The Beauty in Nature: Rough-Winged Swallows

Rough-winged swallows are plain little birds that are big in being adaptable enough to use a variety of niches, both natural and human-made, for nesting.

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The Green Mountain Gardener: Keeping Cats Out of the Garden

Some people love cats. Others hate them. But whatever your feelings about felines, chances are you probably don’t want them digging up your garden. So, what do you do?

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The Beauty in Nature: April’s Woodland Flowers

Several kinds of native, woodland wildflowers bloom in many woods in April in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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Identify and Treat Water and Mold Problems in Your Basement

When it comes to water and mold issues, the basement is as low as it gets.

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The Beauty in Nature: Bluebirds and Phoebes

Though from different bird families, eastern bluebirds and eastern phoebes have much in common, besides their first name.

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The Green Mountain Gardener: Why Houseplants Drop Leaves

Houseplants drop leaves for many reasons, but most are related to improper care or poor growing conditions. Often just giving plants the correct light and temperature, or controlling pests, is all that is needed to prevent future leaf drop.

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The Beauty in Nature: Divergent Woodpeckers

One afternoon this past summer, I noticed a pair of redheaded woodpeckers in a cow pasture that was dotted with trees, one of them dead and lacking bark but still standing.

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The Beauty in Nature: Black Vultures

Though scavengers of dead animals and reviled by some people, black vultures are always clean and not repulsive in appearance.

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The Beauty in Nature: Hawks Hunting Prey on Lawns

I was cooking hot dogs over an open fire on our lawn this past September, when I heard violent scrambling on the bark of a tall Norway spruce tree bordering our yard.

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