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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...

   

Snoozing winter away

Bears, bats and honeybees are known for hibernating. But butterflies, frogs, turtles, bears, many others do, too. How these hibernators survive while sleeping for months will amaze you.
FULL STORY...
ButterfliesBatsTurtlesFrogs

 

Life in the subnivian lane

Gone are the warm days, flowers, butterflies and singing birds. Now, it's the chilly, bare, quiet landscape of winter. Anything happenin' out there? FULL STORY...
Hibernating wildlife
 

 

When habitat vanishes...

Since 1980 the U.S. has converted more than 10 million acres of forest to suburbs and every year millions more acres are taken. Here are some of the animals we're threatening and some who are already extinct. FULL STORY...
Going, going, goneAnimals have feelings!

         
   

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...
More reviews
 

 

 

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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