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Monarch caterpillars on the White swamp milkweed (Asclepias perennis) flower.

From Backyard Monarch Enthusiast to Citizen/Community Scientist

Misadventures with milkweed About ten years ago, a neighborhood friend of mine told me with great enthusiasm about her adventures raising monarch butterflies. I was intrigued. I followed her lead …

Bumble bee

To Bee or Not to Bee: A Discussion on Honey Bees

We have grown up with honey bees following us around in gardens, apple orchards, and forests, easily identifiable by their honey yellow stripes and slim, hairy bodies, but what about …

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 …

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 …

Vacant Lots to Pollinator Habitat in Philadelphia, PA

Over the past two years, the National Wildlife Federation has been working with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to transform a network of 26 vacant lots in West and Northwest Philadelphia …

Community Prayer Park

Faith, Flora, and Friendship

Houses of worship have always been about more than religious practice. They serve as vital community hubs where people celebrate life events, engage in recreational activities, and join together to …

A painted lady butterfly on purple coneflower

Collaborating for Change: Charleston, the “Butterfly Capital” of Illinois

Mayor Brandon Combs of Charleston, Illinois signed the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge in 2019, and since then, has been a leader in monarch and pollinator conservation. In just over a year, …

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 …

Plant with a Purpose: Help Protect Salmon Habitat with Your Garden

Salmon are marathon swimmers, transitioning from freshwater streams to the ocean, and back again. To reach their destinations they often face—and miraculously overcome!—staggering obstacles. They climb fish ladders to push …

Breaking Ground: Pioneering Women in Botany & Public Horticulture

“Every community should have a place in which people may spend their leisure time, where they will be brought in direct contact with things of beauty and interest in the …

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