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The biogeography of Pacific Northwest butterflies

May 8, 2018

Animals and plants occur where they do, and don’t where they don’t, because of particular characteristics of the landscape in concert with their own adaptations and ecological amplitude. Learn more about the butterflies unique to the biogeographic regions of the beautiful Pacific Northwest with help from Robert Michael Pyle and Caitlin C. LaBar, authors of Butterflies of […]

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Getting to know your region

March 31, 2017

By observing the surrounding countryside in your region, birds present in remnant habitats, parks, and gardens, and researching the species that once lived in your area or passed through during migration, you can discover what species of birds are likely to be attracted to your garden. Then you can plan your garden to cater to […]

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State birds of the Pacific Northwest

March 7, 2017

Birds of the Pacific Northwest describes and illustrates more than 400 bird species commonly encountered in the diverse landscapes of the region. In this excerpt, John Shewey and Tim Blount tell us more about the iconic state birds of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

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Ten bird facts to impress your biology class: For students, teachers, and nature buffs

October 5, 2016
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Why birds have the bills they do

September 5, 2013

Gardening for the Birds: How to Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard by George Adams ______________________________

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Gardening for the Birds: 5 places, 5 birds

August 21, 2013

The key to providing food and shelter for birds is using native plants. Beside being a familiar source of food and habitat, gardening with native plants can also limit invasive species and predatory bird populations by strengthening the number of native birds. But how can you know what birds are native to your area and […]

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Cats, small spaces, and noisy birds: An interview George Adams of Gardening for the Birds

August 19, 2013

Gardeners and homeowners who would like to create more wildlife-friendly spaces often face challenges in doing so. Pets are a consideration when inviting other animals (and insects) closer to home. People living in urban areas need to maximize their limited space. And how will wildlife find these spaces, anyway? George Adams, author of Gardening for […]

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Common garden hummingbirds of North America

August 18, 2013

Of the 19 hummingbird species that migrate in North America, only 8 species travel considerably north of the Mexican border. In the Far West, 7 species nest, 4 species nest in Canada, and only 1 species, the ruby-throated hummingbird, regularly nests in the eastern half of North America. These are some of the hummingbirds most […]

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Providing for hummingbirds in the garden

August 18, 2013

Hummingbirds are the exquisite jewels of the garden, and they are also major pollinators and insect predators. As the bird probes the long, tubular flowers with its long, thin bill, pollen is deposited on the bird’s head and then transferred to the next bloom. The tubular flowers hold their nectar deep enough to deny less […]

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Create your own wildlife refuge

June 5, 2009

Last night I finished watching the series Planet Earth. Most of the series contained gorgeous footage of animals from all over the globe and in every ecosystem–jungles, seas, deserts, mountains, etc. There were serious contenders for The Absolute Cutest Baby Animal Ever (I nominate baby musk oxen), and footage of animals interacting with each other […]

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