Today Show: Surprising “Backyard Wildlife”

NWF Naturalist David Mizejewski with an alligator, from the Today Show's Instagram page.

NWF Naturalist David Mizejewski with an alligator, from the Today Show’s Instagram page.

It’s Garden for Wildlife Month!

In honor of this annual celebration of National Wildlife Federation’s 40-year-old Certified Wildlife Habitat program, I brought some “backyard wildlife” on my Today Show segment this week.  But these animals are definitely NOT the songbirds and butterflies that typically show up in a wildlife-friendly garden.

Instead, I brought species that might surprise you if you spotted them in your garden.  My goal was to let folks know that species other than birds and butterflies need our help and can benefit from wildlife-friendly gardens, and also to point out what to do to avoid conflict with some of these species.

I mean, groundhogs, alligators and beavers aren’t necessarily the most welcome species in the garden.  But two other predators I featured in the segment definitely are species you want around.

Here’s the full segment.  Watch it and then head over to our Garden for Wildlife Month page and certify your garden as wildlife-friendly with NWF!

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See more of David’s TV appearances and find out where he’ll be appearing next! 

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