The Beauty in Nature: Feathered Dancers

Up to six kinds of small birds nest or winter along flowing streams in North America.

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Melinda’s Garden: Designing a Wildlife-Friendly Landscape

We love watching the bunnies hopping across the lawn or ground squirrels scurrying away with a cheek full of seeds — that is, until they dine on our favorite shrub or take just one bite out of each red ripe tomato in the garden.

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Melinda’s Garden: Planning and Designing a Productive Vegetable Garden

Whether planning your first, second, or 10th vegetable garden, it can be overwhelming. There are so many tasty vegetables and never enough space and time to grow them all.

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The Beauty in Nature: Native Woodland Wildflowers

Early in April in southeastern Pennsylvania, many green shoots emerge from crunchy carpets of dead, fallen leaves on woodland floors and push toward the sunlight.

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The Beauty in Nature: Raptor Counterparts

Raptors are birds of prey, including hawks, eagles, and owls, that capture other creatures for food.

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The Beauty in Nature: Small, Wintering Field Birds

During February, some years ago, while driving through snow-covered farmland in Lancaster County, I saw a flock of over a hundred small birds “bounding” low in flight, down to snowdrifts in a large field.

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Melinda’s Garden: Keep Houseplants Healthy While Keeping Pets Safe

You love them both — your pets and houseplants — but it can be challenging to safely raise them together in the same house. Reduce the risk by selecting pet-safe plants and safely managing houseplant pest problems.

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The Beauty in Nature: Wintering Harlequin and Long-Tailed Ducks

The beautiful and hardy harlequin ducks and long-tailed ducks are small species that adapted to wintering in specific saltwater niches along North America’s Atlantic Coast, from Canada to Virginia.

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The Beauty in Nature: Among Loblolly Pines

Tall, picturesque loblolly pine trees dominate Southern lowlands from Louisiana along the Gulf Coast to northern Florida and up the Atlantic Coast to the Delmarva Peninsula, located between the Chesapeake and Delaware bays.

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