Spiny Oak-Slug Caterpillar (Euclea delphinii)

poisonous caterpillar

Summer is the time of the year when butterflies and moths are everywhere in our yard. Which means it is time to search for cool caterpillars! Today I went outside to check on our native passion flower vine and I noticed someone on our deck rail I’d never seen before. …

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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 Monarch Butterfly Garden

Monarch Butterly garden

Monarch butterflies are in trouble. The global monarch population has plummeted in the past 20 years, shrinking  from 1 billion to just 55 million. This has been caused by changes in agriculture, use of pesticides, conversion of grasslands to crops, and destruction of their wintering habitat in Mexico. A recent …

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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

Baby groundhog

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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