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The Salad Bar is Open for Backyard Wildlife

Guest post by Amanda Frayer When we moved into our house in Washington D.C., our yard was turf, pavement and invasive species. We knew it wasn’t a true ecosystem, though …

Bees, Birds and Butterflies: NYC Eco-School PS6 Hosts Gardening Workshop

In early June, over two dozen teachers, parent gardeners, and several students attended a free NYC Eco-Schools workshop “How to Create Wildlife-Friendly Schoolyard Habitats,” led by Eliza Russell, Director of …

Northern Cardinals by Paul Brown

Help Bugs—and Birds—By Growing Native Plants

Like most environmentally-friendly gardeners, I’ve long known that it’s better to cultivate native than nonnative plants. Adapted to local conditions, natives thrive better—and with less water and other expensive inputs …

Aspens in Grand Tetons National Park. National Wildlife Photo Contest entry by William Wiley.

Take Action for Wildlife and Plant a Tree!

Spring is the perfect time to get outside and help local wildlife.  This year, National Wildlife Federation is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of National Wildlife Week  by calling all students — …

Bursting heart in early fall

Photo of the Day: Hearts-A-Burstin’

Also known as the “American strawberry bush”, “hearts-a-burstin’” and “bursting heart”, Euonymus americanus is a deciduous shrub that gets its common names from the bright red fruit that split open …

Photo of cardinal flower and hummingbird donated by Paul Lackey

Learn the Top Native Plants for Your Backyard

Find out which native plants are best for your region.

Photo donated by Danny Brown

Fellow Gardeners Share the Best Ways to Attract Backyard Wildlife

Useful tips from fellow gardeners on creating a backyard haven for wildlife.

Girl Power + Shovels = New Wildlife Habitat

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

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 …

Photo: Jim Brown

Backyard Wildlife Color of the Week: YELLOW

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

Monarch Butterfly

Why are Native Plants so Important?

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.

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