Category Archives: Wildlife

Winter Birding

Red Cardinal example of Winter Birding

Getting the family outside and enjoying nature can be tough in the winter. While the cold may put a damper on many activities, birdwatching is actually a great winter pastime. While it is true that …

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Design ideas to create the perfect catio

Cats that live indoors tend to live longer, which isn’t exactly surprising considering the fact that there are no cars or predators inside your home. Still, fresh air and the natural sights are beneficial to …

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3 Ideas to Keep the Bunnies Off Your Plants

With options ranging from nutritious green beans to filling potatoes, planting a garden is a great way to stock your home with delicious and fresh food. But you aren’t the only one who will find …

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What You Need to Know About Raising Chickens for Eggs

There is nothing better than using a fresh egg in your morning omelet. An egg that you gathered just 10 minutes earlier from your backyard chicken coop, no less. Plenty of homeowners are raising chickens …

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DIY ideas for protecting your bird seed from squirrels

Squirrels are cute when they’re climbing trees, nibbling on acorns and even when they’re simply sitting. Squirrels are not so cute, however, when they’re eating from your bird feeder once again. Not only do they …

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Day Trails to Visit and Explore on Horseback in Maryland

One of the best ways to enjoy Maryland is from horseback, and the DNR maintains plenty of park trails for horseback riding. Check out the following parks, all within an hour’s drive of Annapolis.

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Fencing Your Vegetable Garden to Keep the Critters Out

Your vegetable garden is enjoyed by all, and not just the members of your family. If left unattended and unguarded, it will be enjoyed by the little and larger critters who live nearby, too. To …

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When Do All the Birds Return?

The warm weather not only melts all the snow and encourages new growth to pop out of the ground, but it also brings a flurry of color and vibrant melodies to our backyards. That’s right: …

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“Over the River”, “Wise Old Owl” and “Christmas at the Cabin” Tours

 
Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert

Over the River 
Wise Old Owl 
Christmas at the Cabin 

Our walk continues as we cross the river and meet the friendly welcoming critters  on …

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It’s Pollinator Week, and Gardeners can Help

It’s happening across the U.S. and, thanks to a proclamation from Governor O’Malley, it’s Pollinator Week here in Maryland, too.  So in honor of this very special class of insects, let’s review WHY they’re …

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Tips for Bird-Lovers in Winter

 
Here are some winter tips for bird-lovers of the Mid-Atlantic, with thanks to the experts at the University of Maryland and other wildlife experts.
Attracting and Providing For Birds in Winter

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Owls are a Hit at Spring Open House

Who can resist these guys?  Not just owls, either.  Also something called a raptor called the American Kestrel, shown below.

To learn more, click the bird name: Eastern Screen Owl  or American Kestrel 

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Love Wildlife, and Humans, too? Help the Meadow Project!

Next month at our Open House, noted filmmaker and author Catherine Zimmerman will be speaking at Homestead about the exciting The Meadow Project.  It’s a book and a film titled Urban & Suburban …

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The Beauty of Pollination

Winter gardeners, enjoy this awe-inspiring video and remember how amazing life is in your garden.   You know, insects and birds moving about, flowers and leaves unfurling, most of which we’re really missing about now, in …

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Annapolis Launches Habitat Campaign

Great news out of Annapolis – First Lady Katie O’Malley wants to make Annapolis friendlier for wildlife – and for the Chesapeake Bay, too.  She announced plans to get the entire city of Annapolis certified …

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Great Garden and Nature Apps to Give or Ask For

Dirr’s Tree and Shrub Finder .

Probably the most popular American gardening app that isn’t free is Michael Dirr’s Tree and Shrub Finder, totally worth it at just $15. …

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Watch and count birds this winter – for fun and science!

Here’s a fun winter activity – watching birds with a purpose, through Project FeederWatch.   It’s the annual study conducted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, now in its 25th year, involving …

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A Garden for Butterflies

Written by: Ann-Marie Sedor | Photos by: Melanie McCabe

With their brightly-hued fluttering wings, butterflies provide a beautiful dimension of movement, color and life to any garden.

As advanced insects, butterflies …

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Building a Paradise for Birds

Photos by: Melanie McCabe
Native or indigenous plants provide seasonal habitat benefits to wildlife that non-native plants cannot. An added bonus to native plants is that they adapt well to drought and …

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The Tiny Honey Bee Packs a Big Punch

Written by: Ann-Marie Sedor | Photos by: Melanie McCabe

Watching brightly-colored bees flutter from flower to flower is one of the delights of spring after months of cold weather, but the …

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