Squirrels: Waiting

These two are such a nuisance.  Now they’ve taken to sitting on the fence, one on each wall, watching me, waiting patiently for me to leave.  I’m sure the second I’m away from the window, they’ll attack the bird feeder. Looks as if I may have to try one or two of these “Tips for Outwitting Squirrels” from the National Wildlife Federation… http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/Birds/Archives/2010/Squirrels. I’m hoping … Continue reading Squirrels: Waiting

Fun! Great American Backyard Campout

The Great American Backyard Campout is coming up on June 22nd, 2013. It’s time to start planning now! What is the Great American Backyard Campout? It’s an event created by the National Wildlife Federation and their “Be Out There” campaign to reconnect kids with nature and the outdoors. On the 4th Saturday of every June, thousands of families will head outdoors for a night of … Continue reading Fun! Great American Backyard Campout

Hike and Seek! National Wildlife Federation

I just came across these great fundraising events being offered through the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).  They are not offering an event here in California, but I wanted to let the rest of you know about it, just in case there’s one located near you! Hike and Seek:  This is a 1-2 mile hike and scavenger hunt for kids.  Activity stations will be set up … Continue reading Hike and Seek! National Wildlife Federation

Backyard Wildlife… The Squirrel

We’ve had this one bird feeder in the backyard for almost two years now, without any problems with squirrels.  But that changed this week.  We now have a small red squirrel who visits us daily, cleans up the seeds dropped on the ground by the birds, and has, unfortunately, begun to raid the bird feeder itself.  He’s actually figured out how to raid both of … Continue reading Backyard Wildlife… The Squirrel

Bring on the Butterflies…

After tons of research, I finally decided what to plant in our yard to attract butterflies.  As you may know, we’ve been creating a backyard wildlife habit, following the guidelines set forth by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). My first goal in creating our butterfly garden was to add plants to our yard that will provide nectar.  Several varieties of Salvia (commonly known as sage) … Continue reading Bring on the Butterflies…

Creating our Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Step Four, Homes for Wildlife

We’re on the final step of creating our backyard wildlife habitat! For those of you who don’t already know, we’re following the guidelines provided by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) in their Certified Wildlife Habitat program. So far, we have completed the following steps: Provide food Supply water Create cover The final step is to give wildlife a place to raise their young. The guidelines … Continue reading Creating our Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Step Four, Homes for Wildlife

Creating our Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Step Three, Create Cover

Today was day three of working towards making our backyard into a Certified Wildlife Habitat, per the guidelines provided by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). So far, we’ve completed step 1 (provide food) and step two (supply water).  Our focus today? Create cover for wildlife. This step in the certification process requires that a backyard has two types of cover for wildlife, selected from the … Continue reading Creating our Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Step Three, Create Cover

Creating Our Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Step Two, Supply Water

For those of you who are following us, you know that yesterday my son and I started to create a wildlife habitat in our backyard, following the guidelines set by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Yesterday our focus was on providing food sources for wildlife. Today, we worked on step two… supply water for wildlife. Certification requires that the backyard provide one water source, selected … Continue reading Creating Our Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Step Two, Supply Water

Creating Our Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Step One, Provide Food

Today my son and I began working towards making our backyard into a Certified Wildlife Habitat, per the guidelines provided by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). I figured it would be best for my four-year-old if we only focus on one aspect of certification at at a time. Our focus today? Step one: Provide Food for Wildlife. Certification requires that the backyard provide three food … Continue reading Creating Our Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Step One, Provide Food

Attract Wildlife to Your Home – Create a Backyard Wildlife Habitat

After struggling with what to do with our little backyard for the last several years, I think I’ve finally found a solution. The main constraint for us is an oak tree that covers our entire yard with shade, making vegetable gardening difficult. The only plant thriving in our yard is rosemary. Kale does pretty well, but that’s about it. Lately, I’ve been considering creating a … Continue reading Attract Wildlife to Your Home – Create a Backyard Wildlife Habitat