David Mizejewski’s Archive

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Update on Mysterious Bird Deaths

This summer, sick and dying birds were documented in several states in the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and South. The main symptom was swollen, crusted-over eyes in fledglings of blue jays, robins, …

Bumble bee pollinating bee balm. Pollinators like these are in decline.

10 Ways to Save Pollinators

Pollinators are in trouble. These important wildlife move from plant to plant while searching for protein-rich pollen or high-energy nectar to eat. As they go, they are dusted by pollen …

Ruby throated hummingbird

Expert Tips for Attracting Hummingbirds and Orioles

We asked the folks at Wild Birds Unlimited, the National Wildlife Federation’s “Certified Wildlife Habitat Champion” partner helping to promote our Garden for Wildlife movement, for their best tips on …

Naturalist David Mizejewski

Learn About (Not So) Scary Backyard Wildlife

As the National Wildlife Federation’s naturalist, I’m very excited to be teaching a free online class with our partner Varsity Tutors all about “scary” wildlife species that you might encounter …

5 Ways You Can Help Eastern Monarchs

The once-common monarch butterfly has suffered steep population declines across North America in the last few decades. Both the eastern and western populations of these migratory butterflies are in real …

5 Ways You Can Help Western Monarchs

The once-common monarch butterfly has suffered steep population declines across North America in the last few decades. Both the eastern and western populations of these migratory butterflies are in real …

Five Ways to Attract Birds This Fall

Attracting and watching wild birds right in your own yard or garden are great activities year-round, but as migratory birds pass through on their way south and winter-resident species work …

Mosquito on Flower

What Purpose do Mosquitoes Serve?

It’s often said that mosquitoes serve no purpose other than to annoy humans. This is easy to believe as you are swatting away these bothersome insects while trying to enjoy …

Mosquito on leaf.

What You Need to Know Before Spraying for Mosquitoes

When the weather is nice, there’s nothing better than getting out of the house to enjoy nature right outside your door. Whether it’s grilling out with family, doing some gardening, …

Six Ways to Support Fall Monarch Migration

Each fall, monarch butterflies embark on an incredible migration to their wintering grounds. West of the Rockies, the population heads to the Pacific coast, where they gather in scattered roosts …

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