Wildlife

Learn more about the birds, bees, bears and other critters that share the landscape of your retreat.

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Keep hungry deer at bay with repellents and deer-resistant plants
By Jennifer Baker
Published: April 2, 2014
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Create an oasis for your feathered friends
By Jennifer Baker
Published: March 3, 2014
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Know what to look for and possible risks before getting involved
Published: December 14, 2012
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Exercise extreme care when photographing these rarely seen birds
Published: October 5, 2012
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Specialized adaptations make these well-camouflaged reptiles some of Earth’s most ancient creatures
By Brian M. Collins
Published: October 1, 2012
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Improve your photos by getting closer to wildlife
By Bob Gress
Published: August 1, 2012
Learn a few tricks from veteran wildlife photographer Bob Gress
By Kristin Sutter
Published: June 1, 2012
wolf pack
Find out how the wild predecessors of our most iconic cabin pets carry on their ancient traditions
By Brian M. Collins
Published: May 1, 2012
leopard frog
These hoppers metamorphose, switch habitat between land and water, and change up their camo to blend with their surroundings
By Brian M. Collins
Published: April 1, 2012
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My adventures of experiencing wolves in the wild
By Brian M. Collins
Published: March 23, 2012
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How I captured this once-in-a-lifetime shot
By Brian M. Collins
Published: January 20, 2012
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These cunning members of the canine family are
experts at problem-solving and adaptation

Story & photos by Brian M. Collins

Published: January 20, 2012
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By Brian M. Collins
Published: December 16, 2011
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For more than 25 million years, the common loon has been a master of lake living, performing haunting songs, artful dives, and impressive dances

By Brian M. Collins
Published: December 16, 2011
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By Brian M. Collins
Published: December 16, 2011
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The mystery of the loon "Breakfast Club"
By Brian M. Collins
Published: December 16, 2011
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By Brian M. Collins
Published: October 7, 2011
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By Brian M. Collins
Published: October 7, 2011
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How some creatures endure the bluster and blizzards through hibernation
By Brian M. Collins
Published: October 7, 2011
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These crucial cabin allies too often get a bad rap
By Rob Mies
Published: August 1, 2011
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These social & spirited animals bring joy to cabin country

By Brian M. Collins
Published: June 6, 2011
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One of nature's most spectacular shows

By Brian M. Collins
Published: April 28, 2011
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Attract more gossamer-winged beauties to your cabin garden        

By Neil Diboll
Published: March 24, 2011
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Catch a  glimpse of these ultimate stealth predators – if you can

By Brian M. Collins
Published: February 17, 2011
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A close-up look at this majestic soaring predator

By Brian M. Collins
Published: January 20, 2011
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By Neil Diboll
Published: January 20, 2011
By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: January 20, 2011
Question and Answer Article
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By Brian M. Collins
Published: December 17, 2010
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A closer glimpse into the life of the moose

By Brian M. Collins
Published: December 17, 2010
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: November 8, 2010
Question and Answer Article
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Published: September 27, 2010
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A gentler look at this predator

By Brian M. Collins
Published: April 16, 2010
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Getting the perfect photo proves a challenge
By Joe Brandmeier
Published: March 26, 2010
Hermit Thrush in April Snows
By Brian M. Collins
Published: March 16, 2010
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By Brian M. Collins
Published: January 27, 2010
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By Brian M. Collins
Published: November 1, 2009
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By Brian M. Collins
Published: September 1, 2009
By Brian M. Collins
Published: July 1, 2009
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A honey of an insect — and smart for their size!

By Brian M. Collins
Published: May 1, 2009
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By Brian M. Collins
Published: May 1, 2009
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By Brian M. Collins
Published: March 1, 2009
By Nancy Cain
Published: March 1, 2009
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By Brian M. Collins
Published: February 1, 2009
Fox Snake Personality
By Brian M. Collins
Published: July 1, 2008
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Tips for creating a bird-watching paradise in your own yard
By Brian M. Collins
Published: May 1, 2008
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How do they get from here to there – and back again?

By Brian M. Collins
Published: March 1, 2008
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By Liz Scott
Published: February 1, 2008
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Advice on what, where and when  
By Brian M. Collins
Published: March 1, 2007
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By Spencer Foxworth
Published: February 1, 2007
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Top tips for wildlife photography
By Geoff Coalter
Published: February 1, 2007
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Night Moves
By Brian M. Collins
Published: December 1, 2006
The Right Feeder Makes a Big Difference
Published: October 1, 2006
Tips #6 in a series: Reduce Collisions
Published: August 1, 2006
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Clue: It has short ears and a long, hairless tail
By Nancy Cain
Published: August 1, 2006
Find out how easy it is to attract feathered friends
Published: May 1, 2006
Tip #4 in a series: Go easy on the chemicals
Published: May 1, 2006
Tip #3 in a series: Keep feeders full, clean and sanitary

Published: April 1, 2006
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One is cute; 20,000 are obnoxious!
By Nancy Cain
Published: March 1, 2006
Provide an inviting and healthy menu for your backyard friends
Published: March 1, 2006
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By Jennifer Hawks
Published: March 1, 2006
Roll out the welcome mat
Published: February 1, 2006
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Where do all the turtles go?
By Nancy Cain
Published: February 1, 2006
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The foods your winged friends can’t pass up

Published: December 1, 2005
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By Brian M. Collins
Published: October 1, 2005
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Uncovering the mysteries of migrating Canada geese
By Nancy Cain
Published: October 1, 2005
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By Ed Beaulieu
Published: August 1, 2005
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That's one well-designed bird!
By Brian M. Collins
Published: May 1, 2005
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Know the enemy – and fight back with these solutions

By Nancy Cain
Published: May 1, 2005
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Published: April 1, 2005
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The hunt is great sport for kids of all ages

By Brian M. Collins
Published: April 1, 2005
By Jana Voelke Studelska
Published: February 1, 2005
Question and Answer Article
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Don’t wing it. Plan a garden your feathered friends will frequent.

By Brian M. Collins
Published: February 1, 2005
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There's more than one way to hibernate
By Nancy Cain
Published: December 1, 2004
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30,000 quills – AND he falls out of trees. Ouch!

By Nancy Cain
Published: October 1, 2004
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