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We all get our meals from the soil in some way...earthworms, robins, and people!  Photo: Ryan Bushby via Wikimedia commons

Celebrate the International Year of Soils! Some things you never knew…

The United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils, and it’s high time that we all show the soil a little love. Soil isn’t just for farmers; the …

Feeding Cardnials Photo Credit: Linda Yvonne Flickr Creative Commons

Love is in the Air: Courtship Behavior in Backyard Birds

February is the month of love, and not just for those who celebrate with a Valentine’s Day card and a box of chocolates.  As spring approaches you may be observing …

Squirrel in the Snow

10 Nutty Facts to Make You Appreciate Squirrels

Why exactly is National Squirrel Appreciation Day (January 21) so popular? Maybe it’s because squirrels are adorable, and extremely fun to watch. Maybe it’s the many hats they wear (not real hats — please …

Northern Cardinals by Laura Hedgecockk

Tips for Winter Bird Feeding

As temperatures drop across much of the country, it’s time to put more thought into what your backyard birds are eating. Providing high-quality food during winter not only entices more …

Wood frog by Brian Gratwicke on Flickr.

Frogs That Freeze Solid

Different animals use different strategies to survive winter. Some species migrate south, others grow thick coats, and some fatten up or stash food reserves. Many species hibernate or go dormant to …

Animal Prints by Charlene Clark.

Who Goes There? Identifying Animal Tracks In Your Backyard

Are you eagerly awaiting the snowy season in order to take a peek at what critters have been scurrying through your backyard? Studying prints left by animals is an ancient …

Nuttall's woodpecker fledgling by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Anthony Mancini.

8 Wonky and Wonderful Woodpecker Adaptations

Each winter I’m absolutely thrilled to see woodpeckers in the woods of Virginia. Woodpeckers are a welcome part of my cold weather hikes, when wildlife sightings become more rare. I’ve had …

Waxwing eats berries

Winter Berries for Birds

Food is one of the four essential elements for wildlife habitat, and berry-producing shrubs are one of the best food sources for birds, particularly in the winter when other food …

An American robin visits a heated birdbath during a snowstorm in Smithtown, New York.  Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Elaine Davis.

Don’t Forget Water for Birds in the Winter!

Throughout the hot summer months, backyard birders like me faithfully supply all the fresh water our feathered friends need for drinking, bathing or simply cooling off. By this time of …

leaves

What to do With Fallen Leaves

You shouldn’t feel obligated to rake up every last leaf in your yard this fall.  Leave leaves on the ground — they have a lot of benefit to wildlife and …

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