The Wildlife Nursery


  Gardening often provides the closest encounters we ever have with wild creatures.  It is a solace and a distraction in bad times, and a shared joy in good ones.  ~Ursula Buchan     When you establish a wildlife garden, you need to be aware that at some point in the spring, summer or fall you will […]

Whose Feeder Is This Anyway?


  “Small birds throw seeds out of the feeder; large birds pick them up off the ground, but the squirrels try to muscle in.” ― Lilian Jackson Braun         It has been a typical free-for-all in our wildlife garden this spring.  We had the battles for prime nesting sites.  Then the red-winged blackbirds and […]

Welcoming Critters: Northern Leopard Frog


  “The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”  ~ Ram Dass       Every spring we look forward to seeing who will be the first frog frolicking in the pond.  Usually we have green frogs and bullfrogs, but this year the first frog to leap into the pond was none other than a […]

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 trees […]

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 plans at the […]

Welcoming Critters: The Fantastic Mr. Fox


  “The fox never found a better messenger than himself.” Irish Proverb         During an unusual January thaw that saw warmer temps and pouring rain, we were witness to a fabulous sight, our resident red fox (Vulpes vulpes), the largest of the fox family and most widely seen throughout many parts of […]

The Circle of Life In My Garden

Downy Woodpecker

Can Woodpeckers and other birds slow the spread of Emerald Ash Borer?   “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”  ~R. Buckminster Fuller       As the snow has piled up and the mercury has dipped into sub zero […]

Wildlife Holidays


  He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.  ~Roy L. Smith       I am reminded this time of year as I am gathered with family, cooking, eating, telling stories with hugs and tears that my wildlife garden is still alive with magic.  Deer are finding […]

Welcoming Critters: 4 and 20 Blackbirds


I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.  ~Joseph Addison       When I started this series, I wasn’t expecting to find so many different critters continuing to frequent my garden even in late fall.  But here we are again. […]

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