Garden Habitats

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Calling All Gardeners: Dig in NOW to Pass the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

From using native plants to transform yards into wildlife habitats to meeting the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, gardeners are a powerful force for the future of wildlife and native plants. … Read more

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An Urgent Message for All People Who Love Birds

Birds are facing an unprecedented crisis; three billion fewer birds grace the skies of North America than in 1970. But there’s reason for hope if we act swiftly. We call … Read more

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Sacred Grounds Wilmington

The Sacred Grounds program has ventured into a new body of holy water—the Delaware River Watershed in Wilmington, DE!   Sacred Grounds is a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) program that engages … Read more

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Garnering Successes, Gardening for Wildlife: A Camano Island Volunteer with a Passion for Conservation

When Val Schroeder wakes up at her beachside home on Camano Island, in Western Washington, she has plenty to look forward to. She can walk the shoreline and view Whidbey … Read more

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5 Ways to Reduce Waste in Your Garden

Plastic pollution is a big deal News about its devastating effects on wildlife and the environment is everywhere and as a result, many of us are now opting for reusable … Read more

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Creating Resilient and Equitable Cities through Vacant Lot Restoration

As we begin to feel the intensifying effects of climate change, there is an urgent need to address environmental and public health crises in frontline communities. In the Mid-Atlantic, we … Read more

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Let’s Grow Together!

Communities all over the country are coming together to help combat climate change, address food scarcity and build stronger, safer communities through community gardens.  Cities like Tacoma, Washington are partnering … Read more

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 … Read more

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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, … Read more

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Zoos and Aquariums Inspire Visitors to Create Habitats at Home

Millions of people visit zoos and aquariums each year to catch a glimpse of rare and exciting wildlife from around the globe.  Increasingly, visitors are also finding educational exhibits and … Read more