Some animals share and pass down knowledge, creating cultural traditions, but one species of bird is really good at it.
For millions of years, flowering plants have engaged in an intricate ecological dance, evolving to protect themselves from predators and pathogens while, at the same time, developing ways to attract potential pollinators–both important parts of the plant’s life cycle. Pollinators, too, have been tied up in this tango, a back and forth of creating and overcoming attraction and resistance, access and exclusion, which, over time, has pushed each other to be perfect partners in their biological ballet. Here, we explore the intimate connections plants and pollinators depend on for survival and how this understanding can enhance our own efforts when gardening for wildlife.
As you explore wildlife landscaping recommendations, you will find a common theme around mowing. Conservationists are always encouraging people to mow their lawns less often or not to mow their fields from May to August. What is that all about?
FOR WILDLIFE GARDENERS, it may be time to say goodbye to the plastic and wooden fences that mark many property lines across the country. Though such fences may mute the sounds of street traffic, screen unsightly views and offer some privacy, you can accomplish those same goals—while providing food, cover and nesting places for birds, pollinators and other creatures—by planting a wildlife hedge.
Guam kingfisher chick is one of the rarest birds in the world.
If you’re among the 59 million Americans the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says feed wildlife around their homes and you’re searching for a bird seed that squirrels won’t eat, there’s a pretty good chance you’re wasting your time.
Note: Although this article is dated 2014, the content is worth revisiting, especially during the Spring and Summer seasons. We hope readers find it helpful.
Fruit-bearing plants, piles of leaves and other backyard choices can bring birds and get rid of insects.
Tuesday June 12, 2018
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Join birders and guides, Sue Lucas and John Mercer, for this exciting day trip to hike and bird in the Poconos. Penn Forest in Carbon County and surrounding areas provide excellent habitat for birds, and varied terrain (woods, fields, hills, streams and lakes) sure to please birders and hikers alike. Bring binoculars, good hiking boots, a small backpack, a bag lunch and extra water on this active trip. Transportation, snacks and water are provided.
Whether we identify as birders or photographers or both, we are always looking for ways to get closer to birds, or to bring them closer to us. Offering food—sating the hunger that is such a primal drive for all of us—is an easy way to do that. But knowing what kind of food is okay to supply, and when, and where, can be confusing.
WASHINGTON – A coalition of national environmental groups, including the National Audubon Society, the American Bird Conservancy, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, National Wildlife Federation, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, today filed litigation, National Audubon Society v. Department of the Interior, in the Southern District of New York challenging the Trump Administration’s move to eliminate longstanding protections for waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA).