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hummingbird eating mosquitoes

Meet the Squad of Mosquito-Eating Species

Mosquitoes are unwanted visitors to our backyards, but nature can offer solutions that don’t involve chemicals or bug sprays. Often overlooked and under-appreciated, the following wildlife species are especially helpful …

Blanding's turtle

Turn the Tide for Turtles: Help Them Live to a Very Old Age

With their low metabolism and predator-proof hard shells, our native freshwater turtles are well equipped to live a long life.*  But traffic on roads slicing through habitats along with the …

Meet Your Pets’ Wild Relatives

Ask me to describe my dog, Humphrey, in one word and I immediately think “Wild.”  Not just because he is a sweet-faced troublemaker, but because he reminds me of his …

8 Tips to Protect Baby Turtles in Your Yard

Last June, Ellen Lambeth and Greg Hudson, fellow staffers here at National Wildlife Federation who work on Ranger Rick magazine, had a pretty awesome wildlife sighting. While Ellen was heading to the …

American toads use the leaf litter to hide and hibernate.

6 Excuses to Avoid Yard Work This Fall

They grow. They turn brilliant colors. They capture our hearts. Then they make a mess. Leaves can be a hassle, but put the rake down for a moment. It turns out, …

Sleeping Animals that are as Shutdown as the Government

While our government is still hibernating, I wanted to highlight some fascinating ways wildlife “shutdown”. 8 Random Facts About Animal “Shutdowns” 1. Eastern box turtles spend nights concealed in a shallow depression …

3 Easy Ways to Celebrate World Oceans Day

I was born in the Caribbean and grew up on the French side of St. Martin, surrounded by colorful fabrics, vibrant music, and delicious tropical foods. I was obsessed with …

NWF Staffers Rescue Trapped Turtle

A recent National Wildlife Federation meeting in Vermont turned into an unexpected opportunity to rescue a stranded critter.

10 “Wildest” Things Happening in National Wildlife Federation Headquarters’ Backyard

Wildlife-Friendly DMV connects wildlife enthusiasts in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia to local wildlife and the National Wildlife Federation. I will share with you the wildlife and nature …

The Sweet Shell of Success: Maryland Football’s Authentic Terrapin Tribute

The University of Maryland’s football team—the Terrapins—is popularly known for three things: hosting the Queen of England at her first American game (they beat North Carolina), winning a couple of …

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