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6 Tips for Feeding Wild Turkeys with Your Garden

11/22/2013 // By Danielle Brigida

Turkeys are some of the most recognizable birds in this country. Holidays like Thanksgiving give us great excuses to learn more than recipes about turkeys and discuss their intriguing history, make turkey-inspired crafts and memorize amusing trivia. As these fascinating and adaptable birds are […] Read more >

American toads use the leaf litter to hide and hibernate.

6 Excuses to Avoid Yard Work This Fall

11/21/2013 // By Dani Tinker

They grow. They turn brilliant colors. They capture our hearts. Then they make a mess. Leaves can be a hassle, but put the rake down for a moment. It turns out, leaving the leaves in your yard is beneficial to both […] Read more >

Amalia Espinoza, Raymond Sierra, Jaelon Lopez—students at Pleasant Hill Elementary—search the cactus for bugs!

Discovery Hill—A Schoolyard Habitat Proof of Concept

10/29/2013 // By Marya Fowler

On the way back to school one girl in my class said, “What fun…I love that place” and another said “I wish we could go everyday” and a boy remarked, “I just didn’t know we could find so many animals.” […] Read more >

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Native Shrubs for Fall Color and Wildlife Benefits

10/15/2013 // By Jane Kirchner

I used to relish the brilliant red rush of color that burning bush provides in the fall.  I planted several in my yard and had one I could see through my front door sidelight that was dazzling every October. But even though winged burning bush is widely used in home […] Read more >

We tossed together a quick little Certified Wildlife Habitat in a parking spot in front of our National Advocacy Center in downtown Washington D.C. for Park(ing) Day.

Wildlife Get a (Temporary) Home in DC for Park(ing) Day

9/19/2013 // By Kara Reeve

A couple of months ago I had this idea to convert a parking space in front of National Wildlife Federation’s office into a temporary Certified Wildlife Habitat ® in downtown Washington DC.  I had seen the parklets that Casey Trees, […] Read more >

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The Salad Bar is Open for Backyard Wildlife

9/4/2013 // By Guest Author

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 it showed a few signs of life. So my husband […] Read more >

A Great Year for NYC Eco-Schools!

8/9/2013 // By Emily Fano

It’s been a remarkable first year for NYC Eco-Schools. Aside from being the largest and most diverse public school system in the U.S. – New York City is also the urban area with the greatest number of registered Eco-Schools.  The program has […] Read more >

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7 Moths that Make Butterflies Look Boring

7/24/2013 // By Dani Tinker

I still like butterflies, but let’s be honest, moths need some love. They just aren’t as popular as butterflies, and they certainly should be! Both belong to the large order of insects, Lepidoptera, which refers to the tiny scales covering most moth […] Read more >

Photo by Hari Viswanathan.

Mountain Lion Seeks Backyard Oasis

6/24/2013 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Hari Viswanathan. On May 18, this beautiful mountain lion stopped by my parent’s backyard pond in Los Alamos, N.M., adding to the long list of amazing wildlife encounters over the years. Our pond—called Warbler Pond due to the […] Read more >

David examines the bees from his hive

Beekeeping Offers a Connection with Nature

6/20/2013 // By David Ruckman

NWF’s lead online developer shares memories of his beekeeping hobby. Read more >