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Monarch feeding on Prairie Verbena. Photo by Marya Fowler

Collaborating to Save the Monarch Migration

2/5/2016 // By Grace Barnett

The migration of monarch butterflies is one of the natural world’s most epic journeys. The eastern population of monarchs flies up to 3,000 miles from their summer homes in America’s backyards and grasslands to wintering grounds in Mexico’s mountain forests. …

Shrubs and flowers that support migrating monarch butterflies are also in full bloom in the fall, like this flowering groundsel bush, a cousin of the western coyote bush. Photo by Stacy Small-Lorenz

Wild Times at the Jersey Shore: Cape May National Wildlife Refuge

10/16/2015 // By Stacy Small-Lorenz

Maybe forest isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Jersey Shore. But this was just one of the sights I encountered on the Delaware Bay Unit of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge on an …

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America’s Most Amazing Wildlife Migrations

8/7/2015 // By Dani Tinker

Summer is often a season bustling with travel. We go to relax, visit friends, experience new sights or relish the familiar. When wildlife travel, however, it’s typically a matter of survival. These species embark on incredible journeys each year, to and from their seasonal …

Weekly News Roundup: Action for Mule Deer and more

5/1/2015 // By Linda Argueta

Coal mining is threatening the habitat mule deer need to live and raise their young. The Department of the Interior needs to stop subsidizing coal companies that are destroying their habitat. Luckily, the Department is currently considering new rules to …

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Songbirds, Migration and Soy: What’s the Connection?

4/27/2015 // By Gabrielle Swaby

Spring season is now in full swing, with bluebells blooming and daffodils dancing. And, even sweeter, there is the sound of songbirds singing. Now is peak migration time for many of these songbirds and they and other neotropical migrants are …

Monarchs by Mariam Ohanjanyan

Western Monarchs: Why 1 Percent Matters

4/3/2015 // By Laura Tangley

A sunny, picture-perfect day on the California coast in late February turned even better when I arrived at a tiny sanctuary in Pacific Grove and found the air filled with butterflies—scores of bright, orange-and-black monarchs fluttering among the branches of fragrant …

Polar Bears by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant James Seith.

Watch 1,000 Polar Bears Spar and Nap as They Wait for Hudson Bay to Freeze (Live Cam)

11/4/2014 // By Rachel Faulkner

An estimated 1,000 polar bears gather annually near the Churchill, Canada and wait for Hudson Bay to freeze over so they can hunt seals and other marine mammals. This live stream reveals what polar bears do as they wait for the water to freeze. This …

Monarch Butterfly by Bernadette Banville

Get Ready For Monarch Migration

8/1/2014 // By Laura Tangley

If you spot monarch butterflies in your yard this month, there’s a good chance the eggs these insects are laying now will develop into the generation of adults that have made the monarch such an iconic species. Beginning in late …

Osprey photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Kim Taylor in Alexandrai, VA.

Is the Seahawk a Real Bird?

1/31/2014 // By Dani Tinker

My hometown is Portland, Oregon. We do not have a professional football team. I’ve always cheered for the Seahawks, but it took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out that they are real birds. Commonly known as ospreys, these …

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No Till, Cover Crops and Wildlife: A Lively Combination

11/5/2013 // By Ryan Stockwell

After harvest of winter wheat earlier this year, an interesting thing happened: my field, with the wheat residue remaining and cover crops growing, became migratory waterfowl Mecca. Why was this?  Well, simply put, a number of management decisions related to …

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