Diary of an Urban Wild Garden: The Beginning

Welcome to a new column feature at The Metropolitan Field Guide, the Diary of an Urban Wild Garden, where I plan to write about my wildlife garden in Seattle, the design, how it's doing, what I'm currently doing, what...

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Friday Film:: Make Your Yard More Bird-Friendly

Is our belief that the suburbs are a poor habitat for birds valid? University of Washington professor and ornithologist John Marzluff challenges this belief with a new book, Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and...

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Foragings:: The latest news, resources and designs

News Backyard Botanists - Naturalist program tills new generation of gardeners:: "The Cape Fear backyard naturalist program aims to promote environmental stewardship and educate residents of New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties about the plant and animal species in the Cape...

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Hedgerows From Romans to Habitat

  This is a revised and updated post which was originally published on June 2, 2010. History Although not as significant in the US as in the UK, hedgerows nonetheless offer a valuable design opportunity for wildlife habitat. In the simplest terms,...

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On Being Misunderstood:: Weeds

On Being Misunderstood is a feature at The Metropolitan Field Guide which will look at the variety of flora and fauna we live with which are too commonly misunderstood. From plants to wildlife, many of our daily interactions with these...

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Book Review:: Gardening for the Birds

Whenever I see another book about landscaping or gardening for the birds come out, I'm usually dubious. My shelves are full of generic guides on how to attract birds and unsurprisingly, they're much the same. They usually focus heavily...

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