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Backyard Habitat From Start to Finish

Technology, as we all know, dominates most of our lives. Computers are wonderful, but no amount of gigabytes can duplicate the sight of a male cardinal offering a seed tidbit to his mate. No television program can be more real than a wren building her nest. And no website can capture the nuanced sights and sounds of your backyard oasis.

It's important for us to stay in touch with the basics, to be aware of the natural world around us. What could be more basic than enjoying the backyard scene from your deck chair?

There's the hedgerow planted for food and shelter against a backdrop of fir trees filled with nest boxes. Nearby, berry bushes and seed-producing flowers highlight a water garden. As the birds fly from one attraction to another, we have the privilege of sharing nature...

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