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Archives for Jill Staake
Jill lives in Tampa, Florida, and writes about gardening, butterflies, outdoor projects and birding. When she's not gardening, you'll find he reading, traveling and happily digging her toes into the sand on the beach.
Evening Grosbeaks Are Special Winter Visitors
In winter, yellow evening grosbeaks wander in flocks. Their travels are unpredictable, but they may...
Get Ready for Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks
Learn what male, female and juvenile rose-breasted grosbeaks look like, what their song sounds like,...
Go West to See Black-Headed Grosbeaks
If it's spring in the west, fill a feeder with sunflower seeds and you may...
How to Help a Bird That Flew into a Window
If you find a bird that flew into a window, it's important to know what...
How to Grow and Care for Haworthia Succulents
One of the easiest indoors plants to grow and care for, haworthia succulents boast unique...
7 Surprising Baltimore Oriole Facts
Learn surprising Baltimore oriole facts about one of spring's most gorgeous bird species, including why...
Easy Gardening: Save Time by Direct Sowing Seeds
If indoor seed-starting seems a little complicated, make it easy on yourself this year with...
Warbler Migration Tips for Every Type of Birder
Even casual birders get excited during warbler migration season! Try these tips to identify the...
17 Blooming Bushes That Attract Butterflies
Attract more beautiful pollinators with these flowering bushes that attract butterflies. You'll also get easy-care...
Top 16 Easy Flowers Anyone Can Grow
Tired of flowers that won't bloom or can't stand a dry spell? Try one or...
How to Grow Gerbera Daisies in Pots
Daisies are one of the most popular cut flowers in the world. Learn how to...
A Beginner’s Guide to Growing a Camellia Bush
Camellia flowers are beloved in the south. Evergreen leaves and fall-to-spring blooms make them garden...
Add Annual Vinca Flower to Gardens and Containers
Need a free-flowering plant that tolerates heat and humidity? Annual vinca is a great option...
Top Birding Trips to Escape the Winter Months
Many birders that live in the northern states look for any excuse to escape the...
Birding Hotspots for Incredible Winter Birds
These birding hotspots might be cold but you'll forget all about it when you see...
10 Egrets and Herons Found in North America
You probably know a great blue heron when you see it, but what about the...
4 Types of Flower Bulbs That Gardeners Should Grow
A bulb isn't always just a bulb. Learn about the flowering plants that grow from...
Native Shrubs for Birds: American Beautyberry Bush
American beautyberry bush is a versatile, easy-to-grow native shrub that birds love. Plant it in...
Plant a Meadow: Grow Wildflowers for Butterflies
Grow a garden filled with colorful wildflowers to attract butterflies and other pollinators from spring...
Beauty and the Beak: A Bald Eagle Rescue Story
When a bullet took her upper beak, Beauty the bald eagle would have starved. A...
9 Butterfly Flowers That Are Easy to Grow From Seed
Want to attract butterflies on a budget? Fill your garden with beautiful butterfly flowers from...
Watch Baby Birds With Nest Cams and in Your Backyard
After the excitement of viewing nest cams, you may want to observe nesting birds in...
Top 10 Purple Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds register the color red very well, which is why they are drawn to bright...
Birding Gadgets and Gear You Never Knew You Needed
Go beyond binoculars and field guides and ramp up your game with the coolest new...
Make an Easy DIY Pumpkin Bird Feeder
Use just a few supplies from the craft store to create this fun and seasonal...
Birding Hotspots for Spring Migration
Bright colors, fluttering wings... spring means birds are on the move! Head to these migratory...
Tips for Attracting the First Spring Butterflies
Learn which butterflies appear first, what they feed on, and the best actions for supporting...
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