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Jill Staake

location-pin Tampa, Florida

Expertise: Gardening, butterflies and bugs, backyard wildlife

Jill Staake

  • MOSI Outside Assistant Curator, Museum of Science & Industry, Tampa, 8 years
  • Contributing editor, WeAreTeachers, 6 years
  • Writer and editor, Underdog Games, 2 years


Jill Staake's lifelong love of nature turned into a career during the years she spent working with native Florida butterflies, caterpillars, and other wildlife at the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa, Florida. During this time, she helped to maintain 30+ acres of gardens and backwoods, all carefully cultivated to support the more than 20 species of butterflies displayed indoors and out. She now writes for a variety of publications and sites on topics like gardening and birding, among others.


Bachelor of science degree in Secondary English Language Arts Education

Birds and Blooms Editorial Policies

For almost three decades, Birds & Blooms has been inspiring outdoor enthusiasts to have a lifelong love of birding, gardening and nature. We are the #1 bird and garden magazine in North America and a trusted online resource for anyone who enjoys the beauty in their backyard and beyond. In addition to our staff of experienced gardeners and bird-watchers, we hire individuals who have years of education and hands-on experience with birds, bird feeding, gardening, butterflies, bugs and more. Our content is written by trusted journalists and fact-checked by bird and garden pros for accuracy.


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