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Watching Wildlife in Summer

Summertime living is not so easy for our wild neighbors

The Humane Society of the United States

  • Summertime is learning time for woodchuck kits. John Hadidian/The HSUS

Summer is a season of plenty, with nature producing a bounty of food in the form of plants, flowers, fruits, insects, and more.

It’s also a season of plentiful duties for animal parents who are busy building and guarding nests and feeding, protecting, teaching, and caring for their young.

All these activities present fascinating wildlife watching opportunities—abundant, free, and constantly changing! Come learn about these events as they unfold all around you.

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Secrets of Successful Nests»
Butterflies Among the Flowers»
Summer School for Baby Mammals»


» NestWatch 
» North American Butterfly Association 
» Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History


  • Brock, Jim P. and Kenn Kaufman. Kenn Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003.
  • Harrison, Hal H. Peterson Field Guides: A Field Guide to Eastern Birds’ Nests. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1975.
  • Heinrich, Bernd. Summer World: a season of bounty. New York: Harper Collins, 2009.
  • Reid, Fiona A. Peterson Field Guides: A Field Guide to Mammals of North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006.
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