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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...
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...
Plants that Attract Hummingbirds
Do you love to watch hummingbirds fly around your garden? Learn which types of plants attract...
5 Signs of Spring: Birds, Peepers, and Tree Buds
What are the first signs of spring? For most of us, spring brings us many of our favorite things:...
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...
Best Winter Bird Foods
When you feed winter birds, consider bird food that is normally available to birds in winter. Here...
Bird Food Recipes for Winter
Here are some great homemade bird food recipes that can be used at any time of the year, but...
Feeding Garden Birds in Winter
Birds are an essential part of the garden, helping with pest control as they snap up aphids,...
How to Choose the Right Type of Bird Feeder
When a bird’s natural plant food has waned or withered away, consider a few well-placed bird...
Best Fishing Days 2018
When are the best fishing times? See our best fishing days on the Almanac’s 2018 fishing calendar, ...
When the Whippoorwill Calls
Does the whippoorwill suck goat’s milk? Does it foretell death, marriage, or woe? Can your aching...
Snowy Owls Are Returning!
The snowy owl is coming! This giant rare owl—which breeds in the Arctic tundra—was last seen in the...
The Wild Turkey: History of an All-American Bird
At Thanksgiving, we think of the American Wild Turkey which has graced many a plate since the early...
Plants With Seeds to Feed the Birds
Most of the garden has been stripped down to bare bones but I am in no hurry to cut down any plants...
Fascinating Facts About Owls
Henry David Thoreau once observed, “I rejoice that there are owls,”—and we have to agree. Read on...
The Elusive Snowy Owl
Native to the Arctic regions, we do not see the stunning snowy owl often (Harry Potter movies,...
How Birds Navigate the Night Sky
How do birds know where to migrate to without getting lost? How do they navigate the dark night sky...
The following tidal glossary shows the various tidal ranges and describes the qualities of each. ...
How Insects Predict Weather
Next time you see an ant or a spider, check out what it’s doing—it could let you know something...
What a Woolly Worm Knows
It’s time again to shine the spotlight on a certain caterpillar—the woolly worm! According to...
Bird Food Recipe: Suet
Suet is the perfect bird food for the winter months, when birds’ food sources start to dwindle....
Outdoors Tips: Fishing, Camping, Sky Watching
Heading outdoors for camping, fishing, or sky watching? Here are some great tips and tools to help...
Bird Sounds: Baltimore Oriole
Here you can identify the sounds and bird song of the Baltimore Oriole. Compliments of The Macaulay...
Bird Sounds: Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Listen to the bird sounds of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. What may sound like a bee is the hum of...
How to Keep Birds Away From Your Garden
Birds are a welcome addition to the garden, but if the crows are devouring your corn and the jays...
Can Animals Predict Weather? Animal Proverbs
Observe animals and you’ll see that they, too, have their own ways of predicting weather. Here are...
House-hunting with the Bluebird
Along with the plip-plip-plip of sap in the maple buckets, another sound brings the walker to a...
Bird Sounds: Black-Capped Chickadee
Here you can identify the sounds and bird song of the black-capped chickadee. Compliments of The...
Creating a Bird-Friendly Habitat
Creating a bird-friendly environment is simply a matter of providing the creature comforts we all...
Bird Sounds: Eastern Bluebird
Have you heard an Eastern Bluebird? Here you can identify the sound of the bluebird. Have you...
How Birds Predict Weather
Did you know that bird behavior can help us predict the weather? Closely observe nature and your...
Praying Mantis: Beneficial Insects
The praying mantis is a beneficial insect that preys on bothersome insects. Explore praying mantis...
Beneficial Insects in the Garden
Here’s a short list of great beneficial insects with pictures—and with tips on attracting these...
Dragonflies: Facts, Symbolic Meaning, and Habitat
The dragonfly and its smaller cousin, the damselfly, belong to an ancient order of insects known as...
What to Put in a Fishing Tackle Box
Before you head out to the ol’ fishing hole, make sure you’ve checked your fishing tackle box. ...
Unbelievable (but True) Bait Secrets
For eons, we humans have raided our gardens, pantries and tackle-boxes in quest of fool-proof fish...
Bird Sounds: Hermit Thrush
Here you can identify the sounds and bird song of the Hermit Thrush. Compliments of The Macaulay...
Bird Sounds: Northern Mockingbird
Here you can identify the sounds and bird song of the Northern Mockingbird. Compliments of The...
Bird Sounds: Dark-eyed Junco
Here you can identify the sounds and bird song of the Dark-eyed Junco. Compliments of The Macaulay...
Bird Sounds: Belted Kingfisher
Here you can identify the sounds and bird song of the Belted Kingfisher. Compliments of The...
Bird Sounds: Mourning Dove
Here you can identify the sounds and bird song of the Mourning Dove. Compliments of The Macaulay...