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Tiger lily and tiger swallowtail in California

9 Wildflowers Pretty Enough to Sing About

5/21/2015 // By Dani Tinker

Walking down a nearby trail this weekend, I passed a patch of golden buttercups. A few minutes later I found myself singing “Build Me Up, Buttercup” as I bobbed down the trail. It got me thinking about other captivating flowers …

Belted Kingfisher

Is That Sushi Safe, Kingfisher?

5/11/2015 // By Stacy Small-Lorenz

If you love paddling, swimming or just walking along the banks of creeks and rivers like I do, you are probably familiar with the head-turning chatter of the Belted Kingfisher as it flies upstream, making its way between streamside perches.  …


Protecting Migratory Birds Requires Focus on Habitat

5/8/2015 // By Dani Tinker

This year, a team of educators and biologists came together and decided International Migratory Bird Day should focus on habitat restoration. Habitat loss and degradation are major threats to migratory bird populations. To protect the birds, we must restore the …

Students at PS 179 in Brooklyn. Photo by Teri Brennan.

Students at NWF Eco-School Help Monarchs

5/7/2015 // By David Mizejewski

It doesn’t get more heartwarming than this.  Students at PS 179 in Brooklyn are learning about the life cycle of monarch butterflies and helping this declining species at the same time.  The school is a participant in National Wildlife Federation’s …

Carolina Chickadee by Doug Tallamy

Chickadees Show Why Birds Need Native Trees

4/28/2015 // By Laura Tangley

This year, more than ever, I had been looking forward to songbird-nesting season. The reason? Last spring, my Washington, D.C., yard became one of more than 100 study sites in a three-year research project to investigate how nonnative trees in …

red eyed vireo

Songbirds, Migration and Soy: What’s the Connection?

4/27/2015 // By Gabrielle Swaby

Spring season is now in full swing, with bluebells blooming and daffodils dancing. And, even sweeter, there is the sound of songbirds singing. Now is peak migration time for many of these songbirds and they and other neotropical migrants are …

bluebird on oak

Ten Favorite Trees for Wildlife

4/21/2015 // By Jane Kirchner

It’s tree planting time and a chance to plant, restore and protect natives that provide wildlife habitat and nourish the natural world.  Here are ten of our favorite native trees and the benefits they provide for a whole host of …

Anna's Hummingbird Nest

Video Diary: One Tiny Hummingbird Family

4/21/2015 // By Guest Author

If you don’t already have an obsessive devotion for hummingbirds like I do, beware: this might change your mind. Hummingbirds are among the worlds smallest and fastest birds. Darting and diving through the sky at faster-than-the-eye speeds that can make even …

Red knots feeding on horseshoe crab eggs. Photo by Greg Breese, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Saving the Beach to Save the Red Knot

4/17/2015 // By Grant LaRouche

For some, New Jersey is paved, industrial, and polluted, but for the red knot, New Jersey is life or death. Each year the red knot makes an awe-inspiring migration of 9,000 miles from the Arctic to the southern tip of …

Photo by Scott Landseidel

Finding a Fawn: What To Do

4/15/2015 // By David Mizejewski

Every springtime, the National Wildlife Federation gets numerous emails and phone calls from concerned people asking the following question: “I found an abandoned fawn! Where can I take it?” The answer is almost always the same: The fawn isn’t abandoned and …