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Tips to Create a Bird-Friendly Garden
Lauren Pharr | June 3, 2021

In this post, Lauren offers 6 tips on how you can design a bird-friendly garden right in your own backyard.

Two House Sparrows sitting on a rock wall. Photo: Lip Kee CC BY-SA 2.0
Help Swallows and Bluebirds Thrive
Heath Keirstead | June 3, 2021

If you have nest boxes for swallows or bluebirds, you may have house sparrows too. House Sparrows are considered by many a pest because of their aggressive nesting behavior. Learn what you can do.

The Impacts of Nonnative Plants on Birds
Lauren Pharr | April 28, 2021

In my blog post The Native Link: The Importance of Native Plants to Birds, I describe the importance of native plants to the ecosystem, and more specifically, how birds benefit from native plants. But what exactly is the problem with nonnative, and more specifically invasive, plants and how do they affect birds and the ecosystem

Birdsongs 101: Tips on how to identify birds by song
Lauren Pharr | April 2, 2021

In this post, Lauren Pharr provides some useful tips that can help you begin identifying birds by their song

Birding 101: A Guide for New Birders
Lauren Pharr | March 2, 2021

Lauren Pharr shares her top tips for new and beginning birders!

The Effects of Urban Noise and Light Pollution on Avian Communities
Lauren Pharr | December 31, 2020

Both Anthropogenic Noise and Artificial Light at Night bring about some serious impacts to wildlife, but we can make informed choices to reduce those impacts.

Conservation Neighbor: Molly Monroe
Heath Keirstead | December 15, 2020

Molly Monroe, with her personal and professional dedication to conserving the natural world and its inhabitants, is a role model for all budding and even long-standing conservation practitioners. Read more about this inspiring conservation neighbor!

A Guide to Backyard Bird Feeding
Lauren Pharr | December 1, 2020

Although there is no right way to “backyard bird,” there are many valuable tips to follow when wanting to attract birds to your backyard.

Getting to know our Thanksgiving Mascot: 10 Fun Facts about Turkeys
Lauren Pharr | November 2, 2020

It’s November at last, which most likely means that many people are getting ready for their Thanksgiving festivities! Although Thanksgiving has evolved drastically over the years due to different traditions, there is one thing that probably comes to mind for the national holiday – Turkey! So how exactly did the turkey become the mascot for

Flying Through the Year: All About Bird Migration
Lauren Pharr | September 30, 2020

Migration season is here at last! Birds you see migrating right now began their migration in late fall, and will migrate back through beginning late winter. Migration is essential for birds, and for birders. Many birders and nature enthusiasts love to view bird migration in action: the Cornell Lab of Ornithology provides resources such as

Getting to Know the Writer: All About Lauren Pharr
Lauren Pharr | September 1, 2020

My name is Lauren Pharr, and if you haven’t picked up already, I absolutely love birds. I am currently a second year Master’s student at North Carolina State University (NCSU) pursuing my degree in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. When I am not neck deep in reading research papers, I usually have my head in

The Native Link: The Importance of Native Plants to Birds
Lauren Pharr | August 3, 2020

Native plants play a vital role in the ecosystem when it comes to wildlife species. In fact, the best habitat you can provide is one that is overly abundant in native vegetation.

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