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*Tips for planning your wildlife garden *How to choose the best native plants *How To projects for your wildlife garden *Recommended resources *Breaking news on upcoming projects *A summary of each article published by our team members each week

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Growing Nature Loving Kids

Teaching kids to love nature, and providing lots of experiences in nature, whether in your own wildlife garden or by visiting local parks and nature centers is one of the best gifts you can give them. The fact is that we will want to protect what we know, and learning about nature and wildlife from a young age will give children a wonderful foundation. And these nature-knowledgeable kids will be our future scientists, naturalists, ornithologists, entomologists, environmentalists, and maybe even a president. Wouldn't you just love to have a … [Read More...]

Wildlife Garden

Common Blue Violet, Viola sororia

Seeds Planted by Ants

  What an amusing thought. Seeds that ants will harvest and then plant. It actually does happen. There are some seeds in our world of Nature that have fleshy parts, called elaiosomes. These elaiosomes are lipid-rich and are very attractive to ants. The ants harvest the seeds, take them … [Read More...]

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Birds, violets and butterfly eggs

Spring has finally arrived here in northern Kentucky.  An exploration of my brother's yard this Easter weekend revealed all kinds of goodies!  The lovely violets are in full bloom.  We picked, washed and froze some of the flowers in ice-cube trays to use later in glasses of lemonade for a pretty … [Read More...]

Photo by Jeff Gordon Used with permission

Springtime is Chicken Run Time

  Springtime in the sage brush habitat of the North American and Canada's prairies come alive, after a long winter sleep, to some very serious business. Lekking! Grouse gather on their ancestral lekking grounds to dance the ritual of the eternal spring.  The desire to dance is strong … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

Three Purple Martins were checking the place out this year.

Birds Who Tease: Purple Martins

Bluebird babies fledged this week from their nest high up in the Purple Martin house. Next day, the Purple Martins (Progne subis) arrived. I guess it was a sublet and the lease was up for the bluebirds. Purple Martins are a picky bunch. They zoom round and round and round some more. They peer … [Read More...]

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Squirrelly Squirrels in the Garden

Squirrels are a normal occurrence in a great many beautiful wildlife gardens.  Up until this year, suprisingly my yard was not one of them. Perhaps not so surprisingly after all.  When I purchased my plot back in 2006, it was pretty much clear cut sans a smattering of long leaf pine trees.  … [Read More...]

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Birding Festivals Through The Year

If you want to learn more about the birds in your wildlife garden, one of the best things you can do is to attend birding festivals near you to learn more about birds in their natural habitats. One of the big things on my bucket list is to travel around the country going from birding festival to … [Read More...]

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Native Plants

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Loblolly Pine Wildlife Value

Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) is a native tree of the southeastern United States. Often growing in wet woodlands, Loblolly Pine provides great habitat and value for wildlife. The native range of Pinus taeda covers eastern Texas to northern Florida, and all of the southern coastal states up to … [Read More...]

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For The Love of a Tree

  Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.  ~Chinese proverb       You may remember last year I wrote about the plight of our ash trees.   It was just about this time, in early spring, that we were saying goodbye to 4 of our mature ash … [Read More...]

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Abundant Nature

  "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." Maya Angelou     With spring making its slow creep into our area, I have been taking time to make more observations in my wildlife garden.  Being newly retired with no … [Read More...]

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Bees, Butterflies & Other Insects

Elkmont synchronous Fireflies, Photo Credit to Judd Patterson

Fireflies in the Garden

  Fireflies in the Garden, a Poem by Robert Frost Here come real stars to fill the upper skies, And here on earth come emulating flies, That though they never equal stars in size, (And they were never really stars at heart) Achieve at times a very star-like start. Only, of … [Read More...]

Look at that cute face!

Looks like a little Lorax

My brother Wayne took some great photos this week of these adorable little mason bees emerging from his homemade bee box.  There are around 130 species of these wonderful pollinators in North America. The males are the first to emerge from the nest box.  All of these photos are of males - … [Read More...]

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Most Recent

Kline Kids Eagle sm

Growing Nature Loving Kids

Teaching kids to love nature, and providing lots of experiences in nature, whether in your own wildlife garden or by visiting local parks and nature centers is one of the best gifts you can give them. The fact is that we will want to protect what we know, and learning about nature and wildlife … [Read More...]

Common Blue Violet, Viola sororia

Seeds Planted by Ants

  What an amusing thought. Seeds that ants will harvest and then plant. It actually does happen. There are some seeds in our world of Nature that have fleshy parts, called elaiosomes. These elaiosomes are lipid-rich and are very attractive to ants. The ants harvest the seeds, take them … [Read More...]

robin eggs

Birds, violets and butterfly eggs

Spring has finally arrived here in northern Kentucky.  An exploration of my brother's yard this Easter weekend revealed all kinds of goodies!  The lovely violets are in full bloom.  We picked, washed and froze some of the flowers in ice-cube trays to use later in glasses of lemonade for a pretty … [Read More...]

Photo by Jeff Gordon Used with permission

Springtime is Chicken Run Time

  Springtime in the sage brush habitat of the North American and Canada's prairies come alive, after a long winter sleep, to some very serious business. Lekking! Grouse gather on their ancestral lekking grounds to dance the ritual of the eternal spring.  The desire to dance is strong … [Read More...]

Three Purple Martins were checking the place out this year.

Birds Who Tease: Purple Martins

Bluebird babies fledged this week from their nest high up in the Purple Martin house. Next day, the Purple Martins (Progne subis) arrived. I guess it was a sublet and the lease was up for the bluebirds. Purple Martins are a picky bunch. They zoom round and round and round some more. They peer … [Read More...]

Elkmont synchronous Fireflies, Photo Credit to Judd Patterson

Fireflies in the Garden

  Fireflies in the Garden, a Poem by Robert Frost Here come real stars to fill the upper skies, And here on earth come emulating flies, That though they never equal stars in size, (And they were never really stars at heart) Achieve at times a very star-like start. Only, of … [Read More...]

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Loblolly Pine Wildlife Value

Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) is a native tree of the southeastern United States. Often growing in wet woodlands, Loblolly Pine provides great habitat and value for wildlife. The native range of Pinus taeda covers eastern Texas to northern Florida, and all of the southern coastal states up to … [Read More...]

DSCN4778

For The Love of a Tree

  Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.  ~Chinese proverb       You may remember last year I wrote about the plight of our ash trees.   It was just about this time, in early spring, that we were saying goodbye to 4 of our mature ash … [Read More...]

squirrelPineApr2014D

Squirrelly Squirrels in the Garden

Squirrels are a normal occurrence in a great many beautiful wildlife gardens.  Up until this year, suprisingly my yard was not one of them. Perhaps not so surprisingly after all.  When I purchased my plot back in 2006, it was pretty much clear cut sans a smattering of long leaf pine trees.  … [Read More...]

Barbara's button (Marshallia mohrii)

Go Forth and … Purchase

Spring is a wonderful time to buy plants and the stores are full of them. Even the grocery store had everything from annuals to potted fruit trees to tempt shoppers the other day. Native plant lovers are no less immune to the call of a plant sale than anyone else and luckily spring native plant … [Read More...]