insects

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

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 …

Exploring New Places

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

Study: Warmer Climate Is Sending Species Uphill

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 …

Migration Begins!

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 …

Outdoor Kids: Rain Play

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. …

Firefly photographed by Radim Schreiber in Iowa.

Fireflies!

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 …

Part 2: 10 Tips for Keeping Mosquitoes at Bay

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 …

Outdoor Kids: “Forced” Family Fun

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 …

Mosquitoes, Part 1

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 …

Week Two: A “Bugly” Scavenger Hunt

Bugs are everywhere in nature, regardless of whether you’re a city dweller or a country dweller. I encourage you to take a walk with your kids and see just what you can find as you embark on a Bugly Scavenger Hunt.

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