Spring’s Season of Surprise
Wings outstretched, a viceroy butterfly graces a purple coneflower, a vital source of pollen for myriad insects.
AS YOU ALL KNOW, life is unpredictable, and change can occur in a blink—or an eon. Transitions at the top of magazines can happen in the same way. In my previous note to you, I shared that I’m stepping down as editorial director after a wonderful stint at the helm. Last fall, we launched a vigorous search for a new editor and had a huge response from applicants. In late February our team concluded interviews with finalists, and in our next issue, you’ll have the pleasure of meeting the new editor.
Meanwhile, it has been my joy to help produce the Spring 2023 issue, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife™ program (In Full Bloom). Through gorgeous photography and compelling stories, you’ll learn how individual actions can significantly help pollinators, birds, other wildlife and people. Flower farmers like Dee Hall (Beauty and the Buzz) are engaging new growers in producing beautiful blooms. Landowners like Herbert Hodges (In the Pines) are teaching how to manage dwindling longleaf pine habitat to sustain hundreds of species. Innovative researchers are boosting populations of animals such as prothonotary warblers (Shelter from the Storm) and Delmarva fox squirrels (Delmarvalous). And science is helping us understand how changes in phenology are impacting species (Out of Sync). We even share news on how, as we exit this Earth, we can do so in ways that may benefit the planet (Down to Earth)—a final commitment to conservation. Wishing you all a joyful spring full of surprising promise.
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