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Cottontails feed mainly on herbaceous plants such as clovers, grasses, and low broad-leafed weeds in summer and buds, twigs, and bark in winter. (Photo: Chuanxiao Li)

Six of the Sexiest “Vegetarians” in Your Backyard

7/10/2012 // By Anne Senft

Enjoy these plant-eating beauties found in backyards across the nation. Read more >

Barred Owl by Peggy Hanna

Things That Go Bump—or Hoot—in the Night: 5 Animals You May Hear While Camping in Your Yard

6/1/2012 // By Laura Tangley

Welcome to June, officially designated as Great Outdoors Month by the federal government and several states across the country. Here at the National Wildlife Federation, we’ll be celebrating the outdoors in a big way on June 23 with NWF’s Great American Backyard […] Read more >

egret, National Wildlife photo contest, Rob Sheppard

An Expert’s Tips: How to Make Better Nature Photos

5/21/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

You’ve probably seen photographer Rob Sheppard’s images in National Wildlife magazine. Based in Southern California, he’s worked as a nature photographer for nearly 30 years. In addition to shooting photos for magazines, he offers nature photography workshops in which he […] Read more >

Photo: Jim Brown

Backyard Wildlife Color of the Week: YELLOW

5/18/2012 // By Anne Senft

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

Brown Pelican by Kelle Herrick

Back from the Brink: A Photo Gallery of Birds Helped by the Endangered Species Act

5/16/2012 // By Laura Tangley

This Friday, May 18, 2012, the nation celebrates Endangered Species Day. To mark the event, we’re sharing photos of five North American bird species that represent endangered species success stories. To ensure that these birds continue to recover–and to provide […] Read more >

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 >