Dave Mizejewski has been fascinated by wild creatures for as long as he can remember. He spent his youth romping in the suburban woods, fields and marshes, observing and learning about the surprising diversity of wildlife that inhabits these areas. As a high school student studying ecology, David began to see first hand the clear connection between native plant communities and wildlife populations, and his passion for wildlife-friendly gardening was born. David holds a degree in Human and Natural Ecology from Emory University. He has worked as a naturalist at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Georgia and Long Branch Nature Center in Virginia and directed an urban forestry grant program for the National Tree Trust in Washington, DC. Currently, he manages the National Wildlife Federation's Backyard Wildlife Habitat™ program, which teaches people how to experience nature where they live by restoring habitat for wildlife in their yards, gardens and neighborhoods. David is the author of Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife, published in 2004 by Creative Homeowner, and has made numerous radio and television appearances, including NBC’s “Weekend Today Show” and HGTV’s “Gardening by the Yard.” Originally from New Jersey, David now lives in Arlington, Virginia.