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Cuckoo Bees: Invading the Nest of a Bee Near You

Cuckoo bees are named after the European cuckoo bird that lays its eggs in the nests of other birds. A North American example would be the brown-headed cowbird that lays its eggs in the nests of other birds. Other terms for this practice are brood parasitism or cleptoparasitism. Why would a female cuckoo bee go to all the work of finding a nest, collecting nesting materials, laying eggs, and providing food for her offspring when she can get another bee to do all these tasks for her? With all … [Read More...]

Native Plants

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Happy Holly-days, the Robins Return

I awoke this morning to temperatures that were a little cold by Central Florida standards (low 40s F). As the sun came up I grabbed a cup of coffee and headed to the kitchen window to watch the bird activity of the morning. I was greeted by the return of American Robins (Turdus migratorius).  On a … [Read More...]

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How Prairie Saves Lives

It's flyover country out here in Nebraska. Each spring millions of waterfowl come through on their way to breeding grounds in the Dakotas (some 90% of North American ducks breed there), Canada, and the arctic circle. 90 minutes west of here is a pretty famous migration that brings in big tourist … [Read More...]

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Berry Good Shrubs for Birds

Shrubs with edible berries are great for us and wildlife love them. Most are quite adaptable and easily grown. They add visual interest in both summer and winter gardens and provide habitat, food and shelter for wildlife, especially birds.  In the Rocky Mountains we enjoy a sequential bloom of … [Read More...]

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Native Bees, Butterflies, and other Insects

Aphids on a pear tree. One of many out of sight colonies, amounting to several pounds of insects per tree
© Beatriz Moisset

Insects are a weighty matter

If all the insects in an acre of land chose to sit on you, they would crush you. Is that possible? How many insects are there in an acre and how much do they weigh? To get a better perspective on the importance of insects, I set myself the task of finding out how many insects there are in any … [Read More...]

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Decay is Everywhere

Ever wonder what the world would look like if nothing ever decayed? We’d quickly be buried under a very deep layer of all sorts of debris. And we’d run out of nutrients in a hurry. Lots of fungi, insects, and other critters facilitate the breakdown of our trees when they die. Nutrients are released … [Read More...]

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Does This Fly Make My Butt Look Big?

There are endless opportunities to discover something new in your wildlife garden or local park. Remember to take the time to sit quietly and observe what's going on around you. More often than not I discover something new that I didn't know was there, even though I walk by that place several times … [Read More...]

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Wildlife Gardens

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A Bestiary: Part Thirty-five ~ Songbirds: Veery

Veery Catharus fuscescens, is a shy, plump, reddish-brown thrush that lives in the forest and is a member of the Turdidae family, along with the Bluebirds and American Robin. The Veery has a wondrous and unearthly song that floats up into the house and barn from the forest floor just before sunrise … [Read More...]

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Sowing the Seed Heads of Love

I tried really hard to come up with a cheesy title for this piece based on the continual 80s music soundtrack I have in my head, and I think I succeeded. Name the band, get a free prairie!* But more to the point, I am in love with seed heads -- god, I am enraptured. Gone are the days of blissfully … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

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My Evolution as a Hunter

Marquette County, where I call home, boasts the third highest deer density in the state of Wisconsin. Last I checked, numbers are bumping 50 deer per square mile. Not surprising given the habitat. The mosaic of cropland interspersed with fragmented woodlots and wetlands, considered prime by the deer … [Read More...]

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What Do We Learn From Hawk Watch Counts?

From late August through November the skies are full of migrating hawks, falcons, and eagles as they move south for the winter. ...This site is called “The River of Raptors”, but until actually standing in the midst of so many migrating birds, the phenomenon is simply unbelievable! The sky was … [Read More...]

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Mammals in My Garden

Much of what I read about gardening for wildlife concentrates on the winged variety — butterflies, birds, and the insects on which they feed. We certainly have lots of native plants in our garden, and in the adjacent woods, that meet the needs of the many species of birds we’ve seen out our kitchen … [Read More...]

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Epeolus sp.

Cuckoo Bees: Invading the Nest of a Bee Near You

Cuckoo bees are named after the European cuckoo bird that lays its eggs in the nests of other birds. A North American example would be the brown-headed cowbird that lays its eggs in the nests of other birds. Other terms for this practice are brood parasitism or cleptoparasitism. Why would a … [Read More...]

target-practice

My Evolution as a Hunter

Marquette County, where I call home, boasts the third highest deer density in the state of Wisconsin. Last I checked, numbers are bumping 50 deer per square mile. Not surprising given the habitat. The mosaic of cropland interspersed with fragmented woodlots and wetlands, considered prime by the deer … [Read More...]

nphappyholidays2014

Happy Holly-days, the Robins Return

I awoke this morning to temperatures that were a little cold by Central Florida standards (low 40s F). As the sun came up I grabbed a cup of coffee and headed to the kitchen window to watch the bird activity of the morning. I was greeted by the return of American Robins (Turdus migratorius).  On a … [Read More...]

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How Prairie Saves Lives

It's flyover country out here in Nebraska. Each spring millions of waterfowl come through on their way to breeding grounds in the Dakotas (some 90% of North American ducks breed there), Canada, and the arctic circle. 90 minutes west of here is a pretty famous migration that brings in big tourist … [Read More...]

purple berries hanging on branch

Berry Good Shrubs for Birds

Shrubs with edible berries are great for us and wildlife love them. Most are quite adaptable and easily grown. They add visual interest in both summer and winter gardens and provide habitat, food and shelter for wildlife, especially birds.  In the Rocky Mountains we enjoy a sequential bloom of … [Read More...]

Aphids on a pear tree. One of many out of sight colonies, amounting to several pounds of insects per tree
© Beatriz Moisset

Insects are a weighty matter

If all the insects in an acre of land chose to sit on you, they would crush you. Is that possible? How many insects are there in an acre and how much do they weigh? To get a better perspective on the importance of insects, I set myself the task of finding out how many insects there are in any … [Read More...]

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The never-ending story of a native landscape

Plants are alive. They grow, they multiply, and they die. So those perfect-looking landscape plans or meticulously groomed gardens in magazines and online are mere snapshots in time. The reality is that *things* are always changing and that's a good thing. To see how much my front landscape has … [Read More...]

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If You Plant It, They Will Come

One of the true joys of nurturing native plants for a habitat garden is the excitement and gratification of seeing wildlife find and use the plants -- and this usually doesn't take long! As a DIY plant propagator, I grow many of my plants from seeds and cuttings, so I have a lot of containers … [Read More...]