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Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: What Else is In Your Backyard, The Fauna That Fill It

This is the third in a series of four articles about considering your backyard wildlife habitat. One lovely August morning I was harvesting tomatoes in my vegetable garden. The air was pleasantly warm and the garden was still dewy as I crept along, crouching between the tall beefsteaks, picking the

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Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: What’s Growing in Your Backyard?

THINGS ARE SPROUTING every minute out there in your yard, so it’s time to get out there and get to know your friends! Yes, everything that grows out there is your friend in one way or another, even the dandelions, and maybe even the poison ivy. . . . .

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From the Archives: Watch Your Own Berries, We’re Busy

On this date back in 2008 Namir and Cookie and I enjoyed a summer morning in the back yard. The last week of June is raspberry time in my back yard, and I’d gone around with a bowl to pick whatever was ripe, and likely I was photographing insects and

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Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Sweet and Sour in Summer, Poison Ivy!

Itch. Itch. Scratch scratch. Scratch scratch scratch scratch scratch DIG DIG—aaaggghhh! No, it’s not your cat or dog, it’s you! And what’s the culprit? Poison ivy! But you’ve been wearing work clothes in an office all week, where the heck did it come from? Does your cat visit your yard

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Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Begin in Spring to Control Fleas

FLEAS, LIKE MOST OTHER INSECTS, live everywhere around us and it’s how we manage our surroundings that helps to control their populations. Like managing mosquitoes, for instance, by eliminating still pools of water where they can breed, you can also manage the flea population around your yard without the use

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Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Why Dandelions Are Essential

I POSTED THIS on my photo blog Today and it had a wonderful reception from readers. It occurred to me that the information here also applies to managing your backyard wildlife habitat as well as “Living Green With Pets” while keeping your yard healthy and pest-reduced without using toxic chemicals.

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In the Language of Flowers

As Mimi and I have spent time in the yard we’ve also spent some time in the area I have always maintained as a little memorial to felines who’ve shared our lives and moved on to another existence. This area includes the sleeping kitty statue given to me as a

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Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: An Introduction

THIS IS THE first in a series of articles on building your backyard wildlife habitat and explains just what this concept of providing a bit of habitat for our wild friends to live not only for their benefit but for us as well, and the greater ecological world around us.

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Daily Photo Reprise: Al Fresco, 2011

Today we have frozen slush, but also good memories! We’ve been going outside every day all winter long, but Cookie found the snow and ice just weren’t fun anymore on her 19-year-old paws, so we mostly stayed on the deck. But today we explored the yard in all its winter

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Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Bad Weather Birds

I’D BE REMISS if I didn’t keep Cat TV up and running, even in cold and snowy weather. Not only does birdwatching provide my cats with healthy entertainment and environmental enrichment, it provides it for me too—and welcoming birds to my yard helps in myriad other ways of balancing the

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