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Gardening for the Birds
Here are five tips for making your backyard more bird-friendly. It takes more than just hanging a...
Plants With Seeds to Feed the Birds
In the autumn, let’s not be in a hurry to cut down plants that have interesting seed heads. The...
How Insects Predict the Weather
Can insects predict the weather? Next time you see an insect, spider, or other “creepy-crawly,”...
Fishing Calendar for 2020
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Fascinating Hummingbird Facts
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The Praying Mantis: Predator of the Garden
The praying mantid is an insect that has fascinated humans for centuries. A master predator in the...
Beneficial Insects in the Garden
Some bugs are good for the garden! Here’s a list of some of the best beneficial insects to have in...
The Thrush's Magical Song
This time of year brings a special treat—the flute-like songs of thrushes. What’s amazing is that...
Can Animals Predict the Weather? Animal Proverbs
Observe animals and you’ll see that they, too, have their own ways of predicting the weather. Here...
How to Build a Chicken Run
Chickens need a safe place to spend their days. Although most predators hunt by night, there are...
The Four Fundamentals of Successful Fishing
Here are tried-and-true fishing tips from an expert fisherman. Think of this as the “four...
Bird Sounds: Eastern Bluebird
You may know the sweet little bluebird from many popular songs, books, and movies, such as “...
When the Whippoorwill Calls
Does the whippoorwill suck goat’s milk? Does it foretell death, marriage, or woe? Can your aching...
Bird Sounds: Black-Capped Chickadee
Here you can identify the sounds and bird song of the black-capped chickadee. You may recognize...
House-hunting with the Bluebird
On a sunny day in early spring, the male bluebird goes looking for the perfect nesting site....
10 Fly-Fishing Tips for Beginners
Interested in fly-fishing? Here are 10 fly-fishing tips for beginners from a competition champion!...
5 Signs of Spring: Birds, Peepers, and Tree Buds
Every year, we patiently look for the first signs of spring in the air—leaves budding, birds...
2020 Great Backyard Bird Count | Citizen Science Projects
Join a citizen science project! If you can count birds, bees, or garden bugs, you’ve got the skills...
Plants that Attract Hummingbirds
Do you love to watch hummingbirds fly around your garden? Learn which types of plants attract...
Nesting Season for Owls
Have you heard the owls? Among the first birds to begin laying nests, the Great Horned Owl and the...
Feeding Wild Birds: A Guide To Seed Types
Is it okay to feed the birds? It depends on the food and the bird. Our handy wild bird food chart...
Homemade Bird Food Recipes
Here are some great homemade bird food recipes that can be used at any time of the year, but...
How to Make Suet for Birds
Suet is the perfect bird food for the winter months, when birds’ food sources start to dwindle....
Redeeming the Raven, Evermore
The raven has been described as a “grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore” (to...
What Are Spring Tides & Neap Tides?
Since antiquity, people have noticed that the greatest difference between high and low tide is...
Two Fishermen Who Rowed to Europe!
In 1896, two intrepid—or crazy—fishermen once set out to do the impossible: row across the Atlantic...
Dragonflies: Facts, Symbolic Meaning, and Habitat
The dragonfly and its smaller cousin, the damselfly, belong to an ancient order of insects known as...
Bird Sounds: American Robin
The American Robin is one of North America’s most common and beloved songbirds. Take a listen to...
February Snow Moon: 2019's Biggest, Brightest Supermoon
On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, the full Moon reaches 2019’s closest approach to Earth. The media...
How Birds Predict Weather
Did you know that bird behavior can help us predict the weather? Closely observe nature and your...
The Best Winter Bird Foods
When you feed winter birds, consider bird food that is normally available to birds in winter. Here...
The Wonderful World of Waxwings
Have you ever seen a waxwing? A beautiful bird with hints of bright colors and a characteristic...
The Wild Turkey: History of an All-American Bird
The American Wild Turkey has become an iconic symbol of Thanksgiving. Perhaps a brief history about...
Bird Sounds: Great Horned Owl
Listen to the call of the Great Horned Owl! Audio recording compliments of The Macaulay Library at...
Bird Feeders: What's the Best Type of Feeder?
When a bird’s natural plant food has waned or withered away, consider a few well-placed bird...
Do Hummingbirds See Red?
I love to watch the hummingbirds at my bird feeders. A friend told me hummingbirds are more...
Shrubs and Trees for Birds
To attract birds to your garden or backyard, you need shrubs and plants that provide food and ...
The Best Chicken Breeds for Your Backyard
With more than a hundred breeds of chickens to choose from, it can be challenging trying to figure...
How Does the Moon Affect Our Bodies?
In mid-February, the Moon returns to the evening sky. This brings up an ancient puzzle: How does...
Feeding Garden Birds in Winter
Birds are an essential part of the garden, helping with pest control as they snap up aphids,...
Snowy Owls Are Returning!
The snowy owl is coming! This giant rare owl—which breeds in the Arctic tundra—was last seen in the...
Fascinating Facts About Owls
Henry David Thoreau once observed, “I rejoice that there are owls”—and we have to agree. Read on to...