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Like all other blue birds, Indigo Buntings lack blue pigment. Their jewel-like color comes instead from microscopic structures in the feathers that refract and reflect blue light, much like the airborne particles that cause the sky to look blue. (Photo: Steve Creek)

Backyard Wildlife Color of the Week: BLUE

5/10/2012 // By Anne Senft

Enjoy these beautiful photos of backyard wildlife that are all or partially blue. Read more >

A striking black-winged red bird, the Scarlet Tanager is a common species of the eastern forest interior. Despite its brilliant coloring it is often overlooked because of its rather secretive behavior and its preference for the forest canopy. (Photo: Daniel Marquis)

Backyard Wildlife Color of the Week: RED

5/3/2012 // By Anne Senft

Enjoy these beautiful photos of backyard wildlife that are all or partially red. Read more >

Ruby-throated hummingbird by Bud Hensley

Four Tips For Attracting Hummingbirds

4/30/2012 // By Laura Tangley

Here in the MidAtlantic region, ruby-throated hummingbirds are just starting to show up, returning from their wintering grounds in Central America and Mexico to breed across much of eastern North America. Elsewhere across the country, hummingbirds are on the move […] Read more >

Forest after a fire in Santiam Pass Summit, Oregon

Photo of the Day: Frozen Forest

4/30/2012 // By Rachel Stemen

Climate change is fueling more extreme wildfires in the West.  You can help us fight the effects of carbon emissions and help wildlife everywhere. This Photo of the Day was donated by a participant in the annual National Wildlife Photo Contest. […] Read more >

Flamingo in the West Palm Beach Zoo

Photo of the Day: Flamingo

4/28/2012 // By Rachel Stemen

After you spend some time practicing your flamingo yoga pose, you can learn about some interesting bird myths, including flamingo divorce rates. This Photo of the Day was donated by a participant in the annual National Wildlife Photo Contest. See more photos […] Read more >

Photographer: Ryan Weishalla   Locatoin: Leroy, IL

Ten “Foxy and I Know It” Photos

4/7/2012 // By Anne Senft

Enjoy these gorgeous photos of foxes from across the country. Read more >

Photo: Tsung Yao (T.Y.) Huang

Nature’s “Mirror Mirror”: 13 Spectacular Photos with Water Reflection

3/24/2012 // By Anne Senft

Enjoy these photos that use water reflection to make them extra special. Read more >

Minke Whale

Wildlife Photos We’ll Never Forget

3/8/2012 // By Mark Wexler

Photography has played a prominent role in National Wildlife ever since the first issue came out in 1962. In the 50 years since, the magazine has published more than 14,000 photos taken by thousands of photographers from all over the […] Read more >

Valentine's Day, birds, wildlife, feeding mates

Valentine’s Day: A Holiday for Real Animals

2/13/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Naturalist, writer and NWF Conservation Hall of Fame inductee Ernest Thompson Seton, whose animal tales were popular among a wide audience in the early 1900s, wrote in Wild Animals I Have Known, “Man has nothing that the animals have not at […] Read more >

Snowy owl by Barbara J. Fleming

Bird of the Week: Snowy Owl

7/12/2011 // By Laura Tangley

With the final Harry Potter movie opening this week, J.K. Rowling fans across the country will once again have their minds on owls. On her website, The Owls of Harry Potter, writer, photographer and radio producer Laura Erickson notes: “In J.K. Rowling’s […] Read more >