Keep those Nectar Feeders Clean!

Experts say that hummingbirds will starve rather than consume spoiled feeder syrup, so a dirty feeder isn’t likely to cause harm. But it may cost you the pleasure of their company if they abandon your yard for more reliable food sources elsewhere.  So if you would like to enjoy your hummingbirds all summer long, follow…

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Bird of the Month: Yellow Warbler

North America has more than 50 species of warblers, but few combine brilliant color and easy viewing quite like the Yellow Warbler.  Males are a bright, egg-yolk yellow with reddish streaks on the under-parts. Both sexes flash yellow patches in the tail. The face is unmarked, accentuating the large black eye. Look for Yellow Warblers…

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Hanging Basket parenting 101

It’s not easy being a new parent, and don’t you wish those precious bundles came with instructions? Well, they do. I’m talking about hanging baskets, of course. I can’t help you with the other kind of parenting. Hanging baskets are pretty easy once you get the “hang” of them. Here’s a handy summary of everything…

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Grackle: The Univited Dinner Guest

by Jamie Haas It’s that time of year when the grackles are introducing themselves to our feeders. They really are pretty birds with their iridescent purple hues and white eye ring. But soon they will be driving people who feed birds a little crazy. With their ravenous appetites and large numbers they can be a…

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Organic Gardening with Dr. Earth

Organic Gardening So you’ve decided you want to go with an all organic garden this year. We have a great line from Dr. Earth, an organization founded in California 20 years ago, with the goal to contribute to the health of our environment and mankind. Their brand contains no synthetic materials and is 100% organic…

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Bird of the Month: Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vultures are large birds, with a wingspan of 63- 72 inches and weighing in at 1.5-5 pounds. The females are slightly larger than the males, but otherwise the sexes look alike. Both have the tell-tale featherless red head, dark body feathers, gray underside wing-tip feathers, and a vicious-looking hooked pale beak. Vultures have no…

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Bird of the Month: Red Tailed Hawk

You should have no problem spotting our bird of the month since it is the most common hawk in North America. The Red-tailed Hawk is a bird of open country. Look for it along fields and perched on telephones poles, fence-posts, or trees standing alone or along edges of fields.  Mammals make up the bulk…

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