Wildlife

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Black Bears in Southern California Neighborhoods

Between California's droughts and wildfires, black bears and other wildlife are losing their mountain food, safety, and shelter. This article addresses the plight of black bears and how to help them through tough times, without endangering yourself.

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What Are the Benefits of Beekeeping?

Beekeeping fights a deadly environmental crisis, rewards you with stress-relief and offers you an extra source of income.

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The Pileated Woodpecker: Observations of a New Family

Pileated Woodpeckers are the largest and most majestic of their species. I was honored to document the making of a new family, which I share with you in this article.

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Can You Outsmart a Raccoon?

Raccoons are so cute with their bandit-like mask and human-like hands, but don't underestimate their ability to outsmart you when it comes to scavenging in your garbage cans, and always be aware that they have the ability to inflict serious injury upon you and your pets if they are threatened.

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Observation of Nesting Pileated Woodpeckers

Pileated Woodpeckers are fascinating birds. Here I share with you my personal observations of a family in the making.

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What Do Fennec Foxes Eat in the Wild and in Residential Homes?

Fennec foxes are cute but cunning. Just like small dogs, you can carry them around and play with them. Make sure that you feed them well. Interestingly, even though fennec foxes are closely related to dogs, their diet is very similar to that of a cat. So, what do fennec foxes regularly eat?

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Safety Tips: What to Do If You See or Encounter a Coyote

Coyotes are a native species. Some states protect them by law and some don't. As we continue to overlap in urban and rural areas, coyotes, humans, and their pets will cross paths. So, what do you do if you encounter a coyote? Are you safe? Is your dog or cat safe?

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What to Do If You Find a Baby Bird on the Ground

Did you find a baby bird on the ground? Are you wondering what to do? Does it need water and food? Are the parents coming back? Should you leave it alone and just watch it? Your questions answered.

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The Best Squirrel Names

Thinking of a good name for your squirrel? This article showcases an epic list of best squirrel names.

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Bald Eagles: Facts You May Not Know

The bald eagle has a fascinating history in the U.S. They are large raptors with hooked, yellow beaks and claws. They have come off of the endangered species list. The species is on the Great Seal of the U.S. and is used on most official documents from the president. It is on vehicles and podiums.

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Loud, Curious American Crows: Most People Either Love Them or Hate Them

We didn't know much about American crows until they discovered the food we put out for other birds in our yard. But once they find a food source, they become regular visitors, which is something most people either love or hate. We are among those who love these noisy, inquisitive, smart birds.

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Crows as Pets: Is It Legal to Have a Pet Crow?

Who wouldn't want to own a pet crow? You could train it to sit on your shoulder and recite poetry! On the other hand, is it legal . . . and moral? Would a crow make a good pet? Read on to find out.

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20 Black and White Animals With Names, Pictures, and Facts

Are you looking for a list of black and white animals? Here are 20 of the most recognizable black and white species. Learn about why their colors help them camouflage. Enjoy these stunning pictures as well.

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How to Approach an Animal You Do Not Know

Bites, scratches, or worse can happen when we don't approach an animal correctly. Even if we have seen them around or know them from a neighbor, there is a right way and a wrong way to approach an animal.

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Career Options for Working With Wildlife

Do you want to work with wildlife? Have you thought about what kind of careers to pursue so that you can work with wildlife for a living? Here are some tips on how to get hands-on before having to commit to a career path.

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Why Heated Birdbaths Are Important During the Freezing Winter Months

Food, shelter, and water are all equally important to birds, particularly during the freezing months. We chose to purchase a heated birdbath so that our backyard birds have the fresh water they need for hydration and bathing, without the need to fly great distances to find a source.

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Colorful Wood Ducks and the Continuing Threats They Face

Wood ducks are some of the most beautiful waterfowl in the world, but they are not without their threats, having been almost wiped out in the early part of the 20th century. This article will explain all about these ducks and the threats they face.

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Black-Footed Ferrets vs. Prairie Dogs

An article about black-footed ferrets, one of the most endangered species on the planet, and how they depend on prairie dogs as the sole providers of both their food and housing.

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What Do I Feed a Baby Bird I Found?

If you find a lost baby bird, there are several steps you'll need to do to take care of it.

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How to Stay Safe and Keep Bears Away From Your House and Yard

Here are some great tips on avoiding bear contact while in your home and cottage from someone who has seen a bear close-up.

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300+ Wolf Names and Meanings (From Alaska to Zion)

Whether you are naming a wolf for a zoo exhibit, a wolf stuffed animal, or even a pet pooch that wishes to be a wolf, you will likely find a perfect, fierce name match on this list!

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80 Tiger Names and Meanings (From Bandit to Zara)

Whether you are naming a pet tiger, a tiger for a zoo exhibit, a tiger stuffed animal, or even a house cat that wishes to be a tiger, you will likely find a perfect name match on this list!

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Wild Parrots Multiplying in Southern California

Southern California's wild parrot population is growing, raising worries that they might be threatening the survival of native birds.

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How to Make Friends With Crows

For the amateur bird watcher: how to establish a friendly relationship with the crows in your neighborhood, how crows communicate, and what they like to eat.

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3 Lessons Bats Can Teach Us About Life

Maligned because of a few of their vampire family members, bats are actually the good guys! Let them teach you life lessons about the benefits of good deeds, working with others, and achieving goals.

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How to Safely Catch and Hold a Wild Lizard

Here I will tell you exactly how to safely capture and hold a wild lizard. Before attempting to handle a wild reptile, make sure that it's legal for you to do so in your local area.

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Starlings in the US: The Good, the Bad, the Bold, and the Beautiful

Starlings have a very bad reputation and for good reason. They are aggressive and have displaced some of our native songbirds by competing for nesting spots and food sources. Starlings aren't all bad, though. Discover their unique talents and learn how to keep them out of your bird feeders.

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How to Identify Poisonous Snakes in Florida

Florida is home to over fifty species of snakes, but only six species are venomous. Snakes are generally not a problem and if left alone won't bother you. It is a good idea, however, to learn how to identify the snakes that can cause harm.

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How to Feed a Wild Baby Bird

Learn what types of food to give an orphaned wild bird and how often you should feed it.

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7 Natural Ways to Entice Orioles to Your Yard

If you have never had the pleasure of hearing or seeing the gorgeous Northern (Baltimore) Oriole, here are seven natural ways you can attract them to your yard and gardens. You won't be sorry—they are voracious insect eaters!

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Found a Sick or Injured Pigeon? Here's What to Do (and Not to Do)

What should you do if you find a sick or injured pigeon? These life-saving tips will help you to know exactly how to approach and care for a wild domestic pigeon.

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Is Feeding Bread to Ducks Bad and If So, Why?

We all love to feed the geese and ducks bread. But have you ever seen the goose with a crooked or deformed wing? It turns out that bread may do more harm than good.

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What to Do If You Find an Injured Wild Bird

This article teaches you 5 easy steps to help you care for an injured wild bird. Learn what you must do if you find one, how to catch it, how to stabilize it, and whom to call for help.

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How to Attract More Birds to Your Backyard Bird Feeder

Offering different types of bird feeders filled with a variety of wild bird seed increases the number and variety of birds searching for a meal in your backyard.

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Amphibians of Montana: From Water Dogs to Tiger Salamanders

The tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) is a land-dwelling amphibian that returns to the water to breed. Like most amphibians, the young metamorphose from a water-breathing larva to an air-breathing adult.

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Backyard Birding: Carolina Wren Babies and Nests

This article is about the habits and life cycle of the Carolina Wren that live in our habitat in southeastern Louisiana.

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Interesting Facts About Hummingbirds

General facts about the beautiful hummingbird, its habits and preferences, with a focus on the species and native flora that attract them in Southern California.

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The Black Crow Superstition (What I Learned When Caring for a Crow)

My story of the black crow. Learn about black crows and diseases. Are you superstitious?

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How to Feed and Care for a Wild Baby Bird

Here is an in-depth guide on how to feed and house a lost or abandoned baby bird.

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Do You Want a Wild Animal Pet? Oh, Deer!

Wild animals do not make good pets. Though "rescuing" a squirrel, fawn, raccoon or other wild critters may seem humane, it often has negative consequences for both the animal and the human.

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My Experience With Raising a Baby Sparrow

Raising a baby wild bird is not a task to be taken lightly! It requires much time and effort, and should not be undertaken if you have other options. Here are a few things I learned while raising our sparrow.