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Girl Power + Shovels = New Wildlife Habitat

Girl Power + 650 Plants + Great Partners = More Wildlife Habitat

6/27/2012 // By Curtis Fisher

Dozens of Girl Scout troop leaders, Verizon and Liberty Mutual employee volunteers, Certified Wildlife Habitat Owners, NWF staff, and what felt like a zillion girl scouts made my last weekend a really special day. On Saturday, June 23, 2012, thousands of …

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.

Monarch Butterfly

Why are Native Plants so Important?

5/14/2012 // By Guest Author

I am often asked why native plants are becoming so popular, and why we’re reading and hearing so much about them these days. I think it’s part of a larger “green movement” that we’re experiencing in our country today. People are becoming more aware and better educated about our environment through organizations like the National Wildlife Federation. There seems to be a sincere desire to live in such a way that our impact on the environment is lessened.

Echinacea purpurea ‘Double Decker’ is a cultivar selected because of its novel, short petals on the top of the cone.

What Is a Native Plant?

5/10/2012 // By Guest Author

What is a native plant? That may sound like an easy question but it isn’t. There are almost as many different definitions as people you ask. Our environment is an extremely elaborate system, with endless inner connections between its parts and that makes it impossible to speak in generalizations. Definitions will always vary depending on the way people or groups of people want to interact with nature.

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Wildlife Gardening on Today Show

4/28/2012 // By David Mizejewski

Garden for Wildlife Month kicks off on May 1st so I themed my most recent appearance on the Today Show around “backyard wildlife,” native plants, and simple tips on how to make your garden a place for the local critters …

Native plants are fantastic at attracting songbirds and pollinators. (Photo donated by Jacqueline Tiles)

Slacker’s Guide to Gardening for Wildlife

4/1/2012 // By Anne Senft

Even lazy gardeners can help wildlife in their neighborhood by following these five simple guidelines.

Make Your Deck Into A Wildlife Oasis: Three Simple Steps.

5/20/2011 // By Kevin Coyle

Do you live in an urban area or apartment complex? Is there a limit to how much green space there is at your home? No worries. With a little confidence and a few simple steps, you can make your own …

Columbine

My Messy Garden: Part 2 – Going to the Nursery

5/9/2011 // By Anne Senft

The search for native plants proves challenging.

Plants were allowed to grow wildly throughout the backyard.

Help! My Garden is a Mess!

5/2/2011 // By Anne Senft

Inspired by Garden for Wildlife Month, we’re committed to whipping our garden into shape.

Certified Wildlife Habitat gift certificate

Habitat Certification and Other Gifts for Gardeners

12/6/2010 // By Kelly Senser

Because my mom delights in welcoming birds, butterflies and other critters to her garden, I recently surprised her with a Certified Wildlife Habitat® gift certification. It required knowing how she provided wildlife with food, water, shelter and places to raise …

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