Is there snow on the ground where you live? There's a whole hidden ecosystem created by snow, which provides both shelter and hunting opportunities for different species of wildlife. [ Link ]

Probing the Hidden World of Snow - National Wildlife Federation
Spring is right around the corner. What native plants for wildlife are you planning on adding this year? Listen to this episode of the Native Plant Podcast to hear the National Wildlife Federation's Naturalist David Mizejewski talking about why and how native plants support wildlife. [ Link ]

Native Plant Podcast, May 2016 - David Mizejewski - National Wildlife Federation Naturalist
Our 46th annual photo contest is now open! In addition to cash prizes—and a $5,000 Grand Prize—winning photos will be featured in National Wildlife magazine or on its website. Help inspire others to protect nature with your photos of birds, butterflies, or other backyard wildlife, as well as images of your native plants or even your entire landscape.

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Just the basics on how to create a thriving wildlife habitat garden. [ Link ]

Getting Started
The rusty-patched bumble bee has been listed as an endangered species. Once found across a wide swath of North America, including backyards, it has declined by almost 90 percent due to pesticides, climate change, disease and general habitat loss. Read more about the species and the designation here. [ Link ]

A Bumblebee Gets New Protection on Obama’s Way Out
The National Wildlife Federation has helped to create a fantastic new resource to help you choose the best nectar plants to help monarch butterflies. Check it out below. Spring planting season is just around the corner!
A little New Year humor from our friends at Bird and Moon Comics. Humor aside, we couldn't agree more with their number one pick.
New research shows how our yards and gardens are important for supporting bird populations in our cities, towns and neighborhoods.

Birds in the suburbs: Faced with urbanization, some beloved species thrive, some move out
Our Photo of the Week. What birds are you seeing in your wildlife habitat garden this week? [ Link ]

Photos of the Week: Winter Birds - National Wildlife Federation
Wild animals are adapted for the cold weather, so the best way to care for them in the winter is by making sure they have a good habitat. That means lots of native plants to provide food, dense plantings (especially evergreens) to provide cover, and keeping dead trees, fallen logs, a thick layer of leaf litter, building brush piles and installing roosting boxes for more cover. You can...
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Forty-three years ago the National Wildlife Federation launched the original Backyard Wildlife Habitat program and its "Certified Wildlife Habitat" designation. The goal then, as it remains today, is to inspire people to invite birds, butterflies and other wildlife back to their former habitat by creating gardens that offer food, water, cover and places to raise young. In turning our own...
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Cedar waxwings photographed by participant Janet Ames in New Hampshire.
Dr. Doug Tallamy has helped put landscaping with native plants for wildlife in the public awareness. We at National Wildlife Federation are working with him on a new project to make it even easier for you to find the best native plants for your region. Listen to Dr. Tallamy chat about the critical role native plants play in the ecosystems of our yards and gardens.

Dr. Doug Tallamy on bringing nature home
Baby it's cold out there! As winter looms, so do frigid temperatures. A heated birdbath is a great way to make sure birds and other wildlife have fresh water to drink, which can be especially hard to find when temps dip below freezing and all liquid water is frozen but there's no snow on the ground to provide moisture to thirsty animals. (Photo by Susan Jenson via Flickr.)
Coyotes are an incredibly resilient species and are one of the few that has expanded their range despite how we humans have destroyed wildlife habitat. Here's a fascinating article on the latest research on this adaptable species and what you need to know to avoid conflicts with them if they are living in your neighborhood. As always, please actually read the article before commenting. [...
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Coyote Nation - National Wildlife Federation
Do you know how your wildlife-friendly garden or landscape is actually helping wildlife? [ Link ]

A blue jay and a cardinal take a drink at a birdbath in this photo that participant Patricia Piece shared in our Garden for Wildlife Flickr group. What colorful birds do you see in your wildlife habitat garden?
If you want to get more involved in making your entire community better for birds, butterflies and other wildlife, you can join the ranks of our Habitat Stewards. Habitat Stewards are kind of like Master Gardeners, just with a focus on wildlife. Here's an example of the great work of one Habitat Steward in Washington state. [ Link ]

An Outstanding Habitat Steward
What a fun way to celebrate organic gardening and protecting pollinators. [ Link ]

Cheers to Conservation