Archive for the ‘Wildlife’ Category

Wordless Wednesday, 8/28/13 – Pearl crescent butterfly

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
Henry Domke Pearl crescent butterfly

Pearl crescent butterfly. Photo from


Avian delights

Thursday, July 4th, 2013
A young Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

A young Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

I received this email from a TLN member this morning, thought you might enjoy:

Half a dozen baby blue tits (they don’t have their crests yet)
have found my feeders and are having quite a time.  One keeps
slipping off the perch and hanging upside down by one foot.
Another pecked at the plastic above the feeding hole to get to the seeds
but finally caught on.  I’m trying to read my work for today but
can’t stop giggling.

For more information on blue tits, see the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) website: The image is from


Wordless Wednesday, 6/6/12 – Bearded reedling

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
Bearded tit. Photo by Edwin Kats,

Bearded reedling (or bearded tit). Photo by Edwin Kats,

This photo by Dutch photographer Edwin Kats was very popular on the TLN Facebook page, so here it is as this week’s Wordless Wednesday photo – first WW post from my new home in College Station, TX. Visit ‘s website at


Nurture connection to nature by nurturing winter wildlife

Thursday, December 29th, 2011
Black-capped Chickadee. Photo by Henry Domke,

Black-capped Chickadee. Photo by Henry Domke,

The TLN Blog has published posts in the past on winter wildlife, and we will do so again in the coming year. But today I’m sharing this post from one of my favorite blogs, Beautiful Wildlife Garden:

Top 10 Tips for Your Winter Wildlife Garden

The article discusses the many rewards of creating a winter wildlife garden and offers tips on how to best provide food, water, and shelter for birds.

And speaking of which, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count is still on, through January 5th:

Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations – and to help guide conservation action.

Thanks again to Beautiful Wildlife Garden for the heads up on this.

So whether you’re enjoying watching wildlife from the comfort of your warm, cozy home or outside braving the elements as a Citizen Scientist for the Bird Count, connecting with nature at this time of year will nurture and sustain you until spring returns.


Wordless Wednesday, 8/3/11 – Black swallowtail butterfly

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
Black swallowtail on Echinacea purpurea (coneflower). Photo by Gary Wangler

Black swallowtail on Echinacea purpurea (coneflower). Photo by Gary Wangler

Gary Wangler, Horticulturist/Manager of Grounds Operations/Horticultural Therapist of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital took this photo at a State Park last week, where some of the hospital patients were enjoying a week-long summer camp. Thanks for the gorgeous image, Gary!

For another recent post about butterflies at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, click on the following blog title: