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Cliff Swallows


I have been seeing flight of cliff swallows flying all around my neighborhood & they tried to build a mud nest on the eaves on the side of my house, but it got damaged & it is only now partially left. Hopefully they will comeback & finish it.

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Wild Sights

These are some pictures I found interesting at the Defenders for wildlife page sent by different people!

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“Bee in California.”
From Sandrine Biziaux Scherson – Photography

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“Male Anna’s Hummingbird – Irvine CA.” discussion
From Sandrine Biziaux Scherson – Photography

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“Back Yard Adventures.”
From Corey Delo

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“Picture from Pennypack Park on the River, Philadelphia, PA. Almost mature bald eagle”
From Denise Meyer Dost

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“During one of our hikes in recent freeing temperatures, my dog and I saw this beaver busy on the semi frozen Credit River in Mississauga, Ontario. It was -18 C that day. The beaver totally ignored us.”
From Suhail Zubaid-Ahmad

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“Little Blue Heron, Long Point Park, FL.”
From Andrea Gray

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From Sue Coppiellie

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“Back Yard Adventures.”
From Corey Delo

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“Dolphin and Brown Pelicans (fishing together), Indian River, FL.”
From Andrea Gray

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“Male Lesser Goldfinch. Spotted at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, AZ. I don’t feel there is anything lesser about this beauty.”
From Betsy Wolkins Churchill

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“Douglas Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii).
Woodinville, WA.
Nikon D7000 with a Nikon 300mm f/4D AF-S ED-IF SWM lens.
ISO: 640, f/4, 1/125 sec., 300mm. Manual mode and white balance. Handheld. Cropped and processed in Adobe Lightroom 5.
My Facebook photography page:https://www.facebook.com/BirdPhotographyByJlm?ref=hl
From Jacob McGinnis

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“This Magpie is a nice bird, but they can be very protective in breeding season and when the young have hatched. I would be the same protect my young at all times.”
From Teena Radin

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“A young Mockingbird stopped by for a drink outside our window.”
From Howard Hall

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“The Majestic Grey Wolf, enjoying a leisurely moment.”
From Kenneth Deed

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“Today went to visit the newly moved osprey nest in our neighborhood, thanks to a wonderful wildlife rehab person Chris who was involved with the local electric company to ensure the move went smoothly. The osprey appear to like the new location, time will tell if they have any babies…here is one of the osprey in the nest today…”
From Jelena Mulin

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“Lon-eared owl, John Heinz NWR Philadelphia”
From Denise Meyer Dost

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“Baby Great Horned Owl with mum and 2 siblings. Bolsa Chica CA.”
From Sandrine Biziaux Scherson – Photography

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“White tail deer @ Benjamin Rush State Park, Philadelphia, PA.”
From Denise Meyer Dost

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“Here is a picture of a sandhill crane I took at a bird sanctuary”
From Brandon Billiot

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“Snowy owl from upstate New York”
From Patti Kneer

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“The ‘hairy woodpecker’ visited my house and let me capture this pretty close without flying away J – Colorado Springs, CO”
From Larry Jordan

Courtesy: Defenders of Wildlife

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Recycle your Xmas tree

If you still haven’t thrown out your Christmas tree, check out this article!

http://blog.nwf.org/2014/01/recycleyourtreeforwildlife/

4 Ways to Recycle Your Christmas Tree for Wildlife

from Wildlife Promise

christmas treeEach year, about 25-30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States, mostly from a selection of about 16 species of treethat we commonly call a “Christmas Tree.” They are decorated with lights and ornaments, become backdrops for annual family photos, and serve as a traditional umbrella for gifts to loved ones. Ultimately, the day comes when they need to be disposed of. What’s often overlooked though, is that these trees can benefit your local wildlife, the soil in your yard, or even nearby restoration projects.

Here are some easy ways for you to help wildlife or enrich your local area with your trees after you’ve enjoyed them (and removed all the ornaments) this holiday season.

1. Create a brush pile with your tree as the base

A brush pile often consists of leaves, logs, and twigs so an old Christmas tree can make a great base. This is the easiest thing you can do with your tree if you have a yard. It directly benefits the wildlife in your backyard during winter months because brush piles and dead trees offer food and needed protection from the chill. We have suggestions for how to make a brush pile and we understand that not all communities allow for them.

2. Use it in the garden

There are a number of ways you can use your recycled Christmas tree to enrich your soil by composting it or using the pine needles and boughs to cover your garden bed. Chop the trunk and branches and break your tree down, this will allow you to add some nice insulation to your garden.

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3. Decorate your tree for wildlife

If you love to watch birds or want a fun project, you can decorate your tree with edible ornaments or popcorn strings so that you feed wildlife like birds and squirrels. This is a enjoyable activity to do with kids or the young at heart (me) and can help wildlife at a time when food is scarce. Most of the recipes call for peanut butter, fresh fruit (like grapes, berries, or apples), suet and bird seed.

These crafts all make edible ornaments for wildlife:

For more on decorating trees for wildlife:

4. Donate your tree to a local restoration project

Louisiana Uses Discarded Christmas Trees to Fight Wetland Loss

There are all sorts of great local projects that take in Christmas trees and use them for restoration projects. At National Wildlife Federation, we have talked about using Christmas trees to help prevent wetland loss in Louisiana. Other projects have helped provide fish habitat, restore dunes, and even provide electricity or mulch for cities. If your county does have a tree disposal program, do a little digging to make sure you like where your tree ends up! You can also check out these additional ideas on how to recycle your tree.

What plans do you have for your Christmas tree?

If you used a real tree this year, let us know what you’re doing with it in the comment section below, or share a link to any places you know of that use Christmas tree donations to help wildlife or the environment. If you have a living or artificial tree, don’t miss out on the fun—ask a friend who has a real tree what plans they have.