Is It Time to Take Down The Hummingbird Feeders?

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How late should I leave my hummingbird feeders up in the fall? There is a myth among some wildlife gardeners that leaving your hummingbird feeders up too late in the fall will entice the hummingbirds to hang around when they should be migrating. But this is simply not true. Hummingbirds don’t decide to hang around […]

It’s Goldfinch Season

American Goldfinch on Pokeweed

Have you been noticing lots of Goldfinches in your wildlife garden this fall? I’ve been regularly spotting a flock of over 30 American Goldfinch in my backyard wildlife garden and the abandoned property next door, which has become quite weedy and filled with Pokeweed, Cutleaf Coneflower, Common Milkweed, Boneset, and much more. Gone is the […]

Duckweed For Wildlife

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Duckweed is the smallest flowering plant in the US If you have a wildlife pond, I’m sure you’re familiar with Duckweed (Lemna minor) as it can quickly cover the surface of your pond. Duckweed is commonly found in ponds, lakes, marshes, and slow moving streams. In streams where the water moves more quickly, the Duckweed is […]

Baldcypress Ecosystem

Great Blue Heron in tree at Trap Pond State Park

Birding in Delaware at Trap Pond State Park, a baldcypress ecosystem. After a wonderful trip aboard the Mummichog II for the Cape Water Taxi Ecotour to explore the ecosystem of the Indian River Bay in southeastern Delaware, today we headed to southwestern Delaware to explore a fresh water ecosystem. Trap Pond State Park, near Laurel, […]

If I Just Stop Mowing, Can I Get a Wildflower Meadow?

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A beautiful wildflower meadow is one of the best gifts you can give to butterflies and native pollinators in your wildlife garden. But the question is, can you achieve this by simply stopping mowing your lawn? Well, the idea of reducing your lawn is wonderful, especially if you are adding lots of native plants that […]

Learn Something New Every Day

CMBG Children Garden

I am in the beautiful state of Maine enjoying the gorgeous native plantings at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens while I’m teaching a 2-day intensive workshop about Ecosystem Gardening for Wildlife for the students of the Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture. I love teaching groups of people who are eager to learn how […]

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