Backyard Wildlife

Best Binoculars for Bird Watching

best bird watching binoculars

Birding requires time, patience and a good set of binoculars. Quality binoculars put you in the heart of the action, letting you see each bird’s tiny details up close and personal. There are many good binocular sets on the market. This makes it tough to choose a pair. To help, we’ve put together this handy … Read more

Creating a Back Yard Sanctuary that Birds Love

Wild birds, those tiny, feathered dinosaurs, bring all manner of goodness to a backyard. Even the drab ones have their own beauty. The songs of some birds are transporting to hear, and even the caw of a crow or the call of a bluejay can be comforting. Birds eat harmful bugs and are always fascinating … Read more

How to Squirrel Proof A Birdhouse

As backyard bird enthusiasts, we often think about how to keep squirrels out of our bird feeders. What we often forget, is these pesky little creatures will often try to enter the birdhouses as well. Follow these simple steps to squirrel-proof your birdhouses this spring and help keep nests safe. Why squirrels attack nesting boxes Squirrels primarily … Read more

Is Your Yard Ready for Fall Migration?

Ever since the summer solstice, the days have been inching and tiptoeing ever shorter, as summer starts to pull the curtain of twilight earlier and hit the roost. I hate that. But wishing for eternal, long days of wonderfulness just ain’t in the cards. The birds are packing their belongings and gathering their now fully … Read more

World Migratory Bird Day 2014

Each week we share a migratory bird you might see, for a few fleeting moments, at your bird feeders, but did you know there is a special weekend to help build awareness of the fascinating bird migration process? World Migratory Bird Day is this Saturday, May 10, 2014. We’re enjoying watching the migration and thought … Read more

3 Steps to Keep Squirrels out of Feeders

Many backyards become a battle of wills between desperate birders and hungry squirrels. In fact, squirrels are one of the most tenacious and successful mammals, when it comes to scavenging for a nutritious meal. 3 Steps to combating squirrel invasions The most important thing to recognize about squirrels is that they are most likely to … Read more

How to Keep Raccoons out of Feeders

Have you ever walked outside with your coffee, hoping to enjoy a few stress-free moments watching the birds at your feeder, only to find it empty? Or worse, laying on the ground in pieces? If so, you’ve probably been visited by a raccoon. Keeping raccoons out of your bird feeders can be a tricky business. Follow … Read more

A Checklist for Spring Bird Gardens

Spring is here–even if it doesn’t feel like it in your area yet. Just like spring cleaning your home freshens everything up for warmer days, a little spring maintenance in your yard can yield big results when trying to attract song and/or nesting birds. Use our checklist to make sure your ready for feathered friends … Read more

Protect Your Bird Feeder From Bears

Pests at your bird feeder are probably something you’re used to. Squirrels, snakes and cats are regular visitors in most areas and have to be contended with. However, a stray bear in your yard is a whole other thing! Why bears visit backyards If you’ve ever been camping in the woods, you’ve probably learned a bit about … Read more

How to Deter Aggressive Birds

With spring migrations and mating season in full swing, many of us are working on gardening, birdhouse and feeder projects we’ve been day dreaming about all winter long. Unfortunately, with the sunny days come the return of sparrow and starling troubles as well. Many bird lovers have a difficult relationship with these non-native and aggressive … Read more

Bird-Friendly Plants for Earth Day

Happy (almost) Earth Day! Earth day is worldwide celebration of environmental protection efforts, so it’s no surprise we’re big fans here at Plant something to celebrate Planting trees for Earth Day is one of the most common ways to celebrate. From college campuses to the retirement villages of South Florida, new roots will be … Read more

How to Attract Screech Owls

Screech owls can be an entertaining and useful addition to your backyard birding adventures. Although you may not think of owls as traditional backyard guests–unless you live on a farm that is–Screech Owls actually make great additions to your yard. These raptors are excellent at helping control the rodent and insect population around your home. … Read more

12 Step Checklist to Attract Birds

The spring migration season is drawing to a close for most of North America. That doesn’t mean the bird watching is any less dramatic. Follow these 12 steps to attract wild birds to your backyard all summer long. Steps to Attracting Wild Birds As birds are nesting, the risk of finding nestlings out of the … Read more

Birds of Prey and Your Bird Feeders

Hawks and other birds of prey soaring over your bird feeder could cause anxiety for bird lovers. Despite their beauty, raptors can bring backyard gardens quickly back into the wild realities of a natural landscape. However, there are some advantages to having birds of prey nearby. Natural security for the birds Whether Falcon, Hawk or Owl, … Read more