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Love is in the Air: Courtship Behavior in Backyard Birds

1/21/2015 // By Kaitlin Parker

February is the month of love, and not just for those who celebrate with a Valentine’s Day card and a box of chocolates.  As spring approaches you may be observing some interesting behaviors exhibited by your backyard birds. Why do …

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10 Nutty Facts to Make You Appreciate Squirrels

1/21/2015 // By Dani Tinker

Why exactly is National Squirrel Appreciation Day (January 21) so popular? Maybe it’s because squirrels are adorable, and extremely fun to watch. Maybe it’s the many hats they wear (not real hats — please don’t put hats on squirrels). What I mean is, they …

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Five Species that will be Forever Harmed by Keystone XL

1/16/2015 // By Jane Kirchner

There are many compelling reasons to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. But the most immediate reason to say NO to Keystone? Wildlife already at risk will suffer catastrophic losses if this pipeline project moves forward.


6 Birds That Are Champion Flyers

1/11/2015 // By Dani Tinker

Today marks the anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s solo flight across the Pacific. It seemed only appropriate to compile a few birds with record flights and champion abilities. Like Amelia, these birds are nothing short of impressive. Which avians would you add to …

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 …

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 …

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For the Frogs: Salmon habitat restoration as a boon to threatened frog populations

1/5/2015 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

A note from NWF’s California Director Beth Pratt: California Conservation Corp crew members and their leader John Griffith have embraced NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program and certified their Ukiah campus, with plans of doing more sites across California. I recently …

Reindeer by Charles Bell.

10 Festive Facts About Reindeer

12/23/2014 // By Anne Goddard

You know Dasher and Prancer and Donner and Blitzen… But do you recall these festive facts about reindeer? 1. Reindeer or caribou? In Europe and Asia, they’re known as reindeer. In North America, the name caribou refers to the wild …

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 …

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A Cougar for Christmas: Mountain Lion Strolls Through a California Backyard

12/20/2014 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Yesterday morning, Sherry Kempster went outside after she heard some crows squawking in her backyard, assuming a hawk or other small animal had excited them. Instead, she discovered a mountain lion strolling along a concrete dividing wall. Luckily she had …