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Poem for Spring: To Come Again in Spring

As the spring unfolds with longer days and milder temperatures, we remember what has passed. Because it feels like such a day of renewal, and also remembrance, I thought I’d share a poem that’s not feline-centric for this holiday and this time of year. Of course, though, it includes my

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Happy Easter, Eostre, Renewal and Spring

After a long and harsh winter spring has finally arrived and seems prepared to stay, the sun shines brightly, the air is warm, flowers bloom and trees leaf, and all the birds, animals and even insects are making up for lost time in starting their year. Whatever you celebrate on

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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: 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: The Big Branch, 2010

Most of the snow is melted out there, and new snow falling is pretty but not amounting to much as Mimi and I continue to “look for spring”, but four years ago this is what it looked like—nearly a foot of snow still to melt though it was warm and

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Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: It’s the Great Backyard Bird Count!

IT’S THE WEEKEND for the Great Backyard Bird Count, one of the largest citizen-science projects for species tracking in the country! If, as I am, you are concerned about all the articles citing declining songbird species and putting the blame on cats in general, especially stray and feral cats, this is

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Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Attract Birds With Homemade Treat Cakes

THIS POST IS the most popular in the Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat series, and one of the most popular on my blog. It never fails to surprise me how much we all have in common—it seems most of you feed birds at least now and then, and many all through

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Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Join in the Christmas Bird Count

AS PART OF maintaining our Backyard Wildlife Habitats we widen our scope to the urban, suburban and rural areas around us to count birds as part of another citizen-science project, initiated in 1900 in response to an annual sporting hunt that slaughtered game birds and songbirds alike as well as

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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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Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Fall Cleanup, Bird Feeding and Fleas

So what do these three topics have in common? It’s time to start cleaning up the excess in the yard, raking leaves and giving the grass that last cut of the season, and time to put out the winter feeders as the migrants settle into your area. By taking care

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