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Why Hummingbird Feeders Are a Terrible Idea

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in birds, Unmowed Blog, wildlife | 0 comments

Why Hummingbird Feeders Are a Terrible Idea

If you’re going to feed hummingbirds, think carefully about what food you’re offering to these tiny, fragile bodies.

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Dance of the Slug

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in summer, Unmowed Blog, wildlife | 3 comments

Dance of the Slug

From the shapeless body poke long-stalked eyes, as the slug checks you out.  A slug’s personality can really blossom in front of an audience.

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Pokeweed: Summer Giant

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in birds, summer, Unmowed Blog, wildlife | 0 comments

Pokeweed: Summer Giant

This gangly, strange-looking character is pokeweed. I bought it at a native plant sale a few years ago, but it never sent up more than a few floppy leaves, and I’d almost given up hope.

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Poison Ivy: Even in Central Park

Posted by on Jul 17, 2016 in poison ivy, summer, Unmowed Blog, wildlife | 0 comments

Poison Ivy: Even in Central Park

Poison ivy. An amazingly versatile plant, it does indeed grow just about everywhere. Beaches. Forests. Bayous. Even in Manhattan’s Central Park.

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Pigeons: Two in the Bird Bath

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in birds, summer, Unmowed Blog, wildlife | 2 comments

Pigeons: Two in the Bird Bath

Putting up a bird bath, and keeping it clean and full is one of the nicest things you can do for birds in summer. Pigeons take the plunge!

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Red Oaks: On Fire

Posted by on Nov 8, 2015 in fall, insects, leaves, Unmowed Blog, wildlife | 0 comments

Red Oaks: On Fire

Red oak. Really lives up to its name in fall. Late in the season, the red oaks are on fire. The oaks are important trees for wildlife, of course. Everyone knows squirrels eat acorns, but acorns are high-protein food for an astonishing number of animal species: blue jays, wild turkeys, black bears, wood ducks, opossums, woodpeckers, red and gray foxes, rabbits, white-tailed deer, and many more. But a close look at oak leaves shows their other, more subtle, contribution–to the insects. All those thousands and thousands–millions!–of little bumps, nibbles, gnawings, holes....

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