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Swamp Milkweed. Photo Credit: Tom Potterfield, Flickr Creative Commons

Twelve Native Milkweeds for Monarchs

2/27/2015 // By Abby Barber

The monarch butterfly population in North America has plummeted by over 90% in just the last 20 years. Destruction of America’s grasslands ecosystems, commercial agricultural practices and even conventional gardening have all contributed to the precipitous decline of this iconic species. National Wildlife …

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5 Ways to Make the Most Out of Garden for Wildlife Month

4/28/2014 // By Danielle Brigida

Every May we celebrate Garden for Wildlife Month as a way to remind us to prepare our gardens for wildlife, highlight amazing stories, and share tips with one another. Since the birth of NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program back in 1973, people have …

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Cool Plants for Kids: 8 that Explode, Eat Bugs, or Stick to You

10/22/2013 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Heather Stephenson.  Be Out There is excited to partner with the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Kids Outdoors online community to help more kids and families explore the outdoors! By sharing ideas and resources through guest blogs, we’re working to bring …

The Star of the Silent. Photo by Francisco Mingorance. 2012 National Wildlife Photo Contest winner.

National Wildlife Photo Contest Category Spotlight: Landscapes and Plant Life

5/23/2013 // By Rachel Faulkner

One of our most popular annual events is the National Wildlife Photo Contest.  Now in its 43rd year, the Photo Contest attracts entries from all over the world in seven categories and a separate Youth category for kids ages 13 …

40 Green Leaves from my neighborhood

40 Green Leaves

5/15/2013 // By Carla Brown

For Garden for Wildlife month – 40 green leaves from my neighborhood to celebrate that we have been gardening for wildlife for 40 years.

Cedar waxwing feeding on white mulberry

Nonnative Plants: Ecological Traps?

1/28/2013 // By Laura Tangley

When I moved into my first house several years ago, it was also the first time I’d ever had my own yard—and with a double lot located on a corner, it was a substantial yard indeed. A lover of lush …

Bursting heart in early fall

Photo of the Day: Hearts-A-Burstin’

9/6/2012 // By Rachel Faulkner

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 in the fall to reveal orange seeds. Bursting heart is …

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Go Green with a St. Patrick’s Day Garden

3/3/2011 // By Guest Author

On March 17, try this traditional planting activity with your family

National Wildlife Week: Wild Wednesday’s Green Mutants!

3/17/2010 // By Amanda Cooke

I personally haven’t had any Irish luck finding four-leaved mutants, have you? Have a wild, wonderful St. Patrick’s Day and National Wildlife Week!

New Species Of Giant Carnivorous Plant Discovered

8/16/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

A plant that can capture small mammals?  It sounds a little odd but that is what has just been found in the central highlands of the Philippines. Matt Walker at BBC Earth News reports: “The pitcher plant is among the largest of all …

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