The basics of a backyard
wildlife habitat

Food
nesting

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. By giving back some of the space that was taken from them, we do the morally right thing for wildlife, and help the environment, too. 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. More...

 

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!"  More...

 

Is your yard a flyby?

Love watching birds? Wish they
would visit your yard more often?
Turn it into a haven they'll fly to and stay. Watch them full time! Here's how to do it. More...

         
   

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. More...

 

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.  More...

 

Do animals have feelings?

Have you ever had the nagging thought that you hurt your dog's "feelings?" Scientists are finding that animals, even wild ones, feel emotions. More...

   

Who loves a pine?

If you love love love pines, raise your paw! This group of three squirrel species would, if they could. Their lives are wrapped around pines. They live among them, in them and eat them, too. More...
 

'Life 'rough' for this snake

Rough Green Snakes don't constrict their prey to kill them, like some species do. But "constriction" and "rough" took on a new meaning for this poor snake. Luckily, help came walking by. More...
 

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! More...

 

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