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Pastures are more than just food for grazing livestock, they’re also habitat for wildlife.
Migratory birds and insects need a place to rest and raise their young in an area that’s not disturbed, has a diversity of plants, and something to eat.  The pastures that livestock graze...
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Despite its near-extinction in the early 1900s, Iowa's trumpeter swans have made a quick comeback, thanks to the Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge and the efforts of area biologists.
Trumpeter swans have been making a miraculous recovery across Canada and the United States since restoration efforts began in the 1930s, with more than 46,000 estimated to live across North...
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Prairie gardens require little care—no pruning, spraying, irrigation, or fertilizer. But they do require a little patience to get started. For thousands of years, tallgrass prairies covered much of...
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Vintage finds and natural elements star in these creative projects that make backyard birds feel right at home.
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When water is scarce, your yard might be an oasis
When the weather’s hot and dry for an extended time, many of us have irrigation systems to keep everything growing. The water is good for the plants, and it can also attract wildlife looking...
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Help the bats go out and not come back in
Bats are important creatures to have around. They gorge themselves on insects and help with pollination. But if they can’t find a safe, warm, and dry place to sleep and have babies, they might...
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Plant native forages
People create food plots for wildlife for different reasons. Maybe it’s to attract deer to harvest, or just to keep the wildlife fed and healthy. Becky McPeake is an Extension wildlife...
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Where and when to do your wildlife treasure hunting
On a sunny winter day a few years ago, my kids and I went out to the woods to look for deer antlers. We didn’t find any, but it was nice to get out of the house.   White tail bucks...
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Millions of bats and birds are colliding with wind turbines
By the year 2050, it’s expected that 35% of our energy will come from the wind, saving us money and resources. But it could be costly to our wildlife. Dr. Michael Hutchins is the bird-smart...
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Spruce up a small evergreen or discarded Christmas tree with these fun decorations for the birds. Trimming an outdoor tree with edible ornaments for birds provides a win-win in the winter survival...

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