Chronological

Starting the Year in Nature

I really like to start a new year the way I want the year to unfold. It's definitely one of my resolutions. So Debra and I packed up the Plott Hound's backpacks with their water and bowl and headed over to our favorite local nature patch, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Oddly, it was … [Read More...]

Morris Arboretum With The Morford Clan

  One of my great joys of the holiday season is that my niece Amanda comes home for the holidays with her husband Ryan and their two boys Wyatt and Drew. Ryan is in the army and is currently stationed in Alaska, so these visits home are surely to be cherished because it certainly doesn't … [Read More...]

Relaxing at the Redneck Riviera

What fun to spend a long weekend relaxing with our dear friends Linda and Donna at their home which they fondly call the Redneck Riviera! Donna is an incredible artist and jewelry maker, and Linda is an amazing glass artist. You can see their work at Barking Dog Gallery or give them a "like" at … [Read More...]

Growing Nature Loving Kids

Teaching kids to love nature, and providing lots of experiences in nature, whether in your own wildlife garden or by visiting local parks and nature centers is one of the best gifts you can give them. The fact is that we will want to protect what we know, and learning about nature and wildlife … [Read More...]

Celebrating 3 Years With Team Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens

On April 18, 2011 I put the first post up here at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens describing our mission and what we hoped to accomplish. I had been interviewing Doug Tallamy and we were lamenting the fact that after so many years of his traveling the country to educate folks about the value … [Read More...]

SheWho Sings in Rehoboth

SheWho, a Philadelphia area feminist acapella choir performs to high accolades at Women's Fest in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Last weekend Debra and I had the pleasure of attending Women's Fest in Rehoboth Beach where each of us presented workshops in our respective areas of expertise. My presentation … [Read More...]

Plott Hounds in the Park

On a recent birding adventure at Assawoman Wildlife Area, we were surprised and honored when our 2 Plott Hounds received a hearty round of applause from several other visitors. We have worked hard at training our Plott Hounds Morgan and Otis to be good travelers (and welcome return visitors to … [Read More...]

Loblolly Pine Wildlife Value

Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) is a native tree of the southeastern United States. Often growing in wet woodlands, Loblolly Pine provides great habitat and value for wildlife. The native range of Pinus taeda covers eastern Texas to northern Florida, and all of the southern coastal states up to … [Read More...]

Assawoman Adventures

Busy weekend starts with a very long day at Women's Fest in Rehoboth Beach, DE, where Debra and I both presented workshops, and then Debra performed with her choir: At 8 am I presented Ecosystem Gardening for Wildlife At 10 am Debra presented "Women's Music Saved My Life" Ran back to our … [Read More...]

Walk in Wissahickon Woods

Nothing is as soothing or relaxing for me as taking a walk in the woods after a long and stressful week. This week I chose the Bells Mills Rd section of Wissahickon Park. While there are lots of things to complain about in the city of Philadelphia, one thing they are really good at is preserving … [Read More...]

Ecosystem Gardening

Pollinators of Native Plants with Heather Holm

I received with joy my copy of the new book Pollinators of Native Plants by Heather Holm, a contributing author for my team blog Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens. I had the opportunity to ask several questions about how we can easily start to attract more native pollinators to our gardens, and … [Read More...]

Restoring the Monarch Butterfly

The Monarch Butterfly has been much in the news lately as we receive the devastating news that the current wintering population in Mexico is at all time low. There are many reasons for this decline in Monarch Butterflies: Current agricultural practice Genetically modified crops Pesticide … [Read More...]

Ice Storm Woes

An ice storm can create beautiful ice sculptures in your wildlife garden–as long as you don’t have to drive in one. But there are also dangers for you, your garden, and the wildlife that makes their home there. It’s been an odd winter weather year in my wildlife garden this winter. We had an … [Read More...]

Native Plant Certificate Programs

While I was recently preparing for my two-day intensive workshop on Ecosystem Gardening for Wildlife as part of the faculty for the Certificate Program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, I got to wondering if other similar programs were offered at … [Read More...]

Native Plant Societies in North America

Native Plant Societies are located in every state in the US and across Canada. There is a comprehensive list of native plant resources for each state in North America, but listed here is a quick resource guide to each native plant society by state. These organizations are made up of passionate … [Read More...]

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Beautiful Wildlife Garden

Growing Nature Loving Kids

Teaching kids to love nature, and providing lots of experiences in nature, whether in your own wildlife garden or by visiting local parks and nature centers is one of the best gifts you can give them. The fact is that we will want to protect what we know, and learning about nature and wildlife … [Read More...]

Loblolly Pine Wildlife Value

Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) is a native tree of the southeastern United States. Often growing in wet woodlands, Loblolly Pine provides great habitat and value for wildlife. The native range of Pinus taeda covers eastern Texas to northern Florida, and all of the southern coastal states up to … [Read More...]

Birding Festivals Through the Year

If you want to learn more about the birds in your wildlife garden, one of the best things you can do is to attend birding festivals near you to learn more about birds in their natural habitats. One of the big things on my bucket list is to travel around the country going from birding festival to … [Read More...]

How to Learn More About Nature

A good way to learn more about the nature of your region is to visit a local national wildlife refuge near your home. I make it a point to regularly visit the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, which is located in southwestern Philadelphia to observe the changing wildlife throughout the … [Read More...]

Early Spring Chores for Your Wildlife Garden

After the Polar Vortex, incessant snow storms, never-ending ices storms, sleet, hail, thunder snow, and frigid temperatures of this winter, it’s finally time to get your wildlife garden in shape for the coming early spring season. The good news is that early spring chores in a wildlife garden … [Read More...]

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Tech Birder

Harlequin Ducks at Barnegat Light

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park in New Jersey is an excellent place for winter birding, especially for Harlequin Ducks, and I bird here at least once every year because the Harlequins are my all-time favorite ducks. This year it took two attempts to get to see the Harlequins. The first day we came … [Read More...]

A Very Odd Birder Pee Stop

As a traveling birder, I’m sure you’ve got your own stories of odd or funny places you’ve stopped for a pee stop. There’s the usual gas stations, Mickie D’s, Wawas, behind the bushes kind of stories. And then there’s the ones that are a story in themselves. But I’ve got to say that the oddest pee … [Read More...]

Birding View from my Outdoor Office

I love traveling, especially if it involves seeing new birds, but I'm still attempting to catch up from back to back travel birding adventures earlier this spring. And while I accomplish this work, I'm really enjoying my backyard birds in my wildlife garden. The weather has been so gorgeous this … [Read More...]

The Quest to See the Horned Guan in Guatemala

Would you want to go see a bird if it was described as a "Death March?" How about if people said "I thought I was going to die?" The Horned Guan is found only in remote locations at high elevations in the cloud forests on extinct volcanoes in southwest Mexico and Guatemala, and has been listed … [Read More...]

Birding Tikal

What happens when a thriving city (from 1000 BC to 900 AD) is abandoned and swallowed up by the surrounding rain forest, only to be rediscovered about 1000 years later? I had the opportunity to find out on my recent visit to Guatemala. When humans give up control in a place, Mother Nature has a … [Read More...]

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Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens

Celebrating 3 Years With Team Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens

On April 18, 2011 I put the first post up here at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens describing our mission and what we hoped to accomplish. I had been interviewing Doug Tallamy and we were lamenting the fact that after so many years of his traveling the country to educate folks about the value … [Read More...]

Walk in Wissahickon Woods

Nothing is as soothing or relaxing for me as taking a walk in the woods after a long and stressful week. This week I chose the Bells Mills Rd section of Wissahickon Park. While there are lots of things to complain about in the city of Philadelphia, one thing they are really good at is preserving … [Read More...]

Finding Positives At The Flower Show

For me, there’s not many positives to be found at a Flower Show. Garish displays of exotic plants from all over the world hold no appeal at all to me. Since my focus is to teach people to create welcoming habitat for wildlife with native plants so that they will attract more birds, butterflies, … [Read More...]

Heather Holm and Pollinators of Native Plants

With the publication this week of Pollinators of Native Plants by our team member Heather Holm, I wanted to take the time to introduce Heather to you and tell you about the author behind this landmark book. Heather Holm has been a contributing author at Team Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens … [Read More...]

Birds in the Winter Wildlife Garden

Caring for birds in the winter wildlife garden means providing three essential elements: Food, Water, and Shelter It snowed this weekend and the temperatures have plummeted to below freezing, and will remain there all week. And I have to admit, being cold makes me cranky. But I am tucked cozily … [Read More...]

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New Rules of Book Publishing

Success For Authors? Build a Tribe

Bill Schaffer and Kris Kratt The husband and wife team of Bill Schaffer and Kris Kratt are the creative geniuses behind the successful Floral Design team at Schaffer Designs of Philadelphia, PA, who recently created The Stars Project, a huge floral pop-up art sculpture on the lawn of the National … [Read More...]

Marketing Lessons From the Lucky Old Souls Burger Truck Failure

Marketing Lessons From the Lucky Old Souls Food Truck Epic Failure As writers we know when building our platform that a combination of a poor quality product combined with pitiful customer service is a recipe for failure. We are always striving to make our product (our writing) the best it can … [Read More...]

My Interview With Pamela Wilson and Kelly Kingman

Why is it so hard to get an eBook done? If you’re like me, the thought of writing an eBook may seem a daunting task, the idea of making it look good may seem insurmountable, and marketing it may seem impossible. Kelly Kingman and Pamela Wilson have teamed up to help us overcome all three of … [Read More...]

When To Keep Your Mouth Shut

I know, we live in a free-for-all, let it all hang out, be transparent social media world where anonymous commenters hurl flaming arrows of ugliness across the web. It’s very easy to respond to one of these comments with your own sarcastic response to prove your prowess in this realm. Face it, we … [Read More...]

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Journal

Starting the Year in Nature

I really like to start a new year the way I want the year to unfold. It's definitely one of my resolutions. So Debra and I packed up the Plott Hound's backpacks with their water and bowl and headed over to our favorite local nature patch, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Oddly, it was just last week that I was lamenting how few ducks were around at Cambridge Waterfront because the winter had been too mild and more northern waterways hadn't yet frozen over, which meant the ducks had … [Read More...]

Morris Arboretum With The Morford Clan

  One of my great joys of the holiday season is that my niece Amanda comes home for the holidays with her husband Ryan and their two boys Wyatt and Drew. Ryan is in the army and is currently stationed in Alaska, so these visits home are surely to be cherished because it certainly doesn't happen often enough! After the Brown family Christmas extravaganza last week, it was fun to schedule a visit to our home for lunch where 3 year old Wyatt amused us with his new dance … [Read More...]

Relaxing at the Redneck Riviera

What fun to spend a long weekend relaxing with our dear friends Linda and Donna at their home which they fondly call the Redneck Riviera! Donna is an incredible artist and jewelry maker, and Linda is an amazing glass artist. You can see their work at Barking Dog Gallery or give them a "like" at the Barking Dog Gallery Facebook page. We got to celebrate Linda's Birthday by taking a boat trip ecotour with Cape Water Taxi, where we did a little birding and enjoyed an education about the … [Read More...]

SheWho Sings in Rehoboth

SheWho, a Philadelphia area feminist acapella choir performs to high accolades at Women's Fest in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Last weekend Debra and I had the pleasure of attending Women's Fest in Rehoboth Beach where each of us presented workshops in our respective areas of expertise. My presentation was Ecosystem Gardening for Wildlife where I talked about sustainable gardening, conserving natural resources, and creating welcoming habitat for wildlife in your garden so that you will attract more … [Read More...]

Plott Hounds in the Park

On a recent birding adventure at Assawoman Wildlife Area, we were surprised and honored when our 2 Plott Hounds received a hearty round of applause from several other visitors. We have worked hard at training our Plott Hounds Morgan and Otis to be good travelers (and welcome return visitors to our friend's homes) and they accompany us on many of our birding adventures. They really love to do some sniffing in new places, and the woods are especially wonderful to them. Morgan is a 6 year old … [Read More...]

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