How many eyes does a bee have?

How many eyes does a bee have? Five!

Today Cristina ran in the front door shouting “COME LOOK”. There were six pairs of small bees mating on the floor of our front porch! It was early spring and it was the first emergence of the mason bees who live in the small holes in our porch chairs. They …

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How to kill ivy without herbicides

How to kill English ivy

How to kill English ivy No offense to the English, but please get out of my yard. Here in the United States, English ivy plants are an unwelcome invasive species. It has been the bane of my existence for the last 12 years while trying to transform our North Carolina …

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How to Clean A Bird Bath

how to clean a bird bath

We have a bird bath in our front yard and love to watch the birds splashing happily and enjoying a drink. But if not maintained properly, a dirty bird bath is less attractive to birds and can actually spread disease to both birds and humans. So here’s a quick lesson …

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How To Make a Pond For Wildlife

Pond for Wildlife

When people ask how to attract wildlife to their yard we have two simple answers: plant native plants and make a pond! Even a small pond will attract wildlife of all sorts to your yard from birds to dragonflies to frogs. And it’s surprisingly easy to do! All you need …

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What are Baby Turkeys Called?

what are baby turkeys called

Today I had an amazing encounter with a family of turkeys in our yard. Two baby turkeys and their mother spent more than an hour relaxing and walking around. I wrote all about the encounter here (turkey vs. bird garden statue) but as I was writing I kept wondering what …

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Welcome to Our Wild Yard

Our Wild Yard blog

Hey there! We’re Hal and Cristina and welcome to our wild yard! We’re just starting to build this site so stay tuned. But here’s what you can expect: Gardening for wildlife tips How-to projects Pics & stories about all the amazing creatures in our yard Fun backyard wildlife games & …

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