The Number One Flower for Attracting Just About Everything

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  Want wildlife to come to your garden?  Plant purple coneflowers! Purple Coneflowers, also known as Echinacea purpurea are absolutely loaded with pollen.   So besides being gorgeous, they are like a giant dinner table for all kinds of critters. Look how this butterfly is eating with its curvy proboscis. This …

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Early Morning at the Frink Centre

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The note I left on the kitchen counter read “Good morning! I’ve gone to the Frink Centre to  look for Virginia Rails.  Pets have been fed.” It’s always a good idea to get up early if you want to see wildlife.   That doesn’t mean I always do it.   …

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Under the Earth

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Let me introduce you to a bird, a mammal, and a reptile, who all spend part of their lives under the earth. First,  perhaps the most surprising one: the Belted Kingfisher! Last month my husband was talking to our neighbours who are in the process of building  their house.   …

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It’s Baby Time!

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Oh boy!   It seems like in the last couple of weeks there has been an explosion of baby birds around here! Let’s start with the woodpeckers.    Last we saw them, Mama and Papa Pileated Woodpecker were taking turns looking after the eggs.    Just a couple of days …

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Happy Homes

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It’s that time of the year- time to make a nest!    Birds have an astonishing array of ways in which they do this. The king and queen of home building must be the Pileated Woodpeckers.   Not only do they knock out a hole in a tree for their own use, …

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