Garden Habitats

40 Green Leaves from my neighborhood

40 Green Leaves

For Garden for Wildlife month – 40 green leaves from my neighborhood to celebrate that we have been gardening for wildlife for 40 years. Read more

What Lives in Peter Coyote’s Backyard?

Yes, his namesake animal does wander into Peter Coyote’s backyard, along with a diverse array of critters including skunks, gray foxes, raccoons, and birds galore. His wild menagerie (complemented with … Read more

Gardening With Kids: Facebook Chat Recap

A new season is upon us and with the changing weather comes endless possibilities and chances to not only enjoy the nature around us, but also enhance it through our … Read more

Northern Cardinals by Paul Brown

Help Bugs—and Birds—By Growing Native Plants

Like most environmentally-friendly gardeners, I’ve long known that it’s better to cultivate native than nonnative plants. Adapted to local conditions, natives thrive better—and with less water and other expensive inputs … Read more

Nuts Nibbled by Squirrels

40 Nuts Nibbled by Squirrels

Photo #2 from our 40 garden objects series for Garden for Wildlife Month Read more

Skipper on coneflower

Birds, Butterflies and Backyard Discoveries: New Book Offers Tips for Wildlife Gardening with Kids

Touch a Butterfly, by April Pulley Sayre, is a delightful read. Its goal is to get families—kids included—outside and in touch with the natural world through gardening. But it is … Read more

40 gardening tools

40 Garden Tools

Share your photos of 40 garden objects during Garden for Wildlife month! Read more

Today Show: Surprising “Backyard Wildlife”

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 … Read more

NYC Eco-School PS 57 Gets 2013 Green Ribbon Schools Award

On a gloriously sunny Earth Day, cheers erupted in NYC Eco-School PS 57’s large outdoor garden as the Staten Island elementary school found out it had won a 2013 Green Ribbon Schools … Read more

Buntings at bird feeder by Bernard Friel

Summer Bird Feeding: the Case For and Against

Should you take your bird feeders down for the summer? The answer may depend on where you live. Ever since I started feeding backyard birds several years ago, I’ve religiously … Read more