Praying mantis, photographed in Groton, Connecticut, by Kevin Skrzynski

Backyard Wildlife Photo of the Week: Praying Mantis

Ready for its close-up, this praying mantis looms large over a small crowd of blissfully unaware humans in the background. 17-year-old Kevin Skrzynski noticed the insect while on vacation in Connecticut.

NWF Takes a Closer, Creepy Look at “Climate Invaders!”

The National Wildlife Federation has released our latest report: They Came From Climate Change! This report highlights the species that will end up benefiting from climate change. However, these are …

National Wildlife Week: Thursday’s Tiny Treasures Think You’re The “Creepy” One

It’s National Wildlife Week, and we hope today’s post won’t make you too scared to look under that rock in your yard. There may be creepy crawlies (a.k.a invertebrates) living …

Urban gardeners

How to Experience Nature in the City in Seven Days

Nature in the city? Nothing, nada, zip. Or at least that’s the popular myth. The reality is abundant, quirky, intriguing, green (and pink, brown, gray, black, sleek, furred and feathered). The …

Wildlife Vampires – Part 3

Wildlife Vampires Series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Oxpeckers and Vampire Finches There are several bird species that form symbiotic relationships with larger animals. …

Wildlife Vampires – Part 2

Wildlife Vampires Series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Mosquitoes For mosquitoes, it’s the ladies who are the bloodsuckers. Both sexes feed on flower nectar …

Wildlife Vampires – Part 1

Wildlife Vampires Series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Who’s your favorite vampire? Do you swoon over Edward Cullen and Bill Compton, or are classic …

Woolly Bears as Winter Predictors?

A telltale sign of autumn is the appearance of woolly bear caterpillars moving across backyards, sidewalks and roads. These fat, furry caterpillars are looking for safe places to spend the winter. They …

Fall Swarming Insects

Fall is here!  October is the season of warm days, cool nights and beautiful foliage.  It’s also the time of year that many insect species begin to seek shelter from …

Outdoor Kids: The Space In Between

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

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