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Northern Cardinals by Laura Hedgecockk

Tips for Winter Bird Feeding

1/7/2015 // By Laura Tangley

As temperatures drop across much of the country, it’s time to put more thought into what your backyard birds are eating. Providing high-quality food during winter not only entices more birds to visit your yard, it also may help them […] Read more >

Wood frog by Brian Gratwicke on Flickr.

Frogs That Freeze Solid

1/5/2015 // By David Mizejewski

Different animals use different strategies to survive winter. Some species migrate south, others grow thick coats, and some fatten up or stash food reserves. Many species hibernate or go dormant to get through the cold, lean winter. Amphibians are hibernators. Some […] Read more >

Animal Prints by Charlene Clark.

Who Goes There? Identifying Animal Tracks In Your Backyard

12/23/2014 // By Kaitlin Parker

Are you eagerly awaiting the snowy season in order to take a peek at what critters have been scurrying through your backyard? Studying prints left by animals is an ancient activity that was first practiced by those who depended on […] Read more >

Nuttall's woodpecker fledgling by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Anthony Mancini.

8 Wonky and Wonderful Woodpecker Adaptations

12/15/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Each winter I’m absolutely thrilled to see woodpeckers in the woods of Virginia. Woodpeckers are a welcome part of my cold weather hikes, when wildlife sightings become more rare. I’ve had a few looming curiosities about these birds. For example, how […] Read more >

Summer tanager by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant John Bomar Jr.

Seven Red Birds for the Holidays

12/10/2014 // By David Mizejewski

Red is a color associated with Christmas, Yule and the winter holiday season in general. Here in North America, we don’t have too many wildlife species that are red. There are a few reptiles that have a bit of red […] Read more >

Waxwing eats berries

Winter Berries for Birds

12/4/2014 // By Mary Phillips

Food is one of the four essential elements for wildlife habitat, and berry-producing shrubs are one of the best food sources for birds, particularly in the winter when other food sources are scarce. Common bird species that do not migrate, […] Read more >

An American robin visits a heated birdbath during a snowstorm in Smithtown, New York.  Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Elaine Davis.

Don’t Forget Water for Birds in the Winter!

12/3/2014 // By Laura Tangley

Throughout the hot summer months, backyard birders like me faithfully supply all the fresh water our feathered friends need for drinking, bathing or simply cooling off. By this time of year, however, most of us have covered up or put […] Read more >

leaves

What to do With Fallen Leaves

11/12/2014 // By David Mizejewski

You shouldn’t feel obligated to rake up every last leaf in your yard this fall.  Leave leaves on the ground — they have a lot of benefit to wildlife and your garden.  Below are some tips on how to minimize […] Read more >

Acorn Woodpecker with Acorn

Nuts for Wildlife

9/30/2014 // By David Mizejewski

When we think of autumn, the first image that comes to mind is colorful leaves falling from the trees. Leaves, however, aren’t the only thing falling in the fall. This is the season of the nut as well, and many species […] Read more >

Monarch Butterfly by Bernadette Banville

The Goldenrod Allergy Myth

9/26/2014 // By Kelly Senser

Goldenrod blooms are an autumn delight—both for human admirers and wildlife visitors. I can’t help but smile when I see the sunny blossoms, teeming with pollinators. That’s what makes hearing the native plants (Solidago spp.) regarded as the main cause […] Read more >