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Native plants are critical for wildlife. But what about "nativars," or cultivated varieties developed by a plant breeder that wouldn't be found in nature? Entomologist Doug Tallamy weighs in: http://bit.ly/1TWkq6m
Native plants transformed into flashy “nativars” may look pretty, but are they good for wildlife?
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"Native" plants are crucial to the continuation of the species, flora and fauna...Thus, these genetically-modified "flowers" do not bode well for the pollinators...since they are no longer in their "natural" state.

One has to look at the whole picture....You may have a lovely garden, yes; but going forward,
your "nativars" might be your only source of food!! "Breeding" such plants will no doubt compromise pollination in the longrun...for nature is interdependent...

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The New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts are home to nearly a thousand marine species. But this ocean area is also one of the most vulnerable in the U.S. See a few wildlife who call it home and how you can help protect this vital habitat: http://bit.ly/1UESEO6 #WorldOceansDay
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We take a moment this Memorial Day to show our gratitude to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
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😊😊😊😊😊😊
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Join thousands of families, classes, community groups and other Butterfly Heroes who have taken the pledge for the monarch butterfly. Pledge by June 1 and you could win a trip to Walt Disney World! http://bit.ly/1WYfthH
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I once bought a Butterfly Bush
for my friend to plant in her garden...One or two summers later, it grew into a seven-foot tree...bore beautiful purple flowers...and attracted dozens of monarch butterflies, among other species...We would sit on the porch and watch them flutter from flower-to-flower, drinking their tasty nectar.. A wonderful experiece..

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Your backyard habitat can be a great place to host turtles. Learn how to protect them from predators: http://bit.ly/1XSfh4t
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I love turtles...the intricate patterns on their shells, a work of art..It is amazing just how many varieties of turtles there are....I would love to visit the Galapagos to see this particular species..

All animals belong in their natural habitats...they should not be cooped up just to be looked at...it is inhumane;
especially considering the fact that their lifespan is so long...

Yes, they're very slow...but,
perhaps a little lesson to be learned here:
"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.."
Confucius..
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Many friends of wildlife have a hard time welcoming snakes into their yards. Our naturalist David Mizejewski shares 10 ways to keep your home at a distance from snakes: http://bit.ly/1XDaCDr
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Poor rodents!! One of my favorite poems happens to be "The Pied Piper of Hamelin Town," by Robert Browning, which reads in part:

"RATS!🐁🐀
They fought the dogs and killed the cats,🐱
And bit the babies in their cradles😔"..
"Made nests inside men's Suday hats🎩😂😂,
And even spoiled the women's chats😩
By drowning their speaking
With shrieking and squeaking
In fifty different sharps and flats .." etc., etc.☺☺



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Don't come home from the water empty-handed! In celebration of National Fishing & Boating Week from our friends at TakeMeFishing.org, check out secrets to help you catch fish this summer: http://bit.ly/1TTDJgF
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Once you've touched nature and the great outdoors, there's always that urge to "go back."

I've been fortunate in my former years to connect with the ocean; lulled to sleep, naturally, by waves lapping ashore; climbed mountains, seen volcanic lakes; sailed on the sea, on lakes; hiked in the woods, swum in rivers, seen waterfalls; and bonded with nature...

Today, I live in a big city; but could always go back in time to that which was left behind....from my couch!
Now, I'm part of the city; its vibrancy is just as delightful to me. Still fortunate to hear the tweet of birds, the laughter of children; to appreciate the aesthetically-pleasing archictecture of buildings, old and new, bridges..
There's life all around, and I've grown to love it!!
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When planning your garden, keep wildlife and the environment in mind. Native plants provide food and add cover and places for wildlife to raise young. Dig in: http://bit.ly/1TETmdU
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SO BEAUTIFUL
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Bird is the word in Baltimore! Now with more than 12,000 native plants to enjoy in their new garden, hopefully the Balitmore Orioles will have a few more real birds visiting the stadium. Find out how we've scored a home run for wildlife: http://bit.ly/1TzZY0r
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I BET IT LOOKS BEAUTIFUL 12,OOO PLANTS
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There's nothing quite like a trip to explore the wild west. Add one of these destinations to your map to spot the iconic American bison: http://bit.ly/1TClz54
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Find out how our affiliate partner in Puerto Rico, Sociedad Ornitológica Puertorriqueña, protects the island's birds and native habitats: http://bit.ly/1TSnNuC
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BEAUTIFUL VIEW
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Ferrets, and walruses, and bison oh my! Learn more about your favorite wildlife all while jamming out to some great new tunes with the new Ranger Rick's Trail Mix Vol. 1 album from The Whizpops! Learn more about the album and take a listen to the songs: http://bit.ly/1NAS8RP
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LOL, AWESOME
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