Christine’s Walks

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Christine’s walks: mid-May 2013

by Christine Hanrahan Black Walnut in bloom It was a blustery, coolish day at the garden, but as always, there was much to see. Starting with birds, the kestrels were flying around the barn, a green heron flew to the pond, red-winged blackbirds, tree swallows, chickadees, yellow warblers, song sparrows, one lone white-crowned [...]

2018-01-26T18:17:49-05:00 May 16th, 2013|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Christine’s walks: FWG on 1 May 2013

by Christine Hanrahan Eastern Phoebe It was our first real scorcher of a day at 25 degrees C (anything above 15 C is a heat wave to me). I was expecting to see butterflies, even perhaps a few spring azures, as I've seen them elsewhere recently, but no butterflies showed themselves to me. [...]

2018-01-26T18:14:56-05:00 May 2nd, 2013|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Christine’s walks: Earth Day 2013

by Christine Hanrahan Song Sparrow at our Amphibian Pond Happy Earth Day! It was a great day to be at the FWG, sunny, not too warm, not too cool, just right to bring out all sorts of wildlife. I saw four mourning cloaks today, three around the ash woods, one by the butterfly [...]

2018-01-26T18:13:05-05:00 April 22nd, 2013|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Garlic Mustard – ecology and control methods

by Christine Hanrahan Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is recognized as a serious invasive plant species in North America. Native to Europe, the plant was brought here by settlers for food and medicinal purposes. It has been present in North America for over 140 years, apparently first recorded in 1868 on Long Island in New York [...]

2018-01-26T18:11:28-05:00 April 17th, 2013|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Bee boxes, houses, condos and hotels…

by Christine Hanrahan Our Insect Hotel, photographed by Aroop Ghosh This is a simple overview of various types of accommodations for bees. I won’t be providing instructions for building bee boxes, but I do provide a reference below for the best all-round source for creating different types of bee houses. Much media attention [...]

2018-01-26T18:07:49-05:00 April 12th, 2013|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Christine’s walks: 8 April 2013

by Christine Hanrahan Willow catkin I am happy to tell you that the FWG's April photo blog is now up and running. I was at last able to drive to the garden (hooray!) and, after an absence of 10 weeks, it felt good to be back. As I got out of the car, [...]

2018-01-26T18:06:04-05:00 April 9th, 2013|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Leafcutter Bees

By Christine Hanrahan As spring very slowly chugs its way into our region, many of us find our thoughts turning, longingly, to gardens and gardening. Those of us inclined to create and maintain gardens for wildlife, are also interested in the various things we can do to enhance our site for birds, bees, and other [...]

2018-01-26T18:03:52-05:00 April 7th, 2013|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

Wildlife tracks and signs

by Christine Hanrahan Identifying tracks is a good way to discover who is living in a particular woodland, field, or along a water body. Tracks in mud, sand, and snow also tell stories. You can see where animals, and sometimes birds, have interacted, perhaps to the misfortune of one of them. If you follow [...]

2018-04-16T14:54:29-04:00 December 21st, 2012|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|

A wild banquet for birds and mammals

by Christine Hanrahan American Goldfinch eating prickly lettuce seeds A well stocked wild banquet for wildlife can be found in woods and meadows, roadsides and shorelines, gardens and parklands, in fact, wherever plants grow. Of course, there is more to the diet of many birds and animals than plant-based foods, but that is [...]

2018-01-26T17:56:01-05:00 December 10th, 2012|Fletcher Wildlife Garden|