime: the firefly. Did you know? Fireflies are actually beetles, not flies.  Lightning bug, their […] Read more >

Part 2: 10 Tips for Keeping Mosquitoes at Bay

7/24/2009 // By David Mizejewski

Read Part 1 here… Remove unnecessary standing water around your home. Typical hot-beds for mosquito reproduction are clogged gutters, flower-pot drainage dishes, children’s play equipment, tarps and any debris that can hold water. Share this advice with your neighbors. Mosquitoes […] Read more >

Outdoor Kids: “Forced” Family Fun

7/23/2009 // By Rebecca P. Cohen

Forcing fun isn’t really possible, but when my kids are having trouble peeling themselves away from video games, I have been known to put my foot down and take them outside. After just a few minutes, they forget that I […] Read more >

Mosquitoes, Part 1

7/22/2009 // By David Mizejewski

It’s Mosquito Time! Summer is the prime time for one of our least favorite insects: mosquitoes.  With the wet spring and early summer in many parts of the country, mosquito numbers are likely to be high this year. Life Cycle […] Read more >