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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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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: 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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Daily Photo Reprise: Birdwatching, 2010

Mimi and Mr. Sunshine keep an eye on the activities at the bird feeders as the snow swirls around outside their window. Is it birdwatching, or meditation, both, or do the mesmerizing movements of the birds and snow lead to a meditative state? They do for me, but perhaps I’m

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Holiday Cards: Greetings From Our Backyard Birds

“That would make a great card!” That’s usually how I decide which of my paintings or photos will end up as a greeting card or note card, following the advice of someone’s suggestion. When it comes to my birds, many of the paintings and photos are from winter, when the

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