Checking in with the Prairie | 8 Months After Planting

STOP! If you are curious about the beginning of this story read this post about how I planted the prairie seed. That is a very detailed post about the beginning of the process and includes some “how to” information. This post is just going…

Bird Feeding 101: How to Feed Birds Like a Boss

It’s the time of year, when temperatures get a little nippy, that my mind turns to feeding birds. Bird Feeding is one of the most enjoyable, and easy, ways to interact with wildlife. It provides the opportunity to observe birds up close, learn how…

Planting Prairie on your Homestead: Prairie Restoration Stage 1

Why Plant Prairie on Your Homestead? To be clear, I am only recommending doing this if you live in an area where prairie occurs. That said, it’s probably a safe statement to say that many, if not most, areas around the world have some…

Top Ten Ways to Make Your Homestead Friendly for Wildlife

While Still Having Land that Produces for You! I put this list together initially for an Extension program called Homegrown Lifestyle. It was a 12 week class for folks wanting to learn how to homestead. It appears to no longer exist which is depressing….

How to Make Wildlife Friendly Backyard Landscapes, Part 1

When I’m not a bumbling, fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants homesteader, I earn my living as a wildlife biologist (About Page). A big motivation for wanting some land of my own was to be a good nature steward. I want the wildlife to feel as welcome as I…

The Complete and Utter Beginner’s Guide to Chainsaws

Chainsaw. It is a tool I need on the croft. It’s also the favorite weapon of many a psychopathic villain in horror movies. I had never used a chainsaw and knew nothing about them until about 4 weeks ago. That means the tips I’ll…