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(NAPSI)—Perennial plants are a gardener’s dream: They add color to borders and beds, and are relatively easy to maintain. Perennials can also be used to add fragrance and texture to gardens, as well as attract beneficial wildlife such as butterflies and hummingbirds. Planting perennials in the fall is like making a long-term investment—one that pays dividends the next year.
(StatePoint) Whether your home rests on a small lot or a large woodland, there are steps you can take to create a thriving ecosystem for local wildlife. And if you live on woodlands, you may even consider turning your property into an ideal game habitat.
Northwest resident Alexis Valentín-Vargas was a able to capture the bright red throat of this male Anna’s hummingbird with her cellphone at the Sonoran Desert Museum.
Jo Johnson said, "I found a hummingbird today in my backyard that wasn’t afraid of me. It was feeding on a red yucca blossom and allowed me to get within 2 feet of it."
Jon Grantham of SaddleBrooke took this photo of a hummingbird who built a nest in a Kokopelli wind chime on his back patio.
(BPT) - Fabulous food, pretty presentation and attention to detail can earn you a reputation as an amazing host among your human guests. But when you serve your feathered friends, are you committing a feeding faux pas that you fear may prove unforgivable?
Vines, any vines, are great in the landscape. Three reasons. First, vines need little root space to flourish, thus they can fit in even the smallest yard. Second, many vines have beautiful flowers, and the bloom period can last for months, offering an opportunity to fill your yard with color. Third, and in my book best of all, vines produce food, fiber, and other usable products (grapes for wine, hops for beer, I could go on). Tops on my vine list for this area, with trouble-free growth, ample fruit production, and amazing blooms for months, not to mention butterflies galore - passion vine, or Passiflora.
Oro Valley’s Mark Hurwitz took this photo of a hummingbird making a nest on a decorative hummingbird. He said the hummingbird is still sitting on the nest she constructed and assumes baby hummingbirds are on their way.
Jo Johnson said "I found a hummingbird today in my backyard that wasn't afraid of me. It was feeding on a red yucca blossom and allowed my to get within 2 feet of it."
Dianne Slotten has been following these hummingbird babies from the time they were eggs. "They just flew for the first time yesterday. They’re so tiny."
While northwest resident Paul DesJarlais was at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, he saw this in the Hummingbird exhibit.Thisis a mother hummingbird feeding her recently hatched chicks.
Marana resident Leon Rossow captured this hummingbird in its nest in his front yard in Continental Ranch. The nest is in a mesquite tree and about 12 feet off the ground.
Marana resident Donna Prezelski saw this male Anna's hummingbird at their feeder.
What started as a small operation out of a Bisbee garage 32 years ago has evolved into one of the most well known mom-and-pop bird-enthusiast stores in Arizona.
Taking in the desert animals around her, Tucsonan Julie Rustad created a unique and educational tool for her son, which has now turned into a growing business.
The Drawing Studio announces new locations and new courses for its art classes on the northwest side of the metro Tucson area. Classes range from drawing fundamentals to abstract and experimental painting and drawing, sketchbook practice, even drawing inspired by animal spirits! The Drawing Studio is dedicated to fostering the artistic and creative lives of people of all ages, skill levels, and walks of life. Through developing an art practice, see and experience the world differently and inspire your life in a whole new way.
Oro Valley residents Larry and Candy Kincaid have seen some bats visiting, and draining, their hummingbird feeder at night. Send your photos to email@example.com. Please include your name, contact information and details about the photo, including who took it, where it was taken and the subject.
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If you grew up in the early 90s, you probably remember an animated feature from 20th Century Fox called “FernGully: The Last Rainforest.” It was the environmentally conscious movie every 90s kid saw and, yet, nobody really liked. The film’s intentions might have been good, but even the youngest children seemed to find its blatant “green” message overly preachy. The fact that “FernGully” was lacking in any interesting characters or magic didn’t help.
Though it is kind of a sad item, Dave Kersey of Oro Valley thought that this was an interesting truth in nature. During a recent cold snap, a hummingbird apparently sat on a nail on his front pillar and then died. Instead of falling off, the claws simply held on to the nail and the bird flipped upside down.