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Giving Thanks With Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving! Now is one of the times of year that I like to reflect on those thinks for which I am so grateful. And one of those things is you, our dear readers. I and my team members both here at Team Beautiful Wildlife Garden, as well as Team Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens are so grateful for your support. We thank you for the thoughtful comments you leave at each of our posts. We are grateful that you share them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social networks. We are overjoyed when you link to something we have … [Read More...]

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Holes Drilled in Trash Can

Create a Portable Composter

  Now that fall is winding down, you might want to begin thinking towards next year by taking on this project now. Do you do home composting? Have you often wished you had a portable composter? This is a inexpensive project ($20) that can be completed in less than an hour. First you need … [Read More...]

Bumblebee grabs late season nectar and pollen

Thankful for Nature

As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, my list of things to do grows. My mental list of what I am thankful for is in progress as well, and always at the top of that list are the gifts that the natural world has given us. From tiny pollinators to towering oaks, our world would not be the same if … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

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Winter Citizen Science Projects

Winter is a fabulous time to participate in a wide variety of citizen science projects to help biologists and scientists gather data for conservation planning and further our knowledge of ecosystem health and population abundance of different types of wildlife. I'm working on building a … [Read More...]

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Native Plants

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Snapdragon Shrubs

Life in the Southwest is unique in many ways, and tops on the list are plants you don't find anywhere else on earth. One of these is a shrubby member of the snapdragon family, the Leucophyllum. Native to dry, calcareous areas of Chihuahuan Desert in the states of Texas USA and Chihuahua, Coahuila, … [Read More...]

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Witch Hazel

  The autumn bloomer. American witch hazel, Hamamelis virginiana. Blooming to catch the last of the lovely purple asters. The asters have been blooming for many weeks now, adding an unexpected color to the color scheme of fall. Their bloom time overlaps, just a bit - but I'm getting … [Read More...]

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Native Plant Garden of Gold

We’ve cooled down some in Central Florida, although by Northeast or Midwest standards it still is steamy and hot.  Still, it is Florida Autumn and the garden is reflecting the standard fall colors everyone is so accustomed to. As the golden flowers unfold, the birds wait with anticipation for … [Read More...]

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Bees, Butterflies & Other Insects

Certified Monarch Watch Waystation, Venice, California, Photo by Kathy Vilim

The Monarchs of Venice, California

The morning sun rose over the canals of Venice, California, its soft yellow color reflected in the water, as I stood watching the Monarchs, already up and about.  The pocket park they were visiting was still mostly in shade, so I didn’t expect to see the orange-winged beauties until hours later, … [Read More...]

My latest Icheumon Wasp find on Redbud

Balance in the Garden: Ichneumon Parasitic Wasp

Sometime ago I talked about how some wasps keep a garden in balance by using other arthropods as their larval hosts, laying eggs to hatch and feed off the caterpillars of moths or butterflies or beetle larvae.  It’s Nature’s way of ensuring you don’t get too many of one species.  The food chain in … [Read More...]

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Aphids are Good? Wait….WHAT???

Down at my pond recently, I waited patiently for a flower fly to land for a photo op.  I use a point and shoot camera and have yet to find that the sports setting is effective at getting close-up photos of insects so I don’t use it.  I took a random shot or two while the syrphid fly hovered over the … [Read More...]

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Giving Thanks With Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving! Now is one of the times of year that I like to reflect on those thinks for which I am so grateful. And one of those things is you, our dear readers. I and my team members both here at Team Beautiful Wildlife Garden, as well as Team Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens are so … [Read More...]

leucophyllum IMG_4720b

Snapdragon Shrubs

Life in the Southwest is unique in many ways, and tops on the list are plants you don't find anywhere else on earth. One of these is a shrubby member of the snapdragon family, the Leucophyllum. Native to dry, calcareous areas of Chihuahuan Desert in the states of Texas USA and Chihuahua, Coahuila, … [Read More...]

Holes Drilled in Trash Can

Create a Portable Composter

  Now that fall is winding down, you might want to begin thinking towards next year by taking on this project now. Do you do home composting? Have you often wished you had a portable composter? This is a inexpensive project ($20) that can be completed in less than an hour. First you need … [Read More...]

Certified Monarch Watch Waystation, Venice, California, Photo by Kathy Vilim

The Monarchs of Venice, California

The morning sun rose over the canals of Venice, California, its soft yellow color reflected in the water, as I stood watching the Monarchs, already up and about.  The pocket park they were visiting was still mostly in shade, so I didn’t expect to see the orange-winged beauties until hours later, … [Read More...]

My latest Icheumon Wasp find on Redbud

Balance in the Garden: Ichneumon Parasitic Wasp

Sometime ago I talked about how some wasps keep a garden in balance by using other arthropods as their larval hosts, laying eggs to hatch and feed off the caterpillars of moths or butterflies or beetle larvae.  It’s Nature’s way of ensuring you don’t get too many of one species.  The food chain in … [Read More...]

Bumblebee grabs late season nectar and pollen

Thankful for Nature

As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, my list of things to do grows. My mental list of what I am thankful for is in progress as well, and always at the top of that list are the gifts that the natural world has given us. From tiny pollinators to towering oaks, our world would not be the same if … [Read More...]

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Teaching native habitats with trout

It might seem fishy to set up a 55-gallon fish tank and say you're going to use to it to teach outdoor education, but so far raising brook trout has been one of the most exciting and engaging projects we've taken on at the elementary school where I work. In the local school system, animal life … [Read More...]

syrphidCowbaneHoverOct2014

Aphids are Good? Wait….WHAT???

Down at my pond recently, I waited patiently for a flower fly to land for a photo op.  I use a point and shoot camera and have yet to find that the sports setting is effective at getting close-up photos of insects so I don’t use it.  I took a random shot or two while the syrphid fly hovered over the … [Read More...]

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Winter Citizen Science Projects

Winter is a fabulous time to participate in a wide variety of citizen science projects to help biologists and scientists gather data for conservation planning and further our knowledge of ecosystem health and population abundance of different types of wildlife. I'm working on building a … [Read More...]