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The National Wildlife Federation encourages families to participate next Saturday in the Great American Backyard Campout by camping in their yards or neighborhoods, or in parks and campgrounds.

The federation asks families to keep an eye out for nocturnal wildlife during the campout while refraining from using cellphones or other electronics. It also suggests the following nighttime tips:

• Get your binoculars, bird book and some flashlights and go out in the woods to search for owls.

• Observe bugs at night by hanging a bed sheet in the backyard and shining a white light directly on it. Fireflies and moths of all sizes are attracted to patio or spotlights in the warm weather.

• Use your ears; if you hear birds, frogs, or mammals calling, slowly walk toward those sounds for a better chance of seeing them. Always remember to keep a respectable distance. For more, visit nwf.org/news.