• Wildlife

    Year-round hummingbirds of the Sierra foothills

    by  • September 14, 2016 • Sierra Foothills, Wildlife

    What do you call a group of hummingbirds? A charm!

    Attracting Hummingbirds to the garden… Plant a hummingbird garden and they will come!  Lure them right into your own garden with a proper feeder or this list of plants so that you can enjoy them.  Be sure to keep binoculars and a zoom camera handy.  Hiding behind the drapery may become a habit when you begin attract these living...

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    Easy steps to a clean birdbath

    by  • November 19, 2013 • How to, Wildlife

    How to clean a bird bath in twelve photos Keeping a birdbath sparkling clean is easy and it’s worth a bit of effort to keep your wild birds happy and healthy.  Algae may be a natural thing, but it’s not attractive when your bird bath is within sight of your windows like you want...

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    Stellar’s jay means cool weather in Autumn

    by  • November 30, 2011 • Fall, Wildlife

    At Sierra Foothill Garden, we love birds! In our albums we have collected, there are many photos of the ones in our backyards, from humble sparrows to brilliant bluebirds.  And what better time than Autumn and Winter for watching them? It’s a sign Cool weather is here.  Steller’s jay, Cyanocitta stelleri, with its black...

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    The ordinary and the amazing birdbath

    by  • September 29, 2011 • Garden art, Wildlife

    Birdbath love ♥ As the garden flower color takes a back seat here in the Foothills, the wildlife have become the stars.  It’s been a regular Birdie-palooza here and I’ve moved the birdbath to a spot on the patio within view of the largest windows, with winter views in mind. When we can’t garden,...

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    Lester Rowntree, a hardy Californian

    by  • May 1, 2011 • Garden, History, Sierra Foothills, Wildlife

    After her car could go no higher, Lester Rowntree would be accompanied by burro or mule.

    Why do they do it? Not for fortune or fame–few outside native plant circles know who they are.  People like Lester Rowntree, a plant explorer extraordinaire, who traveled the length and breadth of California to find and record the locations and characteristics of California native plants simply lived for this ‘doing.’ When’s the last time you...

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    Enjoying Yosemite, a family tradition

    by  • March 3, 2011 • Weather, Wildlife, Winter

    As some of you know, I live very near Yosemite National Park, a place where my family has vacationed since I was a small child. My parents traveled here in 1950 and fell in love, as a young married couple, with the incredible granite walled canyon and the Merced River running thrugh it all. We...

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