National Wildlife magazine

Fuzzy-legged Leafcutter Bee (Megachile melanophaea) by Clay Bolt

Sharing a Passion for “Beautiful Bees”

Like most people, Clay Bolt once pictured the familiar black-and-yellow-striped honey bee as soon as he heard someone say the word “bee.” These much beloved but beleaguered insects were brought …

Bumble Bee by Julie Chen

5 Facts About Bumble Bees—and How To Help Them

If asked to name a key pollinator in the United States, you’re likely to think first of the honey bee. Native to Europe, honey bees were introduced to North America …

Common Loon by Gary Lackie

Biologists Study Impact of BP Oil Disaster On Loons

Just over a year ago, I held a “charismatic megavertebrate” on my lap. As a participant on a research project in the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of …

Raccoon kits by Barbara Fleming

How to Keep Wild Raccoons Wild

Whether you live in the country, the city or the suburbs, if you’re frequently out and about after sunset, you’ve likely encountered a raccoon or two in your yard or …

Purple Martin by Richard Winegar

The Case of the Missing Martins

Augochlorella aurata

Photo Gallery: Surprising Backyard Bees

Northern Cardinals by Paul Brown

Help Bugs—and Birds—By Growing Native Plants

Buntings at bird feeder by Bernard Friel

Summer Bird Feeding: the Case For and Against

Should you take your bird feeders down for the summer? The answer may depend on where you live. Ever since I started feeding backyard birds several years ago, I’ve religiously …

Swamp milkweed and monarch butterfly by Victor Quintanilla

Monarch Butterflies in a Changing World

On a recent trip to California, I stopped by Natural Bridges State Beach, a lovely seaside protected area in Santa Cruz that’s best known for the monarch butterflies that overwinter there. …

Certified Wildlife Habitat, Washington, DC

Wildlife Gardening: Don’t Forget the Neighbors

When I bought a house on a large corner lot a decade ago, I was in a hurry to convert the lawn as quickly as possible to a lush, plant-filled …

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