Wildlife in the Garden

Backyard Birding Made Easy

by Risa Edelstein on October 26, 2010

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photo credit: scazon I always wish I could better ID some of the backyard birds I see when I travel and visit gardens in other cities.  I’ve pretty much mastered the ones in my neighborhood but I often have a hard time knowing who’s who elsewhere .  Well I just discovered that National Geographic has a great site [...]

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Butterfly Gardening ~ The Painted Lady

by Risa Edelstein on October 12, 2010

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Part of gardening is supporting local biodiversity and the number of butterflies that show up in your garden in one of your scorecards! Not to mention how happy the tend to make most people.  Painted Ladies are one of the most common butterflies worldwide.  You can recognize them by their dots and slashes on the [...]

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6 Ways to Deer Proof Your Garden

by Risa Edelstein on October 5, 2010

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photo credit: Dluogs Being an animal lover, I think deer are adorable. But when they decide that your garden is their next 5-course meal, they become much less cute.  Here are some ecological practices you can use to help keep deer out of your garden. #1 Choose Deer Resistant Plants The reality is that plants [...]

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Turkey Heart Attack

by Risa Edelstein on May 8, 2010

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    I never considered being a gardener a dangerous way to make a living until this week when a large male turkey visited us in Newton, Massachusetts.  He announced his presence when he was next door at the neighbor's and then he walked right through the garden hedge into the tulips and proceeded to [...]

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Last year I reviewed and raved about Doug Tallamy's book, Bringing Nature Home.  You can now hear him in an interview at the Timber Press site.  There are five parts and he is very inspiring.  He's come to talk in this area a few times but I always seem to  miss him so the audio [...]

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Wildlife in the Boston Burbs

by Risa Edelstein on November 27, 2009

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Last weekend I got a few shots of a whole family of turkeys crossing the road.  No doubt they are thrilled that Thanksgiving is over. Share

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A Surprise in the Garden

by Risa Edelstein on April 19, 2008

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What a surprise I had last week in one of my client’s gardens when I discovered an entire nest of chipmunks  – at least that is what we think they were.  I was cleaning out the garden, cutting back perennials when I came upon this fur clump.  Underneath a whole mass of it was a [...]

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About Bluejays

by Risa Edelstein on January 28, 2008

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I love blue jays no matter how pedestrian they are.  For me, their presence is always a sign of spring and I love the fact that they mostly hang out in pairs.  Not only are they bold and beautiful but they are inquisitive and aggressive.  And they can be loud so there is no mistaking [...]

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