A bad day outdoors is…

an adventure. fun. a learning experience. all of the above!

I spent the day at a Texas Master Naturalist training. The day began with a training sponsored by the Padre Island National Seashore (PINS) to teach volunteers how to help rescue cold stunned turtles. The Master Naturalist crew was […]

Staying connected to nature when the weather is awful

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This has been a tough year for weather. Here in Texas we are experiencing the worst drought in the state’s history. In the coastal bend of Texas the temperatures have routinely been in the high 90’s and in other places of the state the temperatures have topped […]

Garden for Wildlife

House Sparrow by Arvind Balaraman from FreePhoto.com

The most common bird at my feeders is the English House Sparrow. As I sit here typing this post one has come down to one of my feeders for a peanut. I have mixed feelings about non-natives like the English House Sparrow. They are […]

Garden for Wildlife

The second Saturday in May is designated as migratory bird day. Migratory Bird Day ties in perfectly with gardening for wildlife. As humans develop more and more land to serve our needs habitats for other animals, including migratory birds becomes more and more fragmented.

What does this mean? Imagine for a moment that you have, […]

Some days are like that

This has been a bad day. One of those days where just getting the basic stuff done is a schlog. (Stolen, without apology, from Betty Friedan). A schlog is that sort of motion or effort where it feels like you are moving through peanut butter to get anything done. And then it got a little […]

Celebrate wildlife that hop and leap

Today the National Wildlife Federation is celebrating wildlife that hop and leap. Sad to say that they don’t have a bird on the list and I think that they are a little remiss in this. There are lots of birds that are noted for hopping behavior. The most common North American bird that comes to […]

Celebrate Wildlife that Fly

Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, dragonflies and all the other critters that fly are the focus of the National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Week celebrations today. As I stated in yesterday’s post, I have long had a love of birds that I think started in a Golden Book of Birds that I treasured as a child. I […]

National Wildlife Week

From Monday, Mar 14 through Friday Mar 19 the National Wildlife Foundation is celebrating National Wildlife Week. The theme this year is “The Wildlife That Moves Us”. What is that for you?

For me it’s birds. I remember, as a child, having a copy of The Little Giant Golden Book of Birds […]

Decorating for the holidays, birdy style

Jay in Snow FreePhoto.com Image by Dr. Joseph Valks

It is the holiday season. A time for decorations and festive foods. In most parts of the the northern hemisphere it is also a time for the food supplies to be buried if you are a bird or an animal. While you […]

For halloween, take a bat walk…

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Halloween is coming in a couple of weeks and the Moon is waxing to full by next Sunday. This a great time to get out in the evening, in the cool fall air, and look for those animals that come out in the night. One of my favorite night […]