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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

Featured Post

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 course, they can't sustain the part. Do you remember fireflies? When is the last time you watched fireflies on a warm, humid summer night?  Last summer, I was out visiting my family in the Chicago suburbs. I drove west, out to a more rural area, 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...]

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...]

More shades of spring. Washington Hawthorne.

Spring, Up Close

I love macro photography. The ability to look very closely takes the most ordinary object and makes it extraordinary. I thought it would be fun to take a “macro-eyed” view of my wildlife garden during each season. Here’s my offering for Spring 2014. In the grand food web of life, plants are the … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

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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...]

High Voltage Power Lines Span the Countryside, photo from Kid's Brittanica

What’s Scaring the Wildlife?

  On a recent trip to Village Nurseries in Huntington Beach, CA, my first trip to this garden center, I was surprised by its location; the nursery was located in a corridor of High Voltage Power Lines. When I inquired about it, I learned that many nurseries and Christmas tree farms rent … [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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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...]

Spring Disorganization

It is spring, at least officially. It may snow tomorrow, because why wouldn't it? But after that, if one believes the forecasters (and we do, because otherwise we are adrift in an unkind and unknowable gardening cosmos) we shall be into spring-like weather at last. It is this time of year when … [Read More...]

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Bees, Butterflies & Other Insects

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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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The Crocus with the Mostest

We just moved back to our high mountain home yesterday, after spending six months living in town because of the big Colorado floods back in September. First things we did: Get a fire going in the wood stove, and feed the birds. Next order of business? Look for pasque flowers! Pasque … [Read More...]

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Most Recent

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...]

Pine Cone Clover sm

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...]

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...]

Jay Scrub Find your style

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...]

More shades of spring. Washington Hawthorne.

Spring, Up Close

I love macro photography. The ability to look very closely takes the most ordinary object and makes it extraordinary. I thought it would be fun to take a “macro-eyed” view of my wildlife garden during each season. Here’s my offering for Spring 2014. In the grand food web of life, plants are the … [Read More...]

High Voltage Power Lines Span the Countryside, photo from Kid's Brittanica

What’s Scaring the Wildlife?

  On a recent trip to Village Nurseries in Huntington Beach, CA, my first trip to this garden center, I was surprised by its location; the nursery was located in a corridor of High Voltage Power Lines. When I inquired about it, I learned that many nurseries and Christmas tree farms rent … [Read More...]

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How to Learn More About Nature

A good way to learn more about the nature of your region is to visit a local national wildlife refuge near your home. I make it a point to regularly visit the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, which is located in southwestern Philadelphia to observe the changing wildlife throughout the … [Read More...]