2014 Wildlife Garden Tours

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This is the 23rd year I’ve been leading these tours of private backyard wildlife gardens.  And they just keep getting yummier and yummier! Mark your calendar with the following dates & plan to join me for one, several, or all NINE of the 2014 “Tours of Private Wildlife Gardens” (pdf)  that I will again be leading […]

Some Sources of Native Plants

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Once hooked on wildlife gardening with native plants, it can be a real challenge to find native plants.  Yes a few have been mainstreamed, and the nursery down the street may carry them.  But beware of cultivars of native plant.  Cultivars are plants created or selected for specific characteristics such as early blooming or color, […]

Saw my FIRST Ruby-throated Hummingbird on April 12, 2014 !

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  Yesterday, Saturday, April 12, was a good day! Hope you got out to enjoy it too. Clay and I went to Cape May Point to join Tom Reed in his SPRING WATCH. The highlight for me was when Tom called out: ” HUMMINGBIRD ! ! ! “ At 8:55 a.m. Tom spotted a Ruby-throated […]

Eupatoriums in the Wildlife Garden

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If you’re looking for some fun plants to add to your wildlife garden, seriously consider the Eupatoriums: 1.  They are stunning 2.  A selection of them can cover a good part of the growing season 3.  They are pollinator magnets 4.  Monarchs LOVE them and Monarchs need all the help they can get   Enjoy […]

MISTER for Wildlife Garden


In nearly all my programs and workshops I recommend adding a MISTER to your wildlife habitat.  This suggestion is often met with some confused looks, so I thought I’d follow it up here with some photos that can help walk you through it and understand how simple it can be.  NO ELECTRICITY needed, just a […]

2014 Gardening for Wildlife WORKSHOP SERIES

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Hi Gang, It’s been a wild, cold, and snowy winter.  I’ve been enjoying all the birds that are finding refuge in our wildlife garden.  Our heated birdbath has attracted 100s of birds this frozen winter, including a normally very secretive Hermit Thrush and a quite uncommon wintering bird, a Gray Catbird. Speaking of wildlife gardens, I […]

Snowy Owl Invasion of 2013-2014

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Having written the book, How to Spot an Owl, and studied owls for the past 35 years, Clay and I have NEVER seen a winter like this one and probably never will again in our lifetime.  This winter’s Snowy Owl invasion is that special. This winter invasion involves hundreds upon hundreds, maybe thousands, of Snowy Owls.  […]

November Butterfly Gardens in South Texas

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I just returned from a far and distant land where thousands upon thousands of butterflies filled the many native plant wildlife gardens that I visited during my 10-day stay, which included the 18th Annual Texas Butterfly Festival. Many of the butterflies were exotic (to me) southern species that just make it into the United States. Since […]

Measuring Rainfall


With rain so precious and drought gardening being the new normal, I wanted to know exactly how much rainfall my garden received. So I joined the “Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS),” bought my official rain gauge for $25, and began collecting rainfall data during the recent nor’easter.  I tallied a total of […]

Monarchs, Where are They in 2013 ?


I am very concerned about Monarchs This year, I’ve been asked more times than I can count, “Where are the Monarchs?” It is now fall and Monarchs are migrating through Cape May on their way south to the mountains of Mexico where they will winter. They’re not absent.  We’re seeing some.  But few came from […]