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EGO Cordless Lawn Mower

Tested by Winding Pathways LLC An independent review of the EGO Cordless Lawn Mower A WOMAN’S PERSPECTIVE Winding Pathways recently received a loan of an EGO Cordless Lawn Mower. For several weeks both Rich and Marion used it in the various ways we’ve used our gas...

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Update on a Young Redtail Hawk

On May 31st just before we were leaving for an Outdoor Writers Association of America Conference, a friend messaged pictures to me of a large bird in her little dog wading pool.  It looked like a hawk of some sort. The day was super hot for late May and the bird...

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Mugging Barberry One pleasant Saturday morning a couple dozen heavily armed people walked to the interior of Faulkes Heritage Woods. Their weapons were those used to help heal the forest and included thick leather gloves, lopping shears, hand saws, and clippers. They...

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Links to Stories of Wondrous Yards

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids has had several interesting nature stories connected to creating wondrous yards.  Living Section features "Birds do it, Bees do it", "Add a Little Luck to Your Landscape" and Purslane (by Winding Pathways).  We loved reading about the birds...

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Channeling Wisconsin’s Wildlife

Susan Hrobar  guest blogger Fun Through the Window We are fortunate to live at the end of a channel on a small lake.  Our north facing windows face our backyard and the channel.  One of our friends, who knows very little about nature, does not understand that after...

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Sunnylands Labyrinth, Rancho Mirage

A Guest Blog by Teri Petrzalek Background Information: Sunnylands is the 200-acre estate outside Palm Springs of Walter and Lenore Annenberg. In 2001 they created a trust fund to “address serious issues facing the nation and the world community.”  A 25,000 square...

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Attract Hummingbirds this Summer

This Nectar is TOOOO Hot!  Ahh, Just Right! Lijun Chadima, Guest blogger Every year I always like to put the hummingbird feeder out as soon as the weather warms up.  It's been difficult this spring because of the crazy temperature fluctuations.  Earlier this spring I...

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Marijuana!

As we drove along a rural road recently we spotted a healthy patch of wild marijuana. Most Iowans call it ditch weed.  For an” illegal” plant it’s amazingly common across much of the United States and loves living in poor soil out in the hot summer sun. The plant is...

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Poison Ivy’s Secret

This summer millions of Americans will have unhappy encounters with poison ivy. For most people, the result is a patch of itchy bumpy skin that goes away after a few days to a week or so. Unfortunate others will develop a serious reaction that includes severe itching...

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Take Time for Sunrises and Sunsets

"Take Time. Make Time" Guest Blogger Connie Sjostrom After working 40 years of my life, I was fortunate to be able to retire early.  Always a multi-tasker while I was a working mom, you can imagine that much of my spare time was, well, not really spare. I vowed early...

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Best Birding In the World!

Birding in our Back Yard We’ve traveled throughout the United States seeking interesting birds, and we just discovered the very best place. It’s our backyard! Since we began actively diversifying the plants in our yard they’ve welcomed many new bird species to visit,...

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Care for Your Rain Barrels This Summer

Problem with Hot Weather A friend emailed today with this dilemma:  "I got a whiff of a horrible smell near my rain barrel. I looked inside, and there's a horrible, putrid layer of something floating on the top of the water. I think it might have come from all the...

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Reflections on Heron Rookeries

Reflecting on Heron Rookeries Guest blog by Sigrid Reynolds Heron rookeries are one of the most peculiar sights you will see. Picture three large sycamore trees in the middle of a swamp in Ohio. Skunk cabbages, those harbingers of spring,  poke up along the early...

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Creeping Charlie and Other Ground Covers

Years ago, a homeowner visited a garden store and bought plugs of a plant commercially called ground ivy, but most folks today call it Creeping Charlie. In many ways this exotic plant was an ideal ground cover. It’s tough, easy to transport and plant, adaptable to a...

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