Garden Habitats

A bright yellow bird perches on a yellow flower.

Five Simple Ways to Create Habitat this Fall

The idea of “gardening for wildlife” evokes images of beautiful, blossom-filled gardens teaming with colorful birds and butterflies. But did you know that fall is the best time to plant … Read more

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Building Detroit’s Green Future, One Faith Community at a Time

The historic building that houses Gesu Catholic School is nearly a century old. It spans 97,000 square feet on two blocks in the west side of Detroit, a magnificent presence … Read more

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Pollinator Protectors: The Power of Youth Education in Safeguarding People, Pollinators, and the Planet

Knowledge, Compassion, and Action is at the heart of Katie Thompson’s teaching philosophy. In fact, it’s Ms. Thompson’s mantra. “First, I give my students knowledge – the ‘what, why and … Read more

Mexican ballet Folklόrico dancers beneath a rainbow at the 2022 Columbia Heights Bilingual Monarch Festival. Credit: Mayor Amáda Márquez Simula

Celebrating a Milestone for Monarchs: 365 U.S. Cities Take the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge to Protect Our Pollinators!

The Mayors’ Monarch Pledge was introduced in 2015 to provide a framework to engage communities across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to address monarch butterfly decline and the pollinator crisis. … Read more

A long-horned bee (Melissodes spp.) feeds at a cutleaf coneflower (Rudbeckia lanciniata) cultivar in a garden in Nebraska.

Creating a Bee Garden

Bees are incredibly important wildlife. Yes, insects are wildlife–and they’re a group of wildlife that we all have an opportunity to help right in our own yards and gardens. Especially … Read more

A hummingbird hovers next to a flower, beak extended into its petals.

Pollinator Week: Birds, Bees, & Everything in Between

It’s National Pollinator Week! National Pollinator Week is an annual event celebrated from June 19th through June 25th to honor the unsung heroes of our gardens, fields, and farms. Over … Read more

Top Five Cities That Garden for Wildlife

National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife™ 50th year celebration recognizes cities with the highest wildlife gardening activity. These concentrations of Certified Wildlife Habitats® help connect fragmented habitat in highly developed areas in … Read more

A small white, gray, and black bird sits on a flowering tree branch. The flowers are white.

Plant 50% to 70% Native – Benefit More Wildlife

Native plants have tight relationships with wildlife, formed over many thousands of years, providing natural sources of food, cover and places to raise young. Without healthy native plant communities, wildlife … Read more

Making Monarch Conservation Accessible in Columbia Heights, MN

Mayors’ Monarch Pledge The Mayors’ Monarch Pledge program is proud to celebrate Columbia Heights, Minnesota, for its creative and multi-layered approach to monarch conservation that focuses on building partnerships with … Read more

Cinco Recomendaciones para Apoyar la Protección de la Mariposa Monarca

La migración de las mariposas monarca en América del Norte, es uno de los fenómenos naturales más extraordinarios del mundo. Son unos de los pocos insectos migratorios que viajan grandes … Read more