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Spring Garden Care

  Spring Garden CarePeople who care about attracting wildlife to their gardens usually learn over time about best practices for fall cleanup and especially the fact that it's really beneficial for our birds if we refrain from relentlessly cutting perennials to the ground before winter. But what then happens in the spring for garden care?  Here in upstate New York, spring can take a looong time to arrive. We are most of the way through March and there's still so much snow! I like to wait to cut perennials down until … [Read More...]

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Downy Woodpeckers

A welcome visitor to my garden, throughout the entire year: the Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens. They are small woodpeckers. In fact, they are the smallest woodpecker native to North America. The Downy is generally about 6 3/4 inches long. The picture, above, is a female. She is dressed … [Read More...]

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Spring has sprung at Cincinnati Nature Center

My family spent the day hiking the trails at the Cincinnati Nature Center in Milford, Ohio this past Saturday.  It was a beautiful, perfect day to get some fresh air and snap photos of all the new life popping up in the woods and at the ponds. The amphibians have already been busy laying masses … [Read More...]

Robins Foraging in Winter

It Must Be Spring—I Saw a Robin!

This time of year in Indiana I often hear people say excitedly, "Spring is not far away; I saw a robin!" Actually robins should not be used to herald the arrival of spring. This is a common myth. Every autumn robins migrate southward but every winter many robins stay in the northern states and … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

Lots of mouths to feed

Bluebird Babies Shepherd in Spring 2015

Big doings at my Central Florida home today.  First day of spring and what could be more rewarding than having the first brood of Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) hatch?  NOTHING! I saw mom and dad doing a bit of back and fourth to the nest box early this morning. Such activity is a sure … [Read More...]

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Maplicious

For most of the year the red maple (Acer rubrum) is an overlooked and underappreciated tree. It is native throughout the eastern US, from the South to the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. It hops right over the Mississippi River and sashays down into eastern Texas. Such a ubiquitous plant is bound to be … [Read More...]

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Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers

Beautiful patterns, holes in tree bark, looking like a sort of Morse Code, is not the work of Martians leaving us a message, or wood boring insects. These holes are the work of a brightly colored, medium sized woodpecker, the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Sphyrapicus varius. The photo, above, is a … [Read More...]

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Native Plants

Nectar sources such as Bidens alba are great to attract adult butterflies such as this Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

Butterflies are Free

Planting beautiful and aromatic nectar sources is an easy way to attract adult pollinators. A flower garden will really draw them in. And everyone enjoys the beautiful colors of the flowers and the butterflies and bees that land. But, it is equally important to provide for the next … [Read More...]

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Hackberry

Here on Snow Mountain, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, I see quite a few hackberry trees, Celtis occidentalis. Most are trees with circumferences of 5 inches or smaller, trees that have not been around long. Their small size may be, in part, because the forest up here is a young forest. … [Read More...]

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Beer and Butterflies, Hops and Commas

This is the time of year I think most of us gardening folk are itching to get back out there tending to our plants and critters.  I've been taking inventory of my seeds, shopping around for new bee boxes and bird houses and mentally designing new flower beds.  Since my brother and I spend so much of … [Read More...]

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Bees, Butterflies & Other Insects

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Where Do Spiders Go in Winter

Do spiders hibernate in winter? Do spiders come inside your house in winter? Where do spiders go in winter? These are questions I'm frequently asked by our readers and also from audiences at conferences and workshops as I travel to speak about Ecosystem Gardening around the country. So lets … [Read More...]

Monarch Nectars on Willows, Santa Monica Mtns, CA photo by Kathy Vilim

Monarchs for President’s Day

The long President’s Day weekend, 2015 found me camping at a favorite spot in Southern California’s Santa Monica Mountains, Leo Carrillo State Beach. This campground at the far north end of Malibu includes its own private beach, a pristine cove on the Pacific Ocean.  To the east of CA’s Route 1 … [Read More...]

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Spring Garden Care

  Spring Garden CarePeople who care about attracting wildlife to their gardens usually learn over time about best practices for fall cleanup and especially the fact that it's really beneficial for our birds if we refrain from relentlessly cutting perennials to the ground before … [Read More...]

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Downy Woodpeckers

A welcome visitor to my garden, throughout the entire year: the Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens. They are small woodpeckers. In fact, they are the smallest woodpecker native to North America. The Downy is generally about 6 3/4 inches long. The picture, above, is a female. She is dressed … [Read More...]

crocus

Spring has sprung at Cincinnati Nature Center

My family spent the day hiking the trails at the Cincinnati Nature Center in Milford, Ohio this past Saturday.  It was a beautiful, perfect day to get some fresh air and snap photos of all the new life popping up in the woods and at the ponds. The amphibians have already been busy laying masses … [Read More...]

Lots of mouths to feed

Bluebird Babies Shepherd in Spring 2015

Big doings at my Central Florida home today.  First day of spring and what could be more rewarding than having the first brood of Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) hatch?  NOTHING! I saw mom and dad doing a bit of back and fourth to the nest box early this morning. Such activity is a sure … [Read More...]

acer rubrum

Maplicious

For most of the year the red maple (Acer rubrum) is an overlooked and underappreciated tree. It is native throughout the eastern US, from the South to the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. It hops right over the Mississippi River and sashays down into eastern Texas. Such a ubiquitous plant is bound to be … [Read More...]

Robins Foraging in Winter

It Must Be Spring—I Saw a Robin!

This time of year in Indiana I often hear people say excitedly, "Spring is not far away; I saw a robin!" Actually robins should not be used to herald the arrival of spring. This is a common myth. Every autumn robins migrate southward but every winter many robins stay in the northern states and … [Read More...]

Nectar sources such as Bidens alba are great to attract adult butterflies such as this Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

Butterflies are Free

Planting beautiful and aromatic nectar sources is an easy way to attract adult pollinators. A flower garden will really draw them in. And everyone enjoys the beautiful colors of the flowers and the butterflies and bees that land. But, it is equally important to provide for the next … [Read More...]

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National Invasive Species Awareness

It is National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2015.  Somehow the memo that came to my neck of the woods didn’t highlight the “AWARENESS” keyword in the promotional name.  As a result, it seems the invasive species around here thought it was an invitation to move in and celebrate…like Mardi Gras.  … [Read More...]