The basics of a backyard
wildlife habitat

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why bother?

Why share our space with wildlife? Because it was theirs before urbanization took it from them. Suddenly homeless, they flee to a new, often unsuitable, place. For many, it's a matter of life or death as they face the challenges of the unfamiliar. Read more...


Spring's hungry birds

The cheery spring songs of birds may be disguising hunger pangs. Last summer's harvest of seeds and berries were consumed over winter, and a new crop is not yet here.
Build a birdhouseChoosing a feederSeed prefsBirdhouses


All about spiders

Scared of spiders? They live all around humans, yet when was the last time you were attacked by one? Only a few are harmful and they're all beneficial. Learn more about these fascinating critters. FULL STORY...
All about insects


Plan now for summer

It isn't too soon to make a list of flowers and plants you want for your yard this year. A lot of people started planning soon after the last fall's yard cleanup. FULL STORY...Sample landscape designsMore design tipsHow to design a landscape


Raccoons: feisty, smart

Raccoons must be obsessive-compulsive, what with all the food-washing they do. Not so. It turns out they just like wet food. Their paws have thumbs -- and they can open doors! FULL STORY...
The facts about wildlife and rabiesCute, but not pets


America's fave butterflies

Here's your guide to the biggest, brightest and most beautiful butterflies in your garden. They practically shout out "Look at me!"  FULL STORY...
All about butterfliesInsects: introInsect anatomy


Is your yard a flyby?

Love watching birds? Wish they
would visit your yard more often?
Turn it into a haven they'fly to and stay. Watch them full time! Here's how to do it. FULL STORY...
All about birdsChoosing a bird feederChoosing the right seed


The smartest birds of all

If someone calls you a birdbrain, consider it a compliment. These birds are smarter than apes in some tests, and some live right in your own yard. FULL STORY...
Birds: interesting factsAll about birds


Choosing a birdhouse

It's not rocket science, but picking the right birdhouse does take some planning. There is no one-kind-suits-all. Here's what to know before you shop. FULL STORY...
Build a birdhouseCleaning birdhouses, feeders



Thank an insect

Love 'em, like 'em or hate 'em, we owe 'em -- in a big, big way. Possibly for our continued existence. Whether it's a butterfly or a pesky mosquito, insects feed the world. Here's how. FULL STORY... 
All about insectsInsect life cycle Build a bug house


Book review:

An English Meadow Through the Seasons, by Barney Wilczak

Dreamy photos of an English meadow through four seasons pay homage to the natural world. FULL STORY...
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Wildlife's good mothers

Human mothers don't hold the patent on good parenting. Good mothers are found in the wild, too. Introducing eight of them you'll enjoy reading about. FULL STORY...
All about the Striped SkunkEvicting uninvited guestsHow to rescue injured/orphaned wildlife


Squirrels, trees, baffles

Isn't it enough we have to battle squirrels over control of our feeders? Our trees aren't safe, either! Baffled about how to stop them? We show you DIY with a plastic bucket. Eezy peezy! FULL STORY...
All about Fox and Gray Squirrels
Keep yard safe for wildlife

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