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David Mizejewski

Naturalist with National Wildlife Federation and author, Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife

David Mizejewski is a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation and host of the NatGeo WILD series Pet Talk. He holds a degree in Human and Natural Ecology from Emory University and is an expert on restoring wildlife habitat by creating wildlife-friendly gardens. David works to promote the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife program, which encourages people to plant native plants, to garden naturally, and to Certify their yards and gardens as wildlife habitats. He is the author of the how-to book Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife, which won the Publisher’s Marketing Association Benjamin Franklin Award. He’s also a Contributing Editor to Birds and Blooms magazine and blogger for In addition to appearing on NatGeo WILD, David also hosted “Backyard Habitat” on Animal Planet, a series that showed people how to create wildlife-friendly gardens. He regularly appears on the Today Show, Conan O’Brien, CNN, HGTV, The Wendy Williams Show, Weather Channel, Inside Edition and NPR. Originally from New Jersey, David now lives in Washington, DC. He is dedicated to using his knowledge and his enthusiasm to help others understand and protect wildlife.

Visit the National Wildlife Federation, booth #2509 in the North Hall, at this year’s show.


Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife

One of the joys of gardening is creating a beautiful, natural space that you and the backyard wildlife can enjoy. David loves sharing about creating wildlife-friendly gardens. Discover the four components of habitat – food, water, shelter and places to raise young, how to observe and enjoy wildlife and avoid critter-conflicts, the vital role of native plants in the garden, and tips sustainable gardening practices. Learn how to have your garden recognized as an official “Certified Wildlife Habitat.”

Saturday, Feb 25 at 6:45 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

GARDEN 101: Gardening for Pollinators

Saving Pollinators One Garden at a Time

Pollinators are essential to our environment, necessary for the reproduction of 85% of the world’s plant species and essential to our food supply. Now populations of common pollinators have declined by 90% in the past two decades. Join National Wildlife Federation’s naturalist David Mizejewski, Xerces Society’s Eric Lee- Mäder and author/designer Kate Frey as they share the essential practices and best plants every gardener should use to support the declining populations of pollinators. You CAN make a difference for them right in your own garden.

Sunday, Feb 26 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow