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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. Read more >

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. Read more >

Like all other blue birds, Indigo Buntings lack blue pigment. Their jewel-like color comes instead from microscopic structures in the feathers that refract and reflect blue light, much like the airborne particles that cause the sky to look blue. (Photo: Steve Creek)

Backyard Wildlife Color of the Week: BLUE

5/10/2012 // By Anne Senft

Enjoy these beautiful photos of backyard wildlife that are all or partially blue. Read more >

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. Read more >

A striking black-winged red bird, the Scarlet Tanager is a common species of the eastern forest interior. Despite its brilliant coloring it is often overlooked because of its rather secretive behavior and its preference for the forest canopy. (Photo: Daniel Marquis)

Backyard Wildlife Color of the Week: RED

5/3/2012 // By Anne Senft

Enjoy these beautiful photos of backyard wildlife that are all or partially red. Read more >

Rufous Hummingbird in Flight

Ten Amazing Things About the World’s Tiniest Backyard Birds

5/2/2012 // By Kevin Coyle

Hummingbirds are a definite favorite for so many North American wildlife gardeners, and after you voted last month these tiny wonders have a special place of honor during our Garden for Wildlife Month. There are eight species of hummingbirds that […] Read more >

Ruby-throated hummingbird by Bud Hensley

Four Tips For Attracting Hummingbirds

4/30/2012 // By Laura Tangley

Here in the MidAtlantic region, ruby-throated hummingbirds are just starting to show up, returning from their wintering grounds in Central America and Mexico to breed across much of eastern North America. Elsewhere across the country, hummingbirds are on the move […] Read more >

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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 […] Read more >

Red-spotted newt in its "red eft" stage climbing through a garden in New York

Photo of the Day: Red-spotted Newt

4/7/2012 // By Rachel Stemen

Create Wildlife Habitat At Home In just a few easy steps, you can turn your backyard, balcony or patch of grass into a habitat for wildlife. Start gardening for wildlife >> This Photo of the Day was donated by a […] Read more >

Old MacDonald Had a … Garden? 5 Tips to Make Your Vegetable Garden Wildlife-Friendly

4/6/2012 // By Mary Quattlebaum

Yes—Old MacDonald did have a garden!  Jo MacDonald, the granddaughter of the old gent in the popular children’s song, introduces kids to garden creatures in my new children’s book Jo MacDonald Had a Garden. And if he’s an eco-friendly kind of […] Read more >