Bees need native plants. Here are some regional suggestions that you an add to your wildlife habitat garden this spring. [ Blog.nwf.org Link ]

For Wild Bees, these Native Plants are Superstars

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Spring has sprung! Here are 5 ways to tell Spring as arrived in your neighborhood. [ Blog.nwf.org Link ]

5 Ways to Tell Spring Has Arrived

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Come see Naturalist David Mizejewski at The Philadelphia Flower Show this weekend. He'll be sharing all of his expert advice on creating wildlife habitat gardens today at 4pm and tomorrow at 11am and will be signing copies of his book "Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife" after each talk. [ Theflowershow.com Link ]

Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife | The Flower Show

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Have you ever been frustrated trying to get photos of the birds, butterflies and other creatures in your wildlife habitat garden because they never seem to turn out as good as you'd hoped? These tips might help. (Also, Monday 3/20 is the last day to submit your pics of your wildlife garden to our Photo Contest--you could win $5000--details at the end of this article.) [ Blog.nwf.org Link ]

Capturing Emotion in a Photograph

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Did you see any hummingbirds this winter? Depending on where you live, some species migrate south for the winter, while others are year-round residents. Some, however, migrate places they aren't normally seen. Find out more about this strange behavior in this article. [ Nwf.org Link ]

The Hummingbirds of Winter - National Wildlife Federation

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Would you go on a garden tour showcasing wildlife friendly gardens that have achieved Certified Wildlife Habitat status? The Going Native Garden Tour in California is a great example. Check out their site below for inspiration and to sign up if you're in the area. Does your community have something like this? [ Gngt.org Link ]

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Want to help out the local bat population? Bat houses provide cover and are often used by female bats as nursery colonies where they give birth. Here's our how-to on building your own bat house. [ Nwf.org Link ]

Build-a-Bat-House

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A Baltimore oriole among the crabapple blossoms. Later, this fruit-eating bird will feast on the crabapples.
Robins have long been a symbol of spring. Depending on how far north you live, robins might migrate south in winter and return in the spring, or they might stick around all winter long hanging out in flocks in wooded areas. Have these red-breasted birds begun appearing in your wildlife habitat garden yet this year?

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American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

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It's almost bird nesting season! Here are our tips on installing nesting boxes for wild birds. [ Nwf.org Link ]

Nesting Box

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It's Invasive Species Awareness Week. And invasive species is a non-native plant, animal or other organism introduced to a new ecosystem by people that reproduces aggressively and outcompetes or destroys habitat for native species.

Sadly, many invasive species have been introduced or spread via our gardens. Japanese barberry, butterfly bush, Eastern bullfrogs, water hyacinth, Dutch elm...
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Invasive Species - National Wildlife Federation

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Jays are beautiful and intelligent birds. Steller's jays like the one pictured here are found throughout much of western North America. What jay species live near you? Share your jay pics and stories in the comments below.

(This photo was submitted to our photo contest. Winners will be featured in National Wildlife magazine or website and could take home $5,000. Enter your wildlife photos...
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Not quite "backyard wildlife" related, but we thought you wild bird lovers would find this pretty fascinating. [ Newscientist.com Link ]

Fish recorded singing dawn chorus on reefs just like birds

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As winter wanes, early-breeding amphibians are starting to emerge from hibernation to lay eggs in temporary ponds called vernal pools. Wood frogs are among the first to appear, sometimes when there's still snow on the ground. Learn more about this species and the surprising adaptation to survive being frozen solid. Do you have wood frogs in your neighborhood? [ Blog.nwf.org Link ]

Frogs That Freeze Solid

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The 2017 population status for monarch butterflies has been released. The species is still in trouble. Here's what you can do to help. [ Blog.nwf.org Link ]

New Numbers Show Monarch Butterfly Populations Still in Trouble

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Do you get your kids or grandkids involved in your wildlife habitat garden? There's no better way to pass on your love of the birds and butterflies and make sure that future generations care enough to protect our planet. Here are our tips to engage the kiddies. [ Nwf.org Link ]

Kids Garden for Wildlife

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Happy Valentine's Day! Here are some fun wildlife facts from National Wildlife Federation to celebrate the holiday. [ Blog.nwf.org Link ]

Valentine’s Day: A Holiday for Real Animals

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We've got a Weekend Challenge for you: Nest Counting! With the bare trees and shrubs, winter is the perfect time to look for last year's bird nests. We challenge you to head outside this weekend and see how many you can find. Look in your yard, a local park, or even the street trees planted in your neighborhood. Count them, take a photo, and then share what you found in the comments. You're...
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Is it snowing where you live? Birds and other wildlife usually lay low during snowstorms, but you can go outside to appreciate the beauty of individual snowflakes. If you don't have the real deal where you are, we've got you covered here: [ Nwf.org Link ]

Nature's Witness: Freeze Frame - National Wildlife Federation

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So many of you have shared incredible photos from your wildlife garden here. We hope you submit them to our annual Photo Contest to help inspire others to support the birds and butterflies and other "backyard wildlife." Plus, you could win $5,000! Here's how to enter. [ Nwf.org Link ]

National Wildlife Photo Contest

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