Tuesday, August 30, 2016
cardinal on snowy branch

Scott Shalaway shares a birding twist on the classic "The Night Before Christmas" poem.
deer photo

Over the last 30 years, deer and raccoons have cost me a small fortune. Though I never intentionally feed these backyard visitors, they're difficult to discourage.
Cardinal

Any one can become a bird watcher. The annual Christmas Bird Count and Great Backyard Bird Count offer bird enthusiasts an opportunity to contribute to science.
reading book in library

As the holidays approach, here are some books I recommend for any nature-lover on your gift list.
deer

A recent study in the journal EcoHealth connects white-tailed deer and free-roaming cats to the disease toxoplasmosis.
bird feeder

Put up a bird feeder this week, and you'll soon see a nice variety of birds, including chickadees, titmice, goldfinches and cardinals.
female robin

Each day the sun rises a few minutes later and sets a few minutes earlier.
persimmons in tree

Frosty nights signal persimmons to ripen, turn from bitter to sweet, and lose their astringent nature.
Burmese Python

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is looking for a few fearless hunters. But if you’re afraid of snakes, stay home.
crow perched on post

Several times each year I'm pleasantly surprised when I get a letter or email from a reader asking how to attract more crows. Such letters make me smile.
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