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Creating a Yard That Attracts Wildlife September 23, 2014

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red-bellied woodpecker

Any effort you make to add plantings to your yard will attract all sorts of wildlife. When we bought our small town lot 20+ years ago, there was no landscaping of any sort — no trees, shrubs, or flowers.

Slowly over the years, we’ve added beds, trees, shrubs, and flowers and have been amazed at what comes to our yard! We’ve had small animals like a woodchuck, raccoon, and baby skunk. We’ve also attracted many varieties of birds from woodpeckers to hummingbirds. All in town on a small little lot.

So go ahead, add some plants and flowers even if you add them in pots around a balcony or deck — see what comes to visit! ;)

Check out the latest issue of my online paper Paula’s Garden Patch News and find tips for creating a habitat in your own backyard that will attract all kinds of wildlife.

 

Lots of Veggies August 7, 2014

We have been harvesting several things in recent weeks from our yard pots — cherry tomatoes, flat leaf parsley, sage, and soon basil (it’s a little slow growing in our shaded yard!).  We also belong to a CSA farm and have lots of colorful items in our boxes each week — summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, potatoes, beets, tomatoes, peppers, snap peas, and lots of greens.

I never tire of using these fresh veggies in all kinds of dishes that are perfect lunches or al fresco suppers.

Go to Paula’s Garden Patch News to check out what American Meadows has been harvesting in their gardens. Yum!

What have you been harvesting and enjoying this time of year?

 

 

Tips for Helping Birds Avoid Deadly Collisions July 23, 2014

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Earlier this spring, we lost a female grosbeak to a deadly collision with one of our garage windows. :( I quickly put decals in the windows to avoid this mishap in the future. Did you know hundreds of birds die each year due to collisions with windows? A particular concern is in urban areas with tall glass buildings.

Here are a few tips for helping our feathered friends avoid deadly collisions with your windows:

  • Place window decals 2-4 in apart
  • Install external screens on windows
  • Close blinds and curtains when possible
  • Keep feeders 30 ft from windows
  • Move houseplants away from windows

For a humorous video by The Audubon Society, visit this issue of my newsletter: Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014 – Paula’s Garden Patch News

 

The Green Heron June 18, 2014

Filed under: Bird-Watching,Birding — Paula B @ 2:21 PM
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Have you seen this pretty heron?

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green heron

They can be found across the United States, but are declining in numbers. :(

My husband and I have spotted them at nearby lakes and rivers. They are harder to spot than the Great Blue Heron or the Great White Egret since they are smaller. They nest in scrubbier areas near the water’s edge while the Egrets and Herons make large nests at the tops of trees, which are easy to spot.

A great number of these beautiful birds have been discovered nesting in a marshy area in Louisiana.

Read more about this discovery in this Audubon article.

 

What to Do If You Find a Baby Bird Out of the Nest June 12, 2014

Filed under: Baby Birds,Bird-Watching,Birding — Paula B @ 9:26 AM
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juvenile cardinal

A hand selected article from Paula’s Garden Patch News about what to do if you find a baby bird out of the nest. We recently found a robin fledgling out of the nest too early. I’m glad to see from the graphic below that we did the right thing by putting him/her in a safe place and continued to watch as the parents fed it for the next several days.

Great infographic on the subject from Audubon Magazine

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Pretty Perennial: Bee Balm June 10, 2014

I love bee balm and so do my hummingbird visitors. I have a couple of spots with this pretty perennial. Do you have it in your yard?

Read more about this perennial on the American Meadows blog: A Showy, Native Perennial: Bee Balm

 

Paula’s Garden Patch News

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Latest issue is online. Read Paula’s Garden Patch News.

 

 
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